Open Your Eyes Morty!
- Jun 23, 2005
Sorry mate your mistaken,if i am not mistaken, many times rafa used all three together masch,alonso and lucas.
i think the correct term to describe alonso is simply and old fashioned playmaker. like Xavi of barcelona
Only 2 games the 3 started a game togther in the PL (Hull April 2009 and Villa August 2008).
Till Alonso left (Summer 2009), Lucas was essentially a backup player for either Masc or Alonso. When he came on as substitute in almost every instance it was for one of them.
Even if you include times he came on as sub you have less than 5 games in the league.
The reason Alonso is refered to as a holding midfielder, is if you look at our team at the time (almost always 4-2-3-1). Alonso always was one of those (-2-), sitting in front of defence. Deep-lying playmaker, is just as valid a term for Alonso, however "playmaker" by itself generally implies a more attacking player like Xavi whose passing directly leads to goals, than a player who orchestrates play.
Its all academic anyway, terms are only to give an illustration of what we mean. They often overlap, or incorperate other terms (eg I would say all defensive midifielders are holding midfielders, but not all holding midfielders are defensive midfielders) and players cross boundaries eg Alonso also being a deep lying play maker (as his passing does lead to goals) unlike Allen/Lucas whose passing simply helps dictate tempo/keep the ball moving to provide a base to attack from.