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Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

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On 27/09/2018 at 8:07 PM, Bob Singleton said:

In effect a more fluid version of 4-2-3-1

For the most part, yeah.

Although there's still going to be other issues unresolved.

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7 hours ago, Kezza said:

Anyone feels Kovacic and Barkley instead of Kante could be better in this team? Crazy to think that but yeah. It's been a while since we say "Kante was everywhere in this match!"

I don't think there's a real solution either way to be honest with you, not unless Sarri alters his system a little anyway.

We drop Kante and there goes our only real bit of midfield resolve when we don't have the ball - which is something we already look suspect with as it is. We'd lose his energy, tackling, mobility and tracking back qualities. There's a good chance the midfield becomes further unbalanced then it can already be at times. 

The upside to dropping him for Barkley would be offensively gaining another creative player who can grab a goal or an assist. On the flip side, Barkley can be guilty of giving away possession cheaply, nor does he have that same energy or all-round game to fill the defensive duties when we aren't in possession. 

Fabregas would offer similar to Barkley, but with even less mobility and usefulness when not in possession. Having both Fabregas and Jorginho in the same side together probably won't happen either.

Because we generally have so much possession in games now it's a difficult balance to strike - more so because of issues in some other areas as well compound things further. Teams who may only end up getting 35% possession or so in a game are still able to cause us some serous problems defensively. Dropping our only midfielder who really has the skills to help tackle that issue could end up making the overall problem worse. 

Not to mention we'd look absolutely daft dropping a player like Kante to begin with. If that happened and we lost, oh boy. I can see the media sharpening their knives. 

Edited by xCELERYx

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