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Cardiff City: Time To Consider Drastic Tactics !

Cardiff City: Time To Consider Drastic Tactics !

Cardiff City moved swiftly to land former fans favourite Michael Chopra on a 2 month loan deal, paying big money in loan fee and wages for the Sunderland hotshot. However, the injuries to McCormack and Bothroyd are both improving nicely with neither as serious as first feared.

The improvement in striking options will give Dave Jones a welcome problem to ponder as he considers a formation change to accomodate more of his most dangerous players after a frustrating season where we have found it difficult to break opposition sides down.

Here are the most likely options:

1) 4-4-2 DJ does it again!

Jones has stuck to his beloved 4-4-2 since his arrival with only the mercurial Jason Koumas or Aaron Ramsey ever used outside this system. Ross McCormack could do a good job out wide for Cardiff though he may be slightly wasted. Don't forget his impressive goal against Birmingham City from exactly this position while Chopra and Bothroyd would cause problems in a traditional front 2 partnership.

2) 4-3-3 Top heavy Bluebirds.

In this system, Bothroyd would operate as the target man with McCormack on the left and Chopra on the right. The pace and height would work well and the two fastmen could provide width when needed without losing presence in the box. This would necessitate a change in midfield but a trio of Ledley, McPhail and Rae would (I think) be well balanced and effective.

3) 3-4-1-2 Change the back to change the front!

A back three of Johnson, Purse and Gyepes would allow McNaughton to operate as a wing back with Ledley or Kennedy on the other flank. McPhail and Rae could continue in the middle with McCormack offered the freedom to roam behind the front two. He likes to drop deep to receive possession and has a good shot on him.

Of course, DJ may decide to keep one of the three on the bench but the ever-improving Eddie Johnson and Paul Parry in attack also have their merits. I feel we are too rigid in our 4-4-2 and fail to adapt as well as other sides, it would also be good to have our best players playing rather than on the bench. In any of these systems, it seems that Paul Parry or Peter Whittingham is the one to miss out though neither is a natural right winger and both could adapt to fit other roles within any of the proposed formations.

Let us know your thoughts....

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday November 12 2008
Time: 11:00AM


I like the fluid 4-3-3 myself as both McCormack and Chopra are have excellent work-rates and love to track back to retrieve the ball. This would take pressure off the 3 man midfield and provide width.
12/11/2008 11:19:00
With chops and ross tracking back, we'd have no-one getting behind the last man or able to beat their man - thats what Parry provides. Send Johnson back and have these three strikers vying for 2 places!
12/11/2008 11:21:00
is this website reall or what, consider drastic tactics, hello, 442 got us to a fa-cup final, promotion to the championship, and its working magic, and just because we have lost 3 games, 2 of those where to top teams is okay. your all just panicing thinking what to blame
12/11/2008 17:54:00
sorry bluebird04 - you miss the point. We are discussing how to make the most of the players we have. Is it not a waste to have chopra on the bench?
12/11/2008 22:21:00
it doesnt matter who is on the bench, if they keep thier heads down, and work hard for their spot then fair enough. no point playing chopra if he aint peforming in training. if we do use your 4-3-3 then our midfield will have no wingers, we will have to forward wide guys, meaning on the attack we will have 1 guy in the box, the midfield will be tired every game due to them having to over work every game
12/11/2008 22:56:00
i think a differant line up, but we cant go and put ledley in center midfield, we need a forword creative midfielder, and a defensive midfielder
12/11/2008 23:01:00
why change something thats been working.......ok you lost a couple...but only just and to 2 really good dont change what aint really broke.......
13/11/2008 09:08:00
We've been playing poorly, something isnt right with our midfield - we've been lucky to get these wins
13/11/2008 09:20:00
The 4-3-3 could work. McCormack and Chopra on both sides and Jay in the middle. Problem is, Jay seems inconsistent - and if he were having one of his 'off days' it might result in missed goals. But i'm happy to give it a go. somehow i doubt Jones will change his beloved 4-4-2 - and for good reason. it seems to be working
13/11/2008 12:03:00
yes, lets change to 4-3-3 leave our midfield wide open, no, its just i think ledley needs to be dropped, put whitts in his place, give it 1 or 2 more games and you will see a big improvement
13/11/2008 20:21:00
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