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18 Jun 2018 15:01:15
Time to push a couple of buttons. Got to ask do people think it's necessary to have a tall bruising defensive midfielder anymore in the shape of Gilberto Silva or Nzonzi? Maybe I'm slaving to world cup hype but after watching the double pivot of Guardado and Herrera agaisnt Germany I'm starting to think a midfield pair of Torreira and AMN might be the way to go, even against the physical sides such as your Manchester United's/ Cardiff's next season. Opinions?

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18 Jun 2018 15:32:26
Xhaka and Torreira or Torreira and Ramsey will be fine. Even Xhaka, Torreira and Ramsey in a midfield 3 would be ideal too :)

18 Jun 2018 15:34:00
My favorite 'defensive' style player presently is Kante. Completely opposite to tall and bruising. So much energy and bite, reading the game well and moving the ball quickly. A double pivot of AMN and Toerreira could be great, and being honest, i'd find that more exciting than N'Zonzi.

18 Jun 2018 15:57:35
Trouble is 77 where do you find another Kante mate?
To play cmf you've got to have an engine be prepared to do as much to stop goals as well as create and score them and of course be able to tackle is a must. Sorry but the closest thing we have to ticking all those boxes currently is Elneny and most of us consider him a squad player.
We need energy and commitment as well as ability in the middle if we are ever going to be competitive again. I don't think physical size matters as much as the size of a players will to give everything to win, staring with not conceeding.

18 Jun 2018 16:22:40
Yes we need a tall strong midfielder to play with (if he comes) torreira. Our midfield last season with the players we played were flakey at defending. let's tighten the job up and allow the attackers do their job. AMN could be the answer next to him but until he has a few games we won't know that he is up to it. When we were away from home, players like xhaka, wilshire, elneny, ozil and ramsey were toothless and they are not going to magically improve that side of their game. We have too many flakey players and we need a bit of bite in the midfield to allow the flair players to get on with their job. Also a bit of size helps in both boxes.

18 Jun 2018 16:34:50
Kante his best game I feel is next to someone who holds aka a matic and he goes to hunt people down.

18 Jun 2018 17:00:06
He does indeed Derby mate, Kante brings everything to the table, he hunts destroys creates and even scores the odd goal too, I don't care what VAR says there is always two of Kante on the pitch in every game.

18 Jun 2018 17:12:03
Kante, quite rightly Derby plays usually next to a destroyer and is then allowed to go about his business.

19 Jun 2018 07:41:23
We have been crying out for a tall, athletic defensive midfield player since the trophy-winning days of Vieira, Petit and Gilberto.
Assuming Emery uses his 4-2-3-1 formation, the pairing of Torreira and Nzonzi would prove quite formidable and will finally give the back four the protection they require.

19 Jun 2018 16:38:36
Coq was our successful recent battering ram, nzonzi would be a bigger influence because of his size and ability, an upgrade.

19 Jun 2018 19:19:34
For me Nzonzi is very much like Fellaini, not so much as in style but the fact that on their day they can be unplayable and a real pain. But those days are far and few between. I think if Fellaini played In Spain he would also look better. Like kongogbia he looks good in Spain .

19 Jun 2018 20:39:51
Fellaini, has to be played right, in the right position and the right team, he is like a battering ram in the opposition box, where as nzonzi is a protection for the defence. Fellaini in his best position isn't required by us but nzonzi or his type is. They don't have to be fancy just effective.







 

 

 
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