Courtesy of 'Oh You Beauty'
While this formation may not pack in as many midfielders as a 3-5-2, I feel that using a 4-3-3 for the majority of the upcoming season would be a smart move for two reasons:
Firstly, if you look at the clubs in World Football that use a 4-3-3 effectively, you're bound to discover something they share in common; these clubs all play a brand of football that is both exciting to watch and productive in terms of getting results. A recent example of this is of course Barcelona's exploits last season, following in the footsteps of great teams like the Ajax team of the early 1970s who won 3 European Cups with Johan Cruyff.
Secondly, if we stuck with a 3-5-2, 4-4-2 or a similar system for most of the season, it is most likely that Aquilani, Meleires and so on, are unlikely to get a look in mainly because Henderson, Adam and Lucas will fit in better with those formations. A 4-3-3 gives the creative talents of Aquilani and Meireles a chance to run riot and showcase their creative talents.