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The Indomitable Lions’ problem is clear for all to see—their creativity is limited.
During the weekend’s clash with Tunisia, the strikers (Samuel Eto’o and Pierre Webo) were supported by four defensive midfielders.
Regardless of what Alex "Picasso" Song thinks of himself, he is not the man to unpick the North Africans’ defence, let alone the sturdy opposition likely to be encountered next summer. His compatriots, Enoh Eyong, Jean Makoun and Joel Matip, offer steel and endeavour, but little offensive guile.
The African giants need to find a way around this issue ahead of the second leg in Yaounde, particularly with more onus on them to attack.
One solution could be the employment of Eto’o in a deeper role. The former Barcelona man operated more creatively at Anzhi, often delivering impressive performances behind a target man such as Lacina Traore.
It may be that at the expense of any better options, Eto’o might be the only man to effectively link the midfield and the attack—after all, Achille Emana isn’t getting any younger.
Finally, an answer could be found on the wings.
Allan Nyom performed manfully as an attacking right-back against Tunisia, his occasional forays forward momentarily perturbing his opposite number. Could a return to the side for Benoit Assou-Ekotto change the complexion of the team?
While his stock may have fallen since Andre Villas-Boas arrived at White Hart Lane, Disco Benny’s talents haven’t deserted him overnight. With the QPR man stretching the pitch down the left-hand side, and Nyom performing similar duties on the right, Cameroon could broaden their playing area and give their limited midfielder players more time to operate offensively.
Although I’m sure Emana would appreciate the call.