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2007/2008 Defence or 2008/2009 Defence. Which is better?


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  1. 1. Which is the best?

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I was wondering if a poll could be set up for this.

The question says it all in the title

After much debate on these boards about strengthening our team, to go on to the next level, i was wondering how many people think we are better off now than we were last year?

2007/2008

Carson

Mellberg---Davies---Laursen---Bouma

2008/2009

Friedel

Young -----Davies---Laursen---Shorey

My guess is, because i've put the Goalkeeper in there, that people will go for 2008/2009?

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As good as Mellberg was, Young offers something different at right back. He can attack more and I think he has a bit more pace. He's not as good defensively as Olof, but for the position, it balances out, with maybe Young just edging seeing as it's his specialist position.

IMO it's quite similar with Shorey and Bouma too. Bouma is a great defender and is great in the tackle, but his use of the ball leaves something to be desired. Shorey can pass very well and he also gets back well.

As your last sentence states, the difference is the 'keeper, which is a huge improvement.

And with Bouma still to come back, I will have to go with this year's defence.

Thank you please.

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Back 4 alone I'd probably go with last year's. Mellberg and Bouma are seasoned internationals who would most likley fare well in a UEFA Cup run. But I'd take Friedel over Carson every time in a million.

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It's a bit difficult cos "New" defence hasn't played yet!!

However I agreed with IMARSHA "Mellberg was class but was not a Right Back"... Plus we have Friedel factor this season!

So I'd have to go with 2008/09 because defence was a weak spot...

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Young is actually a right back and Friedel will actually save a shot thats on target so its an easy choice.

What!!!!! We now have a keeper who doesn't palm shots straight at him into the net!? NO WAY! :lol:

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Wouldn't mind seeing them play together a few times first. But on paper, this season's by a good distance.

In fact, I'm going to alter my fantasy team to include at least one Villa defender/keeper

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Young is actually a right back and Friedel will actually save a shot thats on target so its an easy choice.

What!!!!! We now have a keeper who doesn't palm shots straight at him into the net!? NO WAY! :lol:

I think my offical description of our goal keeper last year when anyone asked me was

if its on target, its in.

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I n purely defending terms last years back four is marginally better. However Carson was awful. For me it was his complete reluctance to come of his line. He needed to back four to protect him too much. So having freidel behind our back 4 is a big improvement. Going forward it is vastly improved. We now have fullbacks capable of delivering a good cross and linking up well with the player directly in front of them. this will help us to concede less simply by having FB's that don't give the ball straight back to the opposition when under pressure, as well as the awful crosses Bouma in particular would put in, they always when straight to the oppostion LB or out of play.

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I n purely defending terms last years back four is marginally better. However Carson was awful. For me it was his complete reluctance to come of his line. He needed to back four to protect him too much. So having freidel behind our back 4 is a big improvement. Going forward it is vastly improved. We now have fullbacks capable of delivering a good cross and linking up well with the player directly in front of them. this will help us to concede less simply by having FB's that don't give the ball straight back to the opposition when under pressure, as well as the awful crosses Bouma in particular would put in, they always when straight to the oppostion LB or out of play.

I dont need to write anything because this is totally my view. But it would also be nice to have Davis play a higher percentage of games too.

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