4-4-2 reckon we were the most successful club over the transfer window, strengthen the attacking options…..tick (Rodriguez) ….. strengthen midfield … tick (Barry) ….. Left Back …. tick (Gibbs) …. strengthen defence …. tick (Hegazi) …… future proof …. tick (Burke and the Chinese lad) ….. Play scintillating attacking football ….. jury is out on that one! COYB
Pulis has now got a team without any obvious weakness. Let’s hope the obvious weakness doesn’t turn out to be the manager. He surely MUST modify his style. If any of you get the chance, read “Mister”, a study of English avant garde coaches. The section on Vic Buckingham is illuminating. Vic was a devotee of total attacking football – pass and move, chocolate and cream football he called it. No defenders were expected to hoof the ball except in direst emergency and with Ray Barlow and Ronnie Allen Vic’s ;lieutenants on the pitch, Albion were one of the most talked about teams in the country in the 1950’s – and for the right reasons. Since then they have always been associated with playing football as it should be played and Ron Atkinson in particular followed the Buckingham doctrine. No wonder those of us with long histories – and memories – find Tony Pulis so difficult to stomach.