Date: 25th July 2019 at 7:27pm
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Written by: Mitchell Bray

Yesterday’s loan signing of centre-back Jake Clarke-Salter from Chelsea appears to complete the new defensive formation that Mr.Ren wants implementing for the new season.

Pep Clotet will have the task of producing ball-playing centre-backs from the players at his disposal. Dean, Roberts, Clarke-Salter, Harding etc must up their skills to make this scheme a success. Hopefully they will and Ren’s bold plan will be hailed a brainwave.

Since Garry Monk’s departure, Ren has strengthened his position at the helm and surprisingly has instructed this total change of defensive play to be carried out by Clotet and his staff.

A sticky wicket for Pep-maybe, but success could make solidify his position. Do we have the players of enough quality to carry out this ambitious plan? Only time will tell. Michael Morrison wasn’t considered in that category. Perhaps the arrival of Clarke-Salter is what Ren was requiring to complete the jigsaw. By any standard, this new strategy is groundbreaking for Blues, particularly in the brutal Championship and hard on the heels of the relatively recent disasters with Zola.

My hope is that after three games, namely Brentford, Portsmouth(cup) and Bristol City, we should be able to assess the merits of the three centre-backs.

In recent weeks I have been critical of this new plan and I must admit, I regret calling it Kamikaze. However, whilst genuinely yearning it to succeed, I simply do not see enough quality in our defensive players. Good, reliable and honest they are, but classy and skilled ball players? They fall short, in my opinion.

Many supporters I have spoken to are also undecided and many are still reeling from the Monk departure, so at the moment, Ren rules big time and Clotet is hoping for a tenure that will only be guaranteed by Ren’s new plan. We hope Ren has a plan B and is prepared to use it as this Championship season is gruelling so immediate signs of ‘oncoming trains’ can be averted fairly quickly.

 
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12 Replies to “Defensive jigsaw complete for Blues new formation – opinion.”

  • Ren is simply trying to fulfill the owners wishes. He isn’t coaching or picking the team but simply overseeing the recruitment that has been identified by Clotet. Of course there is a plan B along with C, D and E.

    It isn’t about playing the same formation and tactics every week, its about having the players who can not only play the way we have become known for, its about having the players who can adapt and change even during a game. I’ll taker money off anyone that we will adopt 442 at some point as in the opinion of Clotet this will be the best set up to get a point, save a point or even gain or protect 3. Have you not noticed that teams change tactics dependent on how a game is going?? In the past we could only play one way, but now we should be able to play may ways.

    • ive never been more pessimestic about our chances going into a new season, even the bookies have made us one of the favourites to go down. weve spent 70000 pounds. where has the 16 million gone?

  • Back to the same old vital doom and gloom.

    Even a positive thing can be made into a negative thing when you put articles out like this.

    Ran doesn’t pick the players he does not pick the transfers he does not have control over the team. He does not choose the tactics.

    Stupid article and a stupid point of view definite waste of time and completely rubbish.

    • Waycool.Under normal circumstances I can accept anything said detrimental about my articles as par for the course.With yourself however it is different. History shows us that your comments have been quite abusive and at times foul mouthed.Often Partisan had to deal with this a few years ago if you remember. My advice is this- try and offer something constructive when disagreeing and readers might just see your point-even myself.

  • There is a question as to whether our back three whoever they are,are skilful enough to play this system. Morrison played the ball out well with one touch and a big boot upfront. It may have given possession back to the opposition but the majority of the time he cleared the danger. Rowett liked his simple style as well as Monk.Those two are not bad judges.

  • Disaster waiting to happen if we try this for 90 mins. Hoping that the focus on a three man back line in the close season is preparation for the occasional switch to 3412 or 3421 (depending whether and how well Jukey and Vassell eventually click). To play 3 at the back requires 3 top class central defenders who possess pace, vision and mobility. Harlee probably the better candidate but Roberts, Wes and Pedersen are not. Mags and Colin would be choice for wing backs in a four man midfield under those circumstances with Wes as back up for Colin in that role on the right. Let’s see how they line up against Brighton as that will be a better test than sticking 6 past Swindon.

  • Wo,wo,wo lets get this clear WayCoolBlue, this site is for comments that we as individuals have on BCC,and at times we will of course agree to disagree whilst putting our own comments forward, fair play thats what it is about. But to have you come on ridiculing Mitch on his article with such “choice words” is not called for and suggest if you cant put your points across without insulting the Guy who spends his time creating the articles(and I doubt any money for his time?) then either YOU put yourself forward to write articles if you able to, or simply keep off!

  • I have to agree with your BenidormGoOnGoOn(what a name!!) the comments made by this “person” is uncalled for. I don’t know this Mitch guy but his blogs are always interesting and generates a lot of feedback from us, which invites our own difference of opinions but to make insults on his page is frankly out of order, and as you say either do the blogs yourself or keep the “nasty pieces” to himself…end of! KRO

  • If 3 at the back works or not I worry about the impact of spending €7 million on one player when still under restrictions by the efl profit and profitability team. It’s fine playing Barcelona type footy but who’s going to get goals we are a 22 goal a season man missing we need at least 1 striker .we may play sides ofc the park but lose 1 -0 because we cant score.

  • WE HAVE LOST THE SPINE OF THE TEAM. THE GAME IS TO HAVE BACK UP PLAYERS IN DEFENCE / MIDFIELD / AND UP FRONT. TO GET OUT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP YOU NEED PHYSICAL PLAYERS AS WELL AS BALL PLAYERS. IT IS A LONG SEASON AND A WAR OF ATTRITION. OR ARE THESE OWNERS JUST ANOTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE USING BLUES AS A FINANCIAL FEED FOR THEIR COMPANIES??

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