(Original post by Lúcio)
Yeah perhaps Wijnaldum is more attacking, but we already have enough AMs as it is!!
That being said, we call them "holding" roles in our 4-2-3-1, but you often see Can bursting forward and I'm sure we'll see the same from Grujic.
Clyne is as solid as we're ever gonna get and Moreno is useful in certain games.
A decent back up RB and a LB to compete with Moreno would be very useful.
Wijnaldum seems to think his best position is as a number 10 but was happy to play on the flanks for Newcastle.
Asked back in March what Wijnaldum’s best position is, Benitez said: “That is the problem – because he is so good, he can play everywhere and do well.
I can see why we would use him a little deeper than Newcastle - he won't be the deep sitting player in front of the defence but he'll be the pivot which goes forward more often.
"The 25-year-old’s strengths come in his trademark third-man runs, nous when arriving into in the box, and his ability to dribble at pace to turn defence into attack and break through opposing defences.
Crucial within this is his athleticism and deceptive strength on the ball despite his 5’9″ frame, which allows him to manoeuvre and accelerate away from opponents—most notably when cutting inside as he did so often last season when deployed on Newcastle’s left wing."
So I could see him being used in a 3 man midfield or if in a midfield 2, I think he'd only play certain games where we don't need as much discipline from him.
Tbh I'd still be tempted to keep Lucas since I'm not 100% the rest of the youngsters know how to truly sit and be a shield.. perhaps a year of his experience might help them develop better?
Flanagan isn't travelling with the squad to USA so makes me think he'll go on loan. He does need games and he won't get any trying to compete with Clyne.
"The Echo understands that the Reds now insist on a “75 per cent” clause for all of their loaned players, whereby clubs are penalised financially if a player they have loaned does not play in a specified ratio of matches."
Makes so much sense!
Assuming Flanagan goes out on loan, who are our fullback cover options? Just Gomez who is currently injured?