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Couldn't find a thread where we can discuss how we are liable to line up now with all the new signings...So here goes:-

 

 

.....................Guzan

 

..............Vlaar....Okore..

 

Lowton.............................Luna?

 

....................Delph

 

Lacuna.....Westwood.....Tonev

 

............Benteke....Gabby

 

Subs: Baker, Clark, Helenius, Sylla, New keeper

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-------------------Guzan

---------Vlaar--------------Okore--

Lowton----------------------Luna/Bennett

---------------------Delph

Weimann------ New ACM/Westwood----Tonev

----Benteke-------------------------Gabby

 

Subs: Baker, Helenius, Sylla, and some young'uns (Carruthers/Grealish) 

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Couldn't find a thread where we can discuss how we are liable to line up now with all the new signings...So here goes:-

 

 

.....................Guzan

 

..............Vlaar....Okore..

 

Lowton.............................Luna?

 

....................Delph

 

Lacuna.....Westwood.....Tonev

 

............Benteke....Gabby

 

Subs: Baker, Clark, Helenius, Sylla, New keeper

 

 

No weimann????

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------------------------------------ Guzan/Siegrist ---------------------------------

 

Lowton/?????? ----- Vlaar/Clark ------- Okore/Baker ---- Luna/Bennett

 

---------------- Westwood/El Ahmadi --- Delph/Sylla -------------------------

 

-------------------------------- ???????/Gardner ------------------------------

 

Weimann/Albrighton -------------------------------------- Agbonlahor/Tonev

 

--------------------------------  Benteke/Helenius -------------------------------

 

 

Squad: Steer(?), Herd, Bacuna

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I think this is how we may begin but with the idea of a competitive squad all the places are up for grabs and throughout the pre-season friendlies we'll see all sorts of combinations and whoever deserves their place will get it.

 

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Guzan

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Lowton
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Vlaar
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Okore
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Luna

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Westwood

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Sylla
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Delph

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Weimann
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Benteke
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Agbonlahor

 

SUBS

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Siegrist
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Bennett
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Baker
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Bacuna
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Tonev
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Helenius

 

And then N'Zogbia/Gardner/Possible new signing/Etc may well fit in to that empty slot on the bench to compete for a place.

 

I also think they'll be a fair few, Bowery and Carruthers etc out on loan playing "Man's Football"

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---------------Guzan

 

Lowton--Okore--Vlaar--Bennett

 

------Westwood---Delph

----------------???

 

Weimann--------------Agbonlahor

-------------Benteke

 

 

I still worry about the defence if I'm honest but what we will have next season is a squad with serious competition, even for a place on the bench. 

 

 

 

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At the moment our starting line up will probably be

                                  Guzan

 

Lowton               Vlaar         Okore              Bennett

                                     

                                Westwood

                Sylla                              Delph

 

Weimann                                                      Gabby

                                Benteke

 

Nothing much will change as far as I'm concerned. We played well at the end of last year and I don't think we really need to change things.

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At the moment our starting line up will probably be

                                  Guzan

 

Lowton               Vlaar         Okore              Bennett

                                     

                                Westwood

                Sylla                              Delph

 

Weimann                                                      Gabby

                                Benteke

 

Nothing much will change as far as I'm concerned. We played well at the end of last year and I don't think we really need to change things.

Exactly this

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I think this is how we may begin but with the idea of a competitive squad all the places are up for grabs and throughout the pre-season friendlies we'll see all sorts of combinations and whoever deserves their place will get it.

 

keeper.png
Guzan

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Lowton
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Vlaar
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Okore
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Luna

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Westwood

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Sylla
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Delph

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Weimann
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Benteke
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Agbonlahor

 

SUBS

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Siegrist
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Bennett
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Baker
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Bacuna
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Tonev
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Helenius

 

And then N'Zogbia/Gardner/Possible new signing/Etc may well fit in to that empty slot on the bench to compete for a place.

 

I also think they'll be a fair few, Bowery and Carruthers etc out on loan playing "Man's Football"

 

 

That bench looks a lot healthier doesn't it. Granted, untested players but looks decent to me. Apart from Bennett of course. ;)

 

My team for 1st game of season would be:-

 

=====================Guzan=================================

 

Lowton===========Okore========Vlaar=====================Luna

 

=============Westwood======Sylla============================

 

=====================Tonev=================================

 

Weimann=============Benteke===========================Gabby

 

SUBS:

Steer?,Bacuna, Baker, Helenius, Delph.

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Interesting that everyone has Vlaar on the right of the back 4. I actually think he'll move over and Okore will come in on the right. That's where he played for FCN by all accounts and, apparently, Vlaar played on the left side at Feyenoord. Might be a bit much to expect Okore to come straight in to a new league and switch sides instantly too. Vlaar I think could handle it.

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Guzan
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Baker
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Lowton
                                   
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Luna
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Westwood
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Murphy
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Weimann
                                 
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Agbonlahor
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Benteke
 
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Siegrist
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Bennett
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Clark
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Tonev
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Bacuna
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Helenius
 
 
 
 
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Hoping for this formation (not sure on Bacuna yet but dont think Westwood + Delph/Sylla is strong enough)

 

                 Guzan

Lowton   Vlaar   Okore   Luna

      Westwood   Bacuna

Weimann    Murphy     Gabby

                 Benteke

 

 

Personally think we'll see:

 

                   Guzan

Lowton  Vlaar   Okore    Luna

                    Sylla

      Westwood   Delph

                  Murphy

         Weimann    Benteke

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I think weimanns position in the team will come under severe threat and so it should. He shouldn't be guaranteed starts, and I do wonder whether in away games, having a winger I.e bacuna or tonev in the team ahead of him would benefit the quality of our counter attacks, and natural width. Would anyone agree? I love the lad but in certain games it would be better to deploy natural widemen.

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                                      Guzan

Lowton              Vlaar                 Okore                 Luna

 

              Sylla           Westwood         Delph

 

       Weimann            Benteke             Gabby

 

Bench;

 

Keeper, Clark, Baker, Gardner, Bacuna, Tonev, Helenius.

 

Although difficult to say regarding new signings in terms of maybe a couple more outfield players to come in or if N'Zogbia stays etc..

 

then Bennett, KEA, Albrighton etc as well...

 

Good squad coming a long really. quite ridiculously young. 

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I would go

 

----------Guzan----------

 

-Lowton-Okore-Vlaar-Luna

 

------Westwood---Delph---

 

-Weimann-Tonev--Agbonlahor

 

----------Benteke------------

 

This is essentially the formation we played a few times last season (most notably the Man U disaster) with the exception that Tonev is in for N'Zogbia and Weimann is shifted out wide. Admittedly, I haven't seen enough of Tonev to know whether or not he would be suited for this role, but from the brief clips I've seen him, he seems to be capable of playing there. My concerns with this formation is that it is a bit too attacking. Tonev will need to work hard to chip in the middle while Gabby and Andi can't neglect their defensive duties. I'm also still not convinced with Westwood and Delph's defensive tracking. Too many times last season, they miscommunicated on who would pick up who. I don't necessarily think this is all the back line's fault, but more of a systematic failure for the whole team.

 

On the positives, it is very attacking and the line of three with Andi, Tonev, and Gabby can interchange at any time, making the runs difficult to track. We will be incredibly quick on the break and Westwood and Delph can do a good job keeping possession when we have the ball against weaker teams.

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Hoping for this formation (not sure on Bacuna yet but dont think Westwood + Delph/Sylla is strong enough)

 

                 Guzan

Lowton   Vlaar   Okore   Luna

      Westwood   Bacuna

Weimann    Murphy     Gabby

                 Benteke

 

 

Personally think we'll see:

 

                   Guzan

Lowton  Vlaar   Okore    Luna

                    Sylla

      Westwood   Delph

                  Murphy

         Weimann    Benteke

 

If Bacuna starts, he will not be adopted in that role.  He likes to get forward. I'd see him more in the Murphy role, but I am hoping that we do eventually get Murphy, and then you can look to just add either Delph or Sylla into Bacuna's position.

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I think Lambert will get back to changing formations / line ups every few matches to feel his way through the squad. Wouldnt surprise me at all to see us change formations every two games or so for the first month or two.

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