- Sep 19, 2012
So. Moving on from Mac_Red's attempts to dismantle yet another thread.I am of the opposite opinion. I agree that Suarez did cause chaos, especially when he drifted out wide but as i see it if he is better when he's out wide wouldn't it be easier and smarter to just get a goalscorer who can make the most of all the chances he creates. That also fills one of the wide areas with someone you just said creates so much space and chances when he is out wide. Someone also mentioned (think it was ISMF) that we are currently converting chances at 7%, lowest in the league i think so surely a true goalscorer that scores at better than 7% is needed.
To me the best front line would be Sterling, new striker, Suarez with Sterling and Suarez constantly swapping. Suarez is always available then if our new striker is injured with Borini as backup and with 3 available strikers we can even try new formations that require 2 strikers with 1 on the bench. If anything the fact that Suarez isn't available next week and we'll be using someone like Yesil kind of shows how badly we need a striker.
I don't agree with Suarez as a right forward. I think his best qualities would be diminished if he was shifted out wide. Firstly, he would need to do a lot more defensive duties. Secondly, he would have much more trouble roaming horizontally across the final third which is what makes him so unpredictable now. If he becomes a right forward, first of all, he would be pretty much restricted to moving up and down the right channel and he would only be able to "roam" horizontally or cut inwards when the other striker vacates the space.
I think we can all agree on one thing. The system isn't going to change all too much. And Suarez is one of the hardest working, most versatile, and tricky strikers in the world right now. His ability to pretty much do anything from provide an assist with a perfect lob, poach, score belters, beat three men single handedly and etc. is what makes him such an effective false 9. I think BR knows this and he is consciously building the team around Suarez as a false 9 for that reason. Bringing in a striker that could simply bang in the goals would fail unless the striker was versatile and had a diverse skill set and could operate successfully as a false 9. He can't just be someone who tucks away goals. He would need to be involved in all the interplay like Suarez is now. Unfortunately, strikers that are capable of providing this sort of interplay in Suarez's level are usually worth Falcao or Aguero money.
I agree that we are sort of thin in the striking department because we have no one else other than a young and inexperienced (and currently injured) Borini to replace Suarez in the event of injury or bans. Which is why I think it makes sense why BR is looking at players that can play both roles of wide forward and central like Sturridge and Walcott. Ideally though, if everyone was fit and available, Suarez should be the main man in the false 9 role because his class and abilities is so much above everyone's that everything should flow through him. If he was shifted over to the right, he would be limited to a more one dimensional role and wouldn't be able to do as much as he can now. We're just two top wide forwards away to having a really strong starting XI.