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West Bromwich Albion FC / From 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2
« on: January 15, 2012, 06:55:58 PM »
After watching every home game this season and listening to the phone in's after the Norwich game yesterday I'm just wondering what the justification is for changing formations from last season.

When Roy came in he was a breath of fresh air but instead of radically changing the side we started to pick up results due to the newly found organisation in the team.

4-2-3-1 allowed us to play Scharner and Mulumbu in those withdrawn roles and provide the back four with some real protection however what was more important was that it allowed Brunt Morrison/Dorrans Thomas to attack. As Thomas is the traditional winger, the formation suited them, allowing them to swap positions and cause the opposition some real problems. It also suited Odemwingie, with so much support it allowed him to be more free upfront. IMO it would also suit Long who has looked a better player on his own.

With this seasons rigid 4-4-2 we have had to resort to Morrison or Dorrans on the wing, albeit injuries, however how can any albion fan say these two have really done well on the wing would be wrong, and not many have. Morrison's best form has been in the middle and against Norwich his abilities were completely wasted. Yesterday when Morrison drifted in the middle, Scharner ended up on right wing, especially in the second half and that was a complete disaster. Also with the 4-4-2 we have Mulumbu and Scharner in the centre, with no real creativity, it appears when one attacks so does the other, there is no defined holding midfielder who will sit, win the ball and protect the back four.

I like Roy and he has worked wonders since joining us, however my question to him is:

Why fix something that wasn't broke?

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