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1 hour ago, The whole world smiles said:

I have wondered for a while in an age of inverted wingers why do left backs still have to be left footed and right backs right footed? 

 

Obviously back in the day you wanted your stronger foot on the outside to stop wingers going past you on the outside but these days wingers are more likely to go past you on the inside and into the box. 

 

A question for one of our more tactically astute posters, @StriderHiryu  maybe? 

 

Personally I like my full backs to be the same footed as their position. in a 4-3-3 system of variant of it I want my full backs to provide the width with the front three being a central striker and two inside forwards. 

 

Not that I know much about Castagne but I'm not thrilled for him to come here and be our LB. I'd prefer a left footed full back with a great athletic qualities that could attack, Telles or Gosens ideally.

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38 minutes ago, Jobyfox said:

What would 'feel' like a Leicester signing?

 

Ryan McGivern? 

 

The other Ryan comes to mind....

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5 minutes ago, Fox in the North said:

This is more like it, it’s like the Perez transfer last year. No one has a clue it’s happening until it’s imminent. Seems a very tidy player from a team that has great collective spirit. Plenty of good potential sell on value if we can get 2 or 3 good quality seasons out of him. Hopefully with more European football :fc:

We have literally been linked with him since about January.

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I can’t help but think Rodgers wants to go with three at the back so this signing makes sense. I would love to see the following...

 

Kasper

 

JJ/Benkovic

Cags

Evans

 

Ricardo

Wilf

Tielemans

Castagne

 

Maddison

Barnes/Perez

 

Vardy

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14 minutes ago, wardyfox86 said:

This guy is a RB

JJ is a RB

 

If the club cannot convince a LB to come into a Europa League side as fist choice, then it's a failure on the recruitment department.

 

No, this isn't FM or FIFA, because on those games you can't sell the club to a player, it's reputation alone.

 

If this guy comes in and is sub £15m, then fair enough, but anything more then I'd be questioning the scouting dept. 

He is a RB but can play left back... 

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31 minutes ago, Dahnsouff said:

Yes, that was my point - he does whereas Telles or Tagliafico do not 

Fair enough. Clearly I got too excited at the prospect of a signing and misunderstood you :thumbup: lol

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9 minutes ago, wardyfox86 said:

This guy is a RB

JJ is a RB

 

If the club cannot convince a LB to come into a Europa League side as fist choice, then it's a failure on the recruitment department.

Look at his position history instead of making these assumptions.

 

He played LWB more times than he did RWB in the 18/19 and 19/20 seasons.

 

He clearly is a player who is comfortable playing both sides, for one of the most underrated teams in European Football.

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This for me either signals one of two things, either switching to a back 3 long term with Castagne at LWB or Seeing Justin’s long term future being at LB in the usual 4-3-3

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16 minutes ago, wardyfox86 said:

This guy is a RB

JJ is a RB

 

If the club cannot convince a LB to come into a Europa League side as fist choice, then it's a failure on the recruitment department.

 

No, this isn't FM or FIFA, because on those games you can't sell the club to a player, it's reputation alone.

 

If this guy comes in and is sub £15m, then fair enough, but anything more then I'd be questioning the scouting dept. 

Spot on. I totally agree with this, it is evident that his primary position is right back , why are we buying a right-footed right back to play LB. With a right footed right back in the form of Justin or Ricardo, it doesn't give any balance to the defence. Just my opinion I would like to be proved wrong. I just don't understand why we can't go after a target whose primary position is LB. Seems a bit odd to me.

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3 minutes ago, eddylcfc said:

I can’t help but think Rodgers wants to go with three at the back so this signing makes sense. I would love to see the following...

 

Kasper

 

JJ/Benkovic

Cags

Evans

 

Ricardo

Wilf

Tielemans

Castagne

 

Maddison

Barnes/Perez

 

Vardy

Think the lack of concrete links with any wingers indicates 3 at the back is likely, at least at the start of the season, especially if one of our first couple of signings is a CB. 

 

One of the few positives of the last few games is it showed Justin is capable as the right sided CB in a 3, so that gives us more flexibility when Ricardo is back. 

 

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19 minutes ago, sphericalfox said:

Interesting that we are possibly extending our Belgian contingent in the team. With Leuven, I wonder if this is a concerted effort or coincidental?

Top is in fact partial to a few Stellas now and again and like chips with everything.

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15 minutes ago, wardyfox86 said:

This guy is a RB

JJ is a RB

 

If the club cannot convince a LB to come into a Europa League side as fist choice, then it's a failure on the recruitment department.

 

No, this isn't FM or FIFA, because on those games you can't sell the club to a player, it's reputation alone.

 

If this guy comes in and is sub £15m, then fair enough, but anything more then I'd be questioning the scouting dept. 

Played as 45 games at LB and 49 games at RB during he's career so not just a RB

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1 minute ago, 4nDyth35y5t0nf0x said:

Spot on. I totally agree with this, it is evident that his primary position is right back , why are we buying a right-footed right back to play LB. With a right footed right back in the form of Justin or Ricardo, it doesn't give any balance to the defence. Just my opinion I would like to be proved wrong. I just don't understand why we can't go after a target whose primary position is LB. Seems a bit odd to me.

It might be because the club think by this time next year, Thomas will be ready to step in and Ricardo will be off.

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1 minute ago, 4nDyth35y5t0nf0x said:

Spot on. I totally agree with this, it is evident that his primary position is right back , why are we buying a right-footed right back to play LB. With a right footed right back in the form of Justin or Ricardo, it doesn't give any balance to the defence. Just my opinion I would like to be proved wrong. I just don't understand why we can't go after a target whose primary position is LB. Seems a bit odd to me.

I'm certain it's been confirmed several times, he can play left back comfortably. Regardless of his primary position, you clearly don't know enough of the player's career and ability by all accounts. If he was unable to play that position we wouldn't be signing him, he's versatile.

 

We actually have two other players that can play left back..

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Just read the first couple of pages of this thread…. It appears that people who’s opinion I respect (as in have watched him play) were pretty excited this back in March / April

 

i feel whelmed !  Not under or over - I fell whelmed

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I've always considered the Premier League like Formula 1, it's the tiny differences that ultimately make you successful or not. A Championship player who looks like a world beater might be half a yard short of pace meaning that they'll never make it in the Premier League. 

Each position probably has many variables clubs look at and I'd imagine it will be fine margins between between making it and being a flop, especially when coming from other countries with no experience/history of the league. 

 

The point I'm making is that I don't think you can have utility men in the Premier League, I mean how many can you think of in our team? How many are there in the Premier League as a whole? People are talking like we're going to sign this player that'll be like a Swiss Army knife, maybe you can get players like that in the lower leagues but not in the Premier League IMO. 

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This could go so many ways in formation. Consider JJ who rotated into left sided CB when we changed to 5 at the back last season. Now with Castagne we'd have the ability for rotating full backs, JJ and Benko cover for CB's and 2/3 full back formations. God knows what BR's plan is.

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