So, here we are in December, and what a great month of football we have ahead of us, which continues with Everton on Saturday, I mean Sunday!
Couple of comments caught my eye the other day:
LB: “I expect Walcott, Rosicky and Flamini to start on Wednesday with Wilshere, Ozil and Arteta moving to the bench; we could even have something as radical as a start for Bendtner”
Rasp: “Nah, we have to start with near our strongest side on Wednesday, it would be dangerous to underestimate Hull. We can sub the likes of Ozil and Giroud if we build a commanding lead”
Well, I’m in the camp that says always pick your strongest X1, however, there must be times where one of the 2nd XI’ers will be more effective than a First XI’er when the latter is knackered. In other words, by picking the Former, you would still be selecting your strongest XI on that particular day.
Of course there are some players that just do have that Eveready Battery Syndrome, whereas some appear to have more complex wiring, and unless everything is fully operational, their performance dips dramatically. I don’t know whether this is a mental or physical failing, but it does appear to be true.
I guess that with every aspect of today’s game being so carefully monitored and scrutinized by complex computer models, then Red Zones would pop on our Leaders’ Screen, but these things can never take in the full picture.
I say always pick the strongest XI, but how do you work that out? Sure we have a multitude of options in midfield, while fewer in defence or as striker. Does Ollie really show signs of fatigue and a vulnerability to injury? I can’t see it. Yesterday there was some talk of That Dutch Bloke. Would Utd have won the League so easily last term without him playing every game. I doubt it.
What is our strongest XI? The one that will perform most effectively on the day given the variables such as type of opposition. Then, these variables will vary as the game progresses and create natural opportunities for change. We effectively rotate two or three players every game by way of substitutions.
The real solution is to charge into an unassailable 4-0 lead inside 20, then make the changes :P
Written by MickyDidIt89