URZZZZNewCorkSethDenver Royal Looks a solid player, but worried about our lack of height at CB in this division, and was hoping it would be addressed.
For years we've been saying we're vulnerable to high balls in the box. We saw the impact Miazga at 6'4 had, and so I thought we'd take notice and act accordingly (even if it wasn't to be Miazga).
Moore is 6'1 and Morrison is 6'0. Morrison sounds good in the air for his size, but still.
When you give up height with a CB, the trade off can be that the player is good with the ball at his feet, but is he?
Plus, we lost Martinez who came off his line a lot for high balls. Will the new starting keeper be doing this?
Meh. I think height can be focused on a little bit too much.
Ilori is 6ft3 but rarely won aerial duels as he didnt go up for them. Moore wins aerial duels because he fights for them. All reports indicate Morrison is a battler and wins his fair share of aerial duels. I mean he scored from 6 corners last season. That's rarely accidental.
I wouldn't worry just yet.
I think you need specific height in the CB role or height in different areas over the pitch. Right now the front 6 could easily include Loader, Barrow, Swift, Rino, Olise (I.e lack of height). We have Meite, granted, but there’s a real lack of height elsewhere
For example in our three most successful champ seasons. We had Kitson help defend set pieces, we had Yann (he was fantastic at this), our 2011/12 season we had height in pretty much every position (Ledge, Kebe, Pearce, Gorkss, Hunt was a real asset in the air). Last year we seemed a bit on the small side, certainly compared to other teams, and we were susceptible to set pieces
Meite, Loader and Swift are the same height. All 6ft. Olise is 5ft11 according to the internet.
Do you have any facts to back up the feeling that we were suceptable to set pieces? Because I bet we conceded about the same as our 2011/12 season from corners and indirect free kicks.
Height is a myth in football. Yes it's nice to have a tall player (like Cooper) but it doesn't mean you concede less from set pieces. There is no statistical data to back up that claim and I am frankly sick of hearing about it.
No offense meant..
Someone needs to do an in depth study of goals conceded to show this myth as bollocks. Some if the most successful CBs have been below 6ft. And before you get started on "it's the championship" argument just don't. Football is football.