Been putting some thought to our current formation and what changes I would like to see. To summarize, VDV would play an inverted right wing role and we would pick up a reliable right wing back in the summer. To explain, There are four things that bother me as fundamental problems: 1. The usual, we need 1-2 new strikers. I don't care if we have defoe and PC or Eto'o and Drogba, just as long as they are in form. Right now that is not us and it has to change. 2. VDV, despite being our leading scorer is not an out and out striker and we need more goals from up top 3. We are one dimensional in attack, meaning we rely on wing play and crosses, but create little scoring opportunities from other types of build up. We need to diversify. 4. We have no threatening replacements for Bale and Lennon (and VDV is stuck playing up top) - so therefore we have poor rotation on our most threatening players and this increases their risk of fatigue and injury. Ok so this is not too revolutionary, but I would make three changes to how we usually play: 1. VDV (RW), Lennon (RW/LW), and Bale (LW) would rotate in for one another depending on opponent and fitness. All three of these players are 100 percent class and we need to refrain from running them into the ground as we are doing now - having them rotate would help significantly and allow us diverse options against opponents without losing our offensive threat. (as it is now, when Bale/Lennon come off we lose all threat on his side of the pitch) 2. If VDV is playing significant minutes on the right wing (inverted), we need to assume he will be spending a lot of time in the middle of the pitch, as a result (as we saw against arsenal) there is ample opportunity for wide play from an attacking right back. Kaboul is not bad at this but Corluka just doesn't cut it (despite a few successful crosses for goals). So Walker may be ideal for this, but it is tough to know if he is ready and how smart he is. For an attacking back that is given lots of space, the greatest issue is when they choose to make their runs, and when they choose to play it safe. I don't know how Walker would be at this. We need someone who can do this well if VDV is playing right wing. (An example of the ideal way this sort of wing back plays see: Daniel Alves: more than a right-back | Zonal Marking ). 3. VDV on the right wing does a couple of things besides giving us cover on the wing positions. It allows us to match up differently against teams, especially teams with strong midfields, because it puts more men in the center of the pitch. The downside is there is less space. I think that VDV is class enough (especially next to Modric and Hudd) to be fine with less space and having him tucked in will give us a team more likely to create chances on the ground through the middle instead of relying on crossing/wing play as our sole threat. - Not to mention dominate possession! (So in short I would like to see VDV play more on the right as an inverted winger and rotate with lennon and bale as needed based on player fatigue and opposition tactics. I also think we would need a reliable right wing back to fill the wide space VDV leaves open.) So here is what I would like to see us pick up in the offseason: 1. An attacking right back that is good on the ball and crossing. This could mean splashing some cash, or could mean putting Kyle Walker to the test. 2. We need 1-2 new strikers - again we all know this. 3. (unrelated to this post, we need cover for BAE). So there are two formations I would like to see, both could have Sandro subbed in for one (preferably the smaller one) of our strikers to give greater defense and hold leads: Formation 1: 4-4-2 with VDV inverted on the right. This is an attacking formation that also has a lot of people in the middle of the park: -VDV inverted on the wing causing an almost 3 man center midfield -an attacking RB making timed runs with the extra space on the right -Bale providing wide play on the left -two strikers (goals!) -Lennon can be subbed on to either wing, VDV can be easily moved to cover a striker. Attacking RB --- Daws --- Gallas --- BAE -----------VDV -- Modric -- Hudd ----Bale/Lennon ------------Big striker ---- little striker ---- Formation 2: Essentially our current 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 -VDV can sub in for Lennon (who can move in for Bale), or VDV come on (or start) for one of the strikers. - Having an attacking right back is not essential for this formation. -This formation is a straightforward wide 4-4-2, it will lead to a lot of crosses which we may be better off converting with two strikers in instead of VDV (despite his great record with knockdowns). Regardless, if needed we can play this the same as we play in the CL with VDV in the hole. Attacking RB --- Daws --- Gallas --- BAE Lennon ----- Modric ---- Hudd ------ Bale --------Big striker ----- striker/VDV ----- I know some people have wished for our old 4-4-2 back, but we went to VDV because the 4-5-1 allows us to play more dominant teams. If we can diversify our formation to when necessary play a lopsided 4-4-2, or an inverted 4-4-2, we can still play two strikers against dominant teams. Cheers.