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Barnsey is going to need time to get upto his usual speed even if he is all healed up. Look at Ricardo although out much longer but its a mental thing. JJ will be the same as Ricardo when he comes back. It just takes time thats all. My guess is we won't see Barnes until the very last few games of the season and he probably won't be sprinting, dribbling or shooting anything like he was at peak pre-injury. We need to be patient with the kid and give him space to figure it all out. We are what we are now without him and JJ. Just need to play to our potential every game as a team and not look for individual brilliance to bail out poor performances.

Foxes march on! :scarf:

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1 hour ago, Lambert09 said:

HB’s is going to be the biggest headache for Brendan. 
 

his inclusion means a change of formation. A decision on which 2 cbs to play. A decision on how to use iheanacho. 
 

I’ve gone from desperate to have him back, to happy to wait. Especially given what’s gone on 

He'll be a great option to have on the bench either way.

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Barnes still 'a number of weeks away' then. 

 

Not great as was hoping to have him back and up and running for the run in. 

 

Could miss the rest of the season? 

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Just now, StanSP said:

Barnes still 'a number of weeks away' then. 

 

Not great as was hoping to have him back and up and running for the run in. 

 

Could miss the rest of the season? 

Back for the last 3 

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would be good if he's back for the newcastle game on the 8th of May so could get some minutes in his legs before the last 3 big games (4 if we make the final)

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22 minutes ago, StanSP said:

Barnes still 'a number of weeks away' then. 

 

Not great as was hoping to have him back and up and running for the run in. 

 

Could miss the rest of the season? 

He won't be back will he. Might make the FA cup final and last few games, but Brendan's "few weeks" effectively rules Barnes out till mid may.

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I was thinking about this earlier and wasn't sure what thread to put it in or to maybe start a new one.

 

Throughout the season due to our injuries, people have always said 'Will we ever get to field our strongest team' this season. Going into the game this weekend, could we potentially be playing our 'strongest team'? 

 

Kasper

Ricardo

Fofana

Soyuncu

Castagne

Ndidi 

Tielemans

Maddison

Vardy 

Iheanacho

 

Barnes has been arguably one of our players of the season, but in his absence we have been forced into the 5-3-2-1 / 3-4-1-2 due to our lack of depth on the wing. 

 

By bringing Barnes back into the side, this changes our formation back to 4-2-3-1 which forces one of Fofana, Evans or Soyuncu out the side and either Maddison or Iheanacho for another winger. 

 

Would Justin replace either Ricardo or Castagne? To be fair, I think he would replace Castagne based on current form. 

 

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5 minutes ago, Ross 'LCFC' Turner said:

I was thinking about this earlier and wasn't sure what thread to put it in or to maybe start a new one.

 

Throughout the season due to our injuries, people have always said 'Will we ever get to field our strongest team' this season. Going into the game this weekend, could we potentially be playing our 'strongest team'? 

 

Kasper

Ricardo

Fofana

Soyuncu

Castagne

Ndidi 

Tielemans

Maddison

Vardy 

Iheanacho

 

Barnes has been arguably one of our players of the season, but in his absence we have been forced into the 5-3-2-1 / 3-4-1-2 due to our lack of depth on the wing. 

 

By bringing Barnes back into the side, this changes our formation back to 4-2-3-1 which forces one of Fofana, Evans or Soyuncu out the side and either Maddison or Iheanacho for another winger. 

 

Would Justin replace either Ricardo or Castagne? To be fair, I think he would replace Castagne based on current form. 

 

 

we are much better with Barnes in the side, as there is bugger all pace otherwise

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8 minutes ago, ParkerPen said:

 

we are much better with Barnes in the side, as there is bugger all pace otherwise

I agree, opens up so much more space for Vardy too, it’s interesting that Vardy hasn’t scored and we haven’t won a penalty since Barnes has been injured. 

 

With Barnes in our ‘strongest side’ who from my above list would miss out as the formation would surely need to change?

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1 hour ago, Ross 'LCFC' Turner said:

I agree, opens up so much more space for Vardy too, it’s interesting that Vardy hasn’t scored and we haven’t won a penalty since Barnes has been injured. 

 

With Barnes in our ‘strongest side’ who from my above list would miss out as the formation would surely need to change?

Probably Kelechi but I would take out Vardy on current form.

 

If Justin was available Ricardo would likely be the one to make way. His effort has been admirable but he's lost that bit of spark pre injury understandably. 

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20 hours ago, Ross 'LCFC' Turner said:

I agree, opens up so much more space for Vardy too, it’s interesting that Vardy hasn’t scored and we haven’t won a penalty since Barnes has been injured. 

 

With Barnes in our ‘strongest side’ who from my above list would miss out as the formation would surely need to change?

Surely he doesn’t need to replace anyone as you’ve only named 10 players? 
 

But agreed I think Justin has been a revelation and looked the most comfortable on the left so for me he has to start in our first choice 11. 
 

i guess we either go 4-2-3-1 so 2 of Ricardo, Castagne and Albrighton on the right, and Fofana or Söyüncü play with Kelechi on the bench.


Or we go with 3 atb and Iheanacho and Fofana / soy come in for Albrighton and Barnes/ Vardy. Either way it’s good to have both options but whilst Barnes and Justin are still out I expect we’ll stick with the 3atb and go more direct with a front 2.
 

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20 hours ago, Ross 'LCFC' Turner said:

I was thinking about this earlier and wasn't sure what thread to put it in or to maybe start a new one.

 

Throughout the season due to our injuries, people have always said 'Will we ever get to field our strongest team' this season. Going into the game this weekend, could we potentially be playing our 'strongest team'? 

 

Kasper

Ricardo

Fofana

Soyuncu

Castagne

Ndidi 

Tielemans

Maddison

Vardy 

Iheanacho

 

Barnes has been arguably one of our players of the season, but in his absence we have been forced into the 5-3-2-1 / 3-4-1-2 due to our lack of depth on the wing. 

 

By bringing Barnes back into the side, this changes our formation back to 4-2-3-1 which forces one of Fofana, Evans or Soyuncu out the side and either Maddison or Iheanacho for another winger. 

 

Would Justin replace either Ricardo or Castagne? To be fair, I think he would replace Castagne based on current form. 

 

Give your head a wobble if you think Evans isn’t in our strongest XI and Iheancho is.

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21 minutes ago, Freeman's Wharfer said:

Give your head a wobble if you think Evans isn’t in our strongest XI and Iheancho is.

You're right on Evans but I think Iheanacho has earnt the right to be in that eleven. 

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23 hours ago, Ross 'LCFC' Turner said:

I was thinking about this earlier and wasn't sure what thread to put it in or to maybe start a new one.

 

Throughout the season due to our injuries, people have always said 'Will we ever get to field our strongest team' this season. Going into the game this weekend, could we potentially be playing our 'strongest team'? 

 

Kasper

Ricardo

Fofana

Soyuncu

Castagne

Ndidi 

Tielemans

Maddison

Vardy 

Iheanacho

 

Barnes has been arguably one of our players of the season, but in his absence we have been forced into the 5-3-2-1 / 3-4-1-2 due to our lack of depth on the wing. 

 

By bringing Barnes back into the side, this changes our formation back to 4-2-3-1 which forces one of Fofana, Evans or Soyuncu out the side and either Maddison or Iheanacho for another winger. 

 

Would Justin replace either Ricardo or Castagne? To be fair, I think he would replace Castagne based on current form. 

 

Our strongest team is based on form.  We have more than 11 top players.

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2 hours ago, Freeman's Wharfer said:

Give your head a wobble if you think Evans isn’t in our strongest XI and Iheancho is.

But this is possibly true.   If all our players are fit, top players would have to be on the bench

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On 14/04/2021 at 15:42, cruzFOX said:

Barnsey is going to need time to get upto his usual speed even if he is all healed up. Look at Ricardo although out much longer but its a mental thing. JJ will be the same as Ricardo when he comes back. It just takes time thats all. My guess is we won't see Barnes until the very last few games of the season and he probably won't be sprinting, dribbling or shooting anything like he was at peak pre-injury. We need to be patient with the kid and give him space to figure it all out. We are what we are now without him and JJ. Just need to play to our potential every game as a team and not look for individual brilliance to bail out poor performances.

Foxes march on! :scarf:

Agreed none of our players coming back after any time out are well below  the form they were before.  They then come back in replacing people who have done well  Allbrightongetting left out is the supreme example 

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11 hours ago, lcfc sheff said:

Iheanacho and barnes as a front two would be interesting... I still think Barnes’ future is upfront. 

I'm sure Brendan has already quelled this and I agree that Barnes just doesn't quite have that strikers instinct. He's definitely at his best taking defenders on in wide positions or cutting inside. Vardy at his best does things and has movement that you just can't teach. 

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If their is any risk involved in pushing Barnes to play again this season hopefully Rodgers says no and will save him until next season, along with Justin it’s not worth any further injuries, Vardy is doing fine in that left side attacking position...

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