Vital Football

Latest Norwich City News

Who'd have thought our best XI wouldn't include GH

Who'd have thought our best XI wouldn't include GH
After back-to-back victories propelled City into the top half of the early Premier League table, Norfolk`s very own Tinkerman seems to have settled on his best starting eleven - and one man in particular is notable by his absence.

Before the start of the season there were a whole host of articles around what City`s best starting eleven would be, who should be starting up front etc. Almost every single one of them - or every one I read at least - assumed one thing. That Grant Holt would feature heavily. There was no way that our top scorer for each of the last two seasons, our captain, our leader would be out of the picture.

And of course he wasn`t. Or at least he wasn`t initially.

More than a few eyebrows were raised when Holt was left on the bench for the Bolton game but the performance of Morison and the result itself more than justified the decision, and I would imagine made the call to stick with the same eleven against Sunderland fairly straight forward.

Morison again put in a good shift against the Black Cats on Monday night and took his goal very, very well. He worked tirelessly all night in a role that for the most part is going to have your striker running backwards and forwards trying to create space and chasing down long clearances.

Holt replaced him for the last 12 minutes but looked like he was almost trying too hard -throwing himself to the ground, giving away needless free kicks and generally reminding me of Taz (the Looney Tunes character, not the guy from ECW). He looked a little out of it up front on his own but with the game stretched and City down to ten-men that is hardly surprising.

However it does call into question one thing about the diamond formation. As much as we have all hailed the impact Wes Hoolahan has in that position just behind the front two, is it possible we have under-estimated just how much the same formation plays to Holt`s strengths as well?

Lambert has moved away from the diamond for the last couple of games, and while it will more than likely be used again it is becoming increasing clear that the boss has specific personnel in mind for specific formations, and he isn`t afraid of putting anyone`s nose out of joint in applying those systems. And why should he?

Of course for all anyone knows Lambert could revert to the diamond at Old Trafford on Saturday, partner Holt and Jackson and leave us all guessing again. But that`s exactly why you can have nothing but absolute respect for him. Because not only is there a Plan A, there`s always a Plan B, and even a Plan C.

For years you could name City`s best starting eleven without having to even draw breath. Now there are options all over the shop and no untouchables, and that can only be a good thing.

OTBC

We want to know what YOU think. Have your say by leaving a comment below, or click here to discuss this article in the forum.

You can also share your thoughts via Facebook (Facebook.com/VitalNorwich) or Twitter @VitalNorwich.


Join The Vital Debate

Writer:Dill
Date:Wednesday September 28 2011
Time: 4:45PM

Comments

0
I wonder what he is like at chess?
Clwyd
28/09/2011 23:58:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Norwich City Articles

Redmond Set For Saints Medical

Report The Mirror

Robbie Brady's Hero Status

Scenes

Martin Olsson's Euro 2016

Has the City left back had a good championships?

Wes: I Owe Brady A Few Drinks

City baller is grateful to his club and Irish team mate

Archived Vital Norwich Articles

Vital Norwich articles from

Site Journalists

The Tuckster
Editor email
Profile
Savvy_Monkey
no email
Profile
LeeBoz
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Most Important Area City Need To Strengthen?
Suggested By:
Goal Keeper3%
Defence37%
Midfield3%
Attackers57%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Norwich City Results (view all)

Norwich City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.DRAYTON GREEN220
2.FCBEARS163
3.yellow belly144
4.Steve from Oz81
5.suffolkcanary39
6.sminky14
7.northern yellow12
8.Tom McHugh9
9.fanforlife8
10.mooro8