eric olthwaite wrote:Oheddieeddie wrote:This is absolute insanity (moving White when Cooper is out) in my view. I’ve never questioned Bielsa, so I hope there’s something slightly tweaked from our normal formation but why on earth wouldn’t you leave white in at centre back to retain some semblance of stability with your captain out?
I think he’s thinking where the key impact is and which bit of the field you’d control first. Is it worse to have a better back line getting battered because you’re not controlling MF?
I could have accepted that argument if the defence was otherwise unchanged, but as we are without Cooper, we are relying on 2 full backs to organise/play the centre back area. We can’t know but You’d expect that this would make us immeasurably weaker
The issue is that we do not honestly know how good White will be in defensive midfield, might be good, might not, but what we do know is that he’s the best centre back in the league. Why not leave him there. From centre back he can also see the game ahead and help whoever took over KPs spot. It just feels unnecessary.