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Slav has interesting option to problem position

cresswellCandHAmid all the e mails drama this morning one critically important question has remained unanswered – who’s gonna play on the left side of midfield against Huddersfield Town?

With Andre Ayew and Manu Lanzini injured and Marko Arnautovic serving out the last game of his suspension there is no naturally left sided player available.

So Slaven Bilic will need to be quite clever in how he sets up the team. On the other hand, the solution may be staring him in the face.

His name is Aaron Cresswell and given the circumstances it would be perhaps be a realistic move to stick him down the left in front of Arthur Masuaku.

Cressie is a player who looks better when attacking and looks a decent option given the lack of alternatives available to the boss.

With Edmilson Fernandes also injured we have revised our earlier line up and believe the Irons could look like this on Monday night: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Antonio, Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Sakho, Hernandez.

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16 comments on “Slav has interesting option to problem position

  1. Masuaku looks better attacking and going on runs, cresswell does have better crossing but i’d be way more comfortable with cresswell in defense over masuaku

    • 100%

    • Agree good at take ons has pace good dribble and he does have a decent cross he always looked better at LWB then LB. He can play LW.
      Still think a back 3 is a must Cressie at LWB and Masuaku at LW or front 3 w Sahko (not a fan but he is in form)
      Huddersfield played Altona with mainly b team and won 3-0 so need to be ready for press. And that Sabiri kid at 20 who had great record already in Bundesliga 2 paid £1m and got 2 assists and 1 goal true #10… I’m jealous we need a backup #10 and he is there #2 #10 looks brilliant.

  2. I would personally go for Masuaku in LM with Cresswell at LB as Cresswell is better defensively and Masuaku better going forward and would have Kouyate and Obiang in the middle over Noble any day of the week.

    • But will Bilic actually not start Noble. Kouyate and Obiang def should start and Slav has to be willing to let Noble ride bench. BC Huddersfield will be to much for him Zab to w that fast press and Mounie strength heigh and pace + finishing and Mooy from outside will be dangerous for Hart

    • spot on 1974 …. Noble not good enough . COYI

  3. This is terrible after just three games and an international break!

  4. Well, at least that is a 4-3-3.

  5. Masuaku in midfield with Creswell overlapping for crosses, just like old Alan Devonshire and Frankie Lampard……..

  6. Give Holland, Quina or Samuelson a go. If I’d have to choose I’d rather Cress lb and Mas in front of him. Mas just doesn’t know how to defend, sorry.

    • I’d give Holland a shot but Bilic won’t in this game Quina has been out of Form and Sameulsen just recently got back from surgery but I’d like to see Holland play LW he has been great in Pl2 and preseason and Sameulsen looked a real #10 first run at Petersborough but next loan didtn work and then back to Peters…. I would like to see Sead play to we did sign him like to see what he offers as AM

  7. Forget about the left side a minute, who put Noble in? Heck isn’t the Tea Lady available? Cresswell has to be in as far as I am concerned Masuaku get’s his pocket picked to easily by anyone who has even remotely any speed. Everyone else is playing young players successfully, why not us ? Samuelson has proved useful before and he has ability. Anything except the same old, same old, it has failed before it will fail again.

  8. Obiang in midfield and Sakho up front . Noble must not start . If he does it plays into Huddersfield strengths . Ayew on bench and why can’t Rice play left midfield in front of Cresswell ? CoyI

  9. Arthur has been poor so far this season but then again so have most.

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