Sam is a Lead Writer here at B/R, specialising in the Premier League, tactical analysis and scouting reports. He lives in England.
His work elsewhere has been featured on Goal.com, the International Business Times and Yahoo! Sports. Sam has appeared on NASN Radio and CNN Worldwide. He currently does a bit for Squawka Sports, Discount Football Kits football blog and votes on the Associated Press global football panel.
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Hey Sam, I know I ask you way to many questions but usually after a world cup, there is a breakout star and a few tactical developments. In 2010 for me it was players like ozil and the 4-2-3-1. After this world cup who do you think could break out (or an already known player who shines and earns big money move) and what tactics and formations will thrive in the seasons to come. Still 4-3-3 or a nice south American 4-2-2-2 maybe?
What up Sam.
Do you think that the 4-2-3-1 is on the decline? As far as I know, most of the major teams don't use it regularly like Bayern, Barca, Real Madrid, Man City, PSG, Juve, Atletico, Arsenal. I think Chelsea's the only one. So will it become unpopular over time and if so, what will the new popular formation be?
Damn, Villa fans are so harsh to the Norwich players/fans. I've never seen this many ironic cheers shah. Lambert will be buzzing.
thanks for the reply Sam. how did you get so smart? :D
I understand the reason for playing Barkley, due to his energy and Physicality. However out of interest, why do you think Carrick should play ahead of Henderson and Wilshere?
Also if the front 3 is going to be Sterling, Rooney and Sturridge. Then assuming Sterling is used on the right for width. Who do you see as more suited to playing on the left, Rooney or Sturridge?
I was wondering just what you thought of the midfields Liverpool and Real Madrid have been utilizing, namely a deep-lying playmaker with two midfielders ahead of him. Of course, Juve are rather famous for this set-up but the accepted wisdom for their success, is that Pirlo is covered for his weaknesses through two quick, powerful center-mids in front of him and 3 CB's behind him.
This isn't the case, with either Liverpool and Real Madrid. Liverpool do use Hendo who we can roughly equate to Juve's Vidal and Marchisio, but what to make of Coutinho, di Maria, and Modric?
I was wondering if there might be some particular way these teams press; or if maybe it had something to do with the style of CB, proactive CBs perhaps compensate for the lesser defensive presence in midfield? Certainly, Coutinho doesn't have the physical attributes as Vidal, but he can approach the game with Vidal's mentality. Could that mentality married with the added technique, make up for what he lacks in power? I was just hoping to get a more nuanced, expert opinion.
I appreciate your time, no hurry necessary. I'm sure that you are a busy man, this time of year.
Sam if England play 4-3-3 at the World cup, then who do you believe the two midfielders to partner Gerrard deep lying role should be and why?
hi Sam. how's life? anyway i have a question for you concerning United. do you think a 4-1-4-1 would work for them? Rooney and Mata seem to want to occupy the same area on the field. would using a 4-1-4-1 give them the room to move in the middle of the field? i feel Moyes isn't utilising the team to it's fullest potential. Having Mata playing as a winger is a waste of his skill set. but how can Moyes fit Mata, Rooney and RVP into the same line up? that's why i ask about 4-1-4-1. doesn't Guardiola use that formation at Bayern?
You should post Ricardo Kishna's league debut goal for Ajax. The new supertalent from Ajax: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5WpTY604O8
Hi Sam can you put light or your thought on the following issue: I think we have to start thinking about phasing out Xavi, I am afraid that would not be easy. We lost Thiago, when I saw him playing for Bayern, I felt sorry for Barca. I do not know if we can replace him with someone this matured. There are potentials out there in Oliver Torres and Barca should spend crazy amount of money if necessary should sell sergio roberto, Alex Song if necessary i order to finance that, any thoughts ??????????
I have another point, crazy it may sound: Messi could replace Xavi in few years. Recently we have seen him in a traditional no 10 position. We have a front man in Neymar. Besides he plays in that position for Argentina. As he ages, burst running or any recurrence of injury could force him to play in a traditional no 10 position. May be a crazy thought...