1) How to start Leon Bailey in the starting lineup for Aston Villa?
Running a 4-3-3 with wingers or using him as a second striker in a 4-1-2-1-2 or 4-4-2 diamond seem to be the main options. Bailey must be on the field even whether his preseason form carries over into the regular season.
2) Philippe Coutinho or Emi Buendia?
When on the field, Buendia has been more effective than Coutinho. But when he plays for Man City, Coutinho is among the top players in the world. Coutinho lacks the same rabid hound mentality that Buendia has when tracking back when we are pressuring our backs well up the field. Buendia though, needs to stop complaining about the calls he doesn’t get and get back in the game.
3) Modify how predictable our assault is?
We will almost certainly attempt to move the ball out to the wings, out wide, and into the box when we attack, let’s face it. The most dynamic teams will work the ball out wide as well as down the midfield, as can be seen while watching them. How often has it seemed like we were up against a team with just 13 guys on the field? They are waiting for us everywhere because they know what we’re about to do.
4) Cameron Archer, Ollie Watkins, or Danny Ings?
I realise I’m in the minority here, but I oppose adding another striker to the team. In any case, that’s the calibre of striker we would sign.
If Archer continues to impress, he will replace Watkins or Ings after we keep him for the first few games of the season as an impact sub. When we only have one striker in the front, Watkins must start. But if he wants to stay, he must work on his finishing.
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Although Ings and Watkins’ relationship did not succeed, I am curious to see how Ings and Archer do together. I’d want to see Ings score more goals, but he’s proved he can set up others with a great ball. Unfortunately, I believe Archer would be more successful at seizing those opportunities than Watkins.
5) Which CD go best together?
Tyrone Mings is someone I adore, although he occasionally makes strange mistakes of logic. Mings (and Lucas Digne) were sleeping when a simple pass over the top beat them both, which led to Matty Cash’s own goal.
Diego Carlos looks well on both sides, but I get the impression that he is better on the left, thus I believe he deserves to be the LCD. Because of the attacking danger that Calum Chambers presents with his passing and scoring, I believe that we should start him on the RCD. Ezri Konsa has recovered from his injury pretty well thus far, and with a little more time, I might see him playing.
6) Who do we keep and who to loan?
Keep Tim Iroegbunam, Kaine Kesler-Hayden, and Archer for the initial part of the season. For Archer, I believe he remains the entire year and may very well find himself in the top 11 by the year’s conclusion.
Cash’s backup is Kessler-Hayden, and if it proves to be too much for him, Ashley Young or Chambers can step in to cover for us. We send Kessler-Hayden out during the January window.
The same is valid for Iroegbunam. Even though I like Marvelous Nakamba, I’ve always thought the Premier League is a little too advanced for him. We provide Iroegbunam with the opportunity to support Boubacar Kamara. If he can handle it then we send out Nakamba in January, if we can’t, then we send Tim out on loan in January.
7) Goodbye, little one
It’s time to bid farewell to Anwar El Gazi, Fred Guilbert, Kortney Hause, and perhaps Keinan Davis and Bertrand Traore as well. Hause travels in January because of his injury. The justification for keeping Davis is weak. I’m aware that he provides something unique, but no one can claim that he is the solution to all of our striker-related problems.
I’m hoping for the best for him and will always want to see him flourish. Guilbert and El Ghazi need to realise what is written on the wall. I might hang onto Traore to see if he can contribute as a sub. His tracking back throughout the preseason games amazed me; in the past, he had terrible tracking back.