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Was thinking some kind of 3-4-1-2.

Obviously 3 can become a 5 reasonably easily. 5-2-1-2- Weimann the '1'?

In theory this could also help us avoid being overwhelmed in certain areas of the pitch...I'm not saying it'd be flowing football necessarily.

            Bentley

      Vyner Kalas Atkinson

Tanner Bakinson James DaSilva

             Weimann

         Wells Martin

In some phases, given he has played there before, Vyner can step into CM to create a loose 4-3-3/4-3-1-2...

...In some phases, Vyner and Tanner- or even at times, Weimann and Tanner- can double up on the right to block off or mitigate the 2 vs 1. Wells I don't really think will do likewise on the left though, so this could be an issue.

Out of possession it might look like this...

              Bentley

Tanner Kalas Atkinson DaSilva

  Vyner Bakinson James Wells

              Weimann

                Martin

Or this...

                Bentley

      Vyner Kalas Atknson

Tanner Bakinson James DaSilva

      Weimann Martin Wells

Weimann can help out in phases- Wells pulling left, I have little faith in either offensively or defensively.

Pring was fit enough to make the bench then. If Baker was playing the risk of being 2 v 1 on the left could be mitigated ie Baker behind DaSilva but that seems an issue to me...potentially.

Birmingham have some useful individuals in there- Sunjic is not bad technically, is Gardner solid/experienced? Hogan I like technically speaking and Sanderson not an outlet? Bela too of course- talking technically. Jutkiewicz is of course a big threat at times but technically? Not so much.

Would not mind though Massengo starting, Scott too. Understand why you might be cautious over Pring given Saturday.

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1 hour ago, MarcusX said:

That bench is why we are where we are and have to just bare with it this season

notjonh against the lads but there’s very little experience or quality there 

Baker, Williams, King, Semenyo all out injured are they not? They certainly would add to a mix of 1st XI and depth.

Cundy and Conway also out but they're young and fringe players anyway.

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8 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

Out of interest, why? Is that a reflection of the personnel themselves or that’s it’s just two?

With Brum playing a 5212, it could be a direct match up.  How do you rate James, Bakinson, Weimann versus Gardner, Sunjic and McGree?

If you are going to play a midfield two, they both need to be athletic capable of getting up and down the pitch, just like Massengo (who I presume must not be 100% fit). Bakinson can be good on the ball, but off the ball he saunters around, James has not got the pace to get up and down and is much more suited to being in a 3.

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6 minutes ago, billywedlock said:

Not sure why everyone seems so negative , the game has not started yet. 

 

Because we've looked pretty terrible for weeks now. 

However, benefit of the doubt, maybe the uninspiring looking set-up will turn out to be a masterstroke.

Brum aren't all that, and if we get a hold on the game early on, who knows....

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Just now, old_eastender said:

If you are going to play a midfield two, they both need to be athletic capable of getting up and down the pitch, just like Massengo (who I presume must not be 100% fit). Bakinson can be good on the ball, but off the ball he saunters around, James has not got the pace to get up and down and is much more suited to being in a 3.

Will be interesting to see how much Sunjic and Gardner get up and down.  Neither are particularly expansive….normally….famous last words! 🤣

Yes, Massengo they are being careful with 3 games in a week.

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