Snowflake RoyalHound Thanks all for the detail. Yes Ejaria & 1 more defensive CM plus a striker and I’ll be happy
I'm not convinced Ejaria is the right player for what we need, but he's good and he's safe.
We have so many players who can play in behind the striker but who you'd describe as doing nothing more than filling in for that central role.
In terms of where our players are most effective, it seems to me it's:
CM: Rinomhota, East
ACM: Swift, Olise, Loader, Holsgrove, (Ejaria).
We just seem to fail to balance our squad again and again. Spending a lot of time shifting players into suboptimal positions because we've got too many for one area and not enough for another.
We can get by without a dedicated DM if we have two decent all rounders. What I don't see working is mixing one good all rounder with two soft flair attackers.
If Swift is our best option at ACM then I’m worried. His passing is so inconsistent. Agree that the side lacks balance. It was clear to see last night. My view is that a CDM is the absolute priority. When Baker played in that role it made a huge difference. We looked balanced and it took pressure off our back four who could pass the ball to him to distribute. Without such a player the back four are going to make passes out of defence that put us into trouble.