Where would you fit in the new arrivals?

by Matthew Harris on September 11, 2012

The starting XI for Sunday’s game at Reading will be the most fascinating yet as AVB looks to accommodate some of the new faces at the club. Moving away from the Hugo Lloris issue, some of the most interesting questions start further up the field.

In the middle of the park, Villas-Boas has Lennon, Livermore, Sandro, Bale, Sigurdsson and now Dempsey and Dembele to consider – not to mention Scott Parker when he returns from injury.

Meanwhile, with reports that Adebayor is nearing full fitness, it seems as if the Togolese will take the lone striker role but who will line up behind him?

Only Bale would seem assured of a slot leaving 4 names to go into four spaces. Dempsey could conceivably play up front but that would seem an unlikely combination for AVB.

Overall, what’s your best midfield line up and can you see the recent arrivals from Fulham starting on the bench at Reading?

 

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Nathan September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Friedel

Walker Dawson/Caulker Vertonghen Ekotto

Sandro Dembele

Dempsey

Lennon Adebayor Bale

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Paul September 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Spot on mate!!!

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Leon aka Karizma September 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Spot on!

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EssexSpur September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I’m hoping against Reading we’ll look like this
Freidel

Walker Caulker Vertonghen BAE

Dembele Sandro Sigurdsson

Dempsey Adebayor Bale

Although may be a bit too attacking for AVB!

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Bcee September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

That’s what I want to see. Dempsey getting on the end of Bale’s 6 yard box crosses, Dembele dominating the centre, and Siggy’s late runs into the box…if it all comes together it would be amazing.

Wing backs allowing Dempsey and Bale to be more central/overlap, with Sandro deep to aid the centre backs. We’ll see though.

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EssexSpur September 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Exactly. Have Parker on the bench (if fit) and if Siggy is having a poor game we can just shift Dempsey there and bring on Lennon.
We’ve got the players now to win games, just need to show a bit more attacking intent.

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Bcee September 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

I love that we have options. Can’t forget about Townsend, Falque, Naughton and Smith, and a few others that could break through.

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Marco September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Freidel
Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, BAE
Lennon, T-Hud, Dembele, Bale
Dempsey
Adebayor

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akshayaalase September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

SELL LENNON BALE DEMPSEY ADEBAYOR BUY VAN DE VAART RONALDO NANI BASSONG

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TommyHarmer September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

get brain, then change record

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timoyido September 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

bassong and vdv?! errr we only just sold them

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john September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Freidel

Walker Caulker Vertonghen Bale

Sandro

Sigurdson Dembele

Lennon Ade Dempsey

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Leon aka Karizma September 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

interesting…

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Richi Rich September 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I like this formation but maybe I’d drop Lennon and move Siggy up onto the 3 and put Huddlestone along side Sandro

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Lukeyboyspurs September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Essexspur – I totally agree with ur team, now we have got a 4.3.3 formation I think this suits us. Lennon and defoe to come on and pace reading out the game! Come on you lillywhites!!!

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akshayaalase September 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

SOME ITK INFO

DEMPSEY IS UNHAPPY WITH NOT STARTING LAST GAME AND WANTS A MOVE TO EVERTON IN JANUARY

I SAY SWAP FOR HOWARD

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EssexSpur September 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Yeah i heard that. Also Jenas is unhappy he didn’t get his dream move to Yeovil and has now set his sights on joing Barca. I’d swap for Messi and £15M!

Grow up.

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Totspurs September 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

————————Freidel———————
——–Dawson——-Caulker—Vertonghen——
Walker—————–Sandro—————-Bale
————Dembele————-Siggurdson——
———————–Dempsey——————-
———————–Adebeyor——————-

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Leon aka Karizma September 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

This formation looks like ‘goals goals goals’ to me with Sig and Dem ‘cutting-in’ to shoot.

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Richi Rich September 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Good team and with the players we have at the Lane right now a 3-5-1-1 formation would really work well. Bale needs more space to run at defenders so use him as a wing back as I miss his touch-line runs

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Bcee September 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Been my FM formation for some time…similar (if not the same) to Bielsa’s Bilbao and Sampaoli’s Universidad de Chile, both teams well thought stylistically and successful. Would optimise Bale as he needs the space to run into really, get up some pace. All depends on the wing backs working ridiculously hard and being able to though…

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akshayaalase September 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Why do my family and friends think im an idiot?

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Keith September 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

clearly they know the truth

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akshayaalase September 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

keith is my father …!!!

SELL LENNON BALE BUY BASSONG AND VAN DE VAART

LISTEN I LOVE THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS

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Edwin September 12, 2012 at 8:18 am

Your head is too small to accommodate your huge brains.you would be better off as an ALIEN than being human.

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Maca33 September 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Friedel
Walker Dawson Vertonghen Bae

Sandro Dembele

Lennon Dempsey Bale

Adebayor

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Ross September 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

No one has picked gallas who is probably our captain this year.

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ColinSC September 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

————————Lloris———————
——–Dawson——-Caulker—Vertonghen——
Walker—– Dembele — –Sandro———-Bale

Dempsey—–Adebeyor———Defoe

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Edwin September 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

Friedel
Walker. Caulker. Vert. Ekotto
Hudd. Remnant
Lennon. Dempsey. Bale
Adebayor

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