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Post by Art Morte Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:33 pm

So many BPL clubs seem to be heading into the season with just two established / reliable strikers.

Liverpool - Suarez & Borini
Tottenham - Adebayor & Defoe
Newcastle - Cisse & Ba
Arsenal - Giroud & Podolski
Chelsea - Torres & Sturridge

And all these teams have European competitions on top of domestic ones.
Does anyone else find this weird?
And which club do you think is going to struggle the most if their main man gets injured or loses form?
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Post by Tomwin Lannister Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:40 pm

Chelsea would be in the most trouble considering they don't want to play the back up striker as a striker in the first place.
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Post by Gil Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:42 pm

Depth at CF is overrated.
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Post by juventus101 Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:36 pm

The good thing is how common false nines are used nowadays, so even if both strikers are hurt, they could throw a winger or attacking midfielder up top and usually make it work. For example, if Torres and Sturridge were unavailable, Chelsea could play a frontline of Mata-Hazard-Marin which I bet would work.
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:17 pm

Most of those play with one striker tbf.....

We are the ones that are really vulnerable with the possibility of AFCON and our 3rd and 4th striker being Ameobi and a 17 yr old Laughing
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Post by RedOranje Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:19 pm

Pacheco is still with us!
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Post by RealGunner Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:20 pm

your lack of faith in chamakh Mad
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Post by donttreadonred Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:31 pm

RealGunner wrote:your lack of faith in chamakh Mad
More like Wengers lack of faith in Chamakh...
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Post by Le Samourai Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:57 pm

United And City bought all the good ones TBF.


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Post by Onyx Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:00 am

Isn't Podolski going to play LW with Giroud as CF?

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Post by urbaNRoots Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:01 am

The title-challenging teams (Manchester clubs) have more strikers. Tells you all really.
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Post by teamanarchy Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:04 am

Well, the season before last, Mourinho did it...
Only Higuain and Benzema...
But it came back to haunt us when Higuain got injured... we did get Ade on loan, but essentially spent the entire season with only 2 available strikers... Didn't hurt our season much
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Post by fatman123 Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:14 am

WBA: Long, Odenwigie, Lukaku and Rosenburg

dat CF depth while only playing with one striker :bow:
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Post by donttreadonred Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:21 am

fatman123 wrote:WBA: Long, Odenwigie, Lukaku and Rosenburg

dat CF depth while only playing with one striker :bow:
Don't they usually play with 2? Or at least play one wide?

BTW, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle, and Chelsea all play with one of the strikers listed out wide.
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Post by EarlyPrototype Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:26 am

Real Madrid is the way forward.

Benzema + Higuain - 2 forwards ftw :coffee:
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Post by fatman123 Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:43 am

donttreadonred wrote:
fatman123 wrote:WBA: Long, Odenwigie, Lukaku and Rosenburg

dat CF depth while only playing with one striker :bow:
Don't they usually play with 2? Or at least play one wide?

BTW, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle, and Chelsea all play with one of the strikers listed out wide.

yeah thats right, both games Long has started at CF and against 'pool Odenwingie played as an inverted winger, but vs Spuds they played with fourtune and dorrans wide
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:22 am

donttreadonred wrote:
BTW,Newcastle play with one of the strikers listed out wide.

Nope, i wish we would though Sad

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Post by Onyx Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:44 am

Didn't Ba suck at LW?

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Post by Red Alert Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:03 am

Mad Stupid stupid stupid.
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Post by McAgger Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:57 am

Samed Yesil :bow: ......BR actually bought him to start, not for reserves Two Strikers - Way to go? 123n7r
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Post by JAY-Z Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:39 am

Some youngsters will get some game time for sure:D.
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Post by Art Morte Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:55 am

I find this particularly weird for Liverpool and Chelsea who both loaned out a CF (Carroll and Lukaku) who could step in to offer something different or if the first two strikers need a rest, are injured or banned.

Going to be tough for Newcastle, too, since both Dembas are regular starters... Actually the same probably applies to Arsenal as well x)
Chamack, yeah... Come on Chamack, come on!

But my bottom line is that if this shortness of attacking options doesn't come to bite back any of those clubs during the season it's going to be a small miracle. Just hoping it won't be Liverpool...
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Post by donttreadonred Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:02 pm

Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:
donttreadonred wrote:
BTW,Newcastle play with one of the strikers listed out wide.

Nope, i wish we would though Sad

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Really? I thought you had been playing:

Ba----Cisse---Ben Arfa
--Jonas---Cabaye
------Tiote

TBH, I would play some kind of 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 if I had Ba and Cisse, too. Ba just doesn't work very well on the LW.
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:13 pm

4-4-2 is awful, i rant about it constantly and that's what we have used so far this season.

Ba might not be his best from a goalscoring POV but the team is at it's best when we use 4-3-3 and that's what matters.

1. Ba and Cisse are crap as a 2.

2. Forces Cabaye and Ben Arfa into their own half

3. Jonas has to play left wing and provide creativity and he can't do it.

All round it's just shit.
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Post by Onyx Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:20 pm

What about 4-2-3-1?

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