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Could Finnan be our left back?


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We've been linked today with a couple of right sided defenders in Kromkamp and Alves (both of whom can also play right midfield) now obviously its not certain if both of these players will be brought in, but if they are they give Rafa plenty of options one of which could be moving Finnan over the left back which is still a bit of a problem position.

 

He has played there plenty of times for Ireland and has shown playing right back that his left foot is pretty good, (he often cuts inside and puts in some decent crosses)

 

Of course it could just be that one of these players signs allowing us to have a better back up for Finnan than Josemi as well as cover for right midfield but it could also allow Finnan to play left back in certain games.

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Still think its a problem position, Warnock for all his effort i dont think is good enough. Yesterdays game was a clear example of this with most of Evertons threat coming down their right, he wasnt closing down quick enough and was out of position a few times, Carra gave him a few b******ings in the game for being out of position.

 

Riise is a player i definately like and think hes an excellent player to have in the squad because of his versatility and his game is suited so well to the Premiership but again defensively i think we need someone a bit more solid for certain games.

 

Of course if Rafa can bring in a left sided defender and keep Finnan at right back where hes been so good than thats the ideal situation, but there dont seem to be many quality left backs available. Evra has been linked but hes still more of an attacking left back than a steady eddy type player, if we can sign 2 right sided players then maybe Finnan could also be considered as backup for left back.

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Riise is our best left back.

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Carra is our best left back. he is also our best centre half.

 

we need a new left back, but i'd rather get a proper left back in, then move the best right back in the league over to left back to accomodate an untried right back.

 

so in a one word answer to the original question

 

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To be fair i did say "in certain games"

 

Finnan has been one of our most consistent performers at right back for the last 2 years and of course if we can sign someone similar at left back then of course thats the preferred solution. BUT at the moment there dont seem to be many quality left backs available but we have been linked with a few right sided defenders.

 

I still think left back is a problem position as was highlighted yesterday so i dont see anything wrong in certain games in playing Finnan at left back if the right player can be brought in to cover him. Hes done it plenty of times for Irleand and at Fulham its all about putting out the best team, Warnock was a liability yesterday.

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The dutch guy is being brought in as cover for Finnan, and maybe the rightmid. If I have learned anything, then it is that Rafa likes options. In all likelihood, Rafa thinks its an upgrade on Josemi, nothing more, nothing less.

 

Rafa won't fix something that ain't broke. Christ, he has probably seen something in the new bloke that none of us have seen !!

 

RiH

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Christ, now the support's gathering momentum

 

Arguably the best RB in the league, and some want to move him to a different position, where we've got Riise and Warnock who can do a decent job.

 

Absurd

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Ok, it's just a theory. Calm yourself. I'm not saying that it's an absolutely brilliant idea and a nailed on certainty, just that it's a feasible/plausible thing to try. I don't know why people are so averse to trying things. It's not irreversible. If it doesn't work, you go back, no big deal. In the summer, I was called all sorts of names when I backed the idea that Gerrard at RM could work and make the team better at least while we didn't have Figo circa 2000 in the squad. Guess what, it did and still does.

 

Moving Finnan to left back might make Finnan less effective, but if the net effect is positive, then it's a good move for the team isn't it? Let's think about what makes Finnan a good fullback. In my opinion it's his decision-making, his positioning, and his timing. Ok, so far none of those are side dependent. So then we must ask, does he have a useable left foot and the answer is yes, he's way above average in terms of two-footedness (that's definitely not a word).

 

So could Finnan be almost as good of a left back as a right back? On paper yes; therefore in my opinion it's worth a try. I say try it in a low profile game or two and see what happens, you never know. And if it doesn't work, guess what? we have 3 other left backs to revert to. It's not a lifetime decision.

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Luckily, Rafa almost certainly won't adopt this daft idea

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Sorry guys your right it was a stupid idea. What was i thinking? Suggesting "in certain games" we could play Finnan at left back (where hes played numerous times at international level) if we struggle to sign a left back.

 

What a left field suggestion that is!

 

I guess we'll contine with Warnock?

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Sorry guys your right it was a stupid idea. What was i thinking? Suggesting "in certain games" we could play Finnan at left back (where hes played numerous times at international level) if we struggle to sign a left back.

 

What a left field suggestion that is!

 

I guess we'll contine with Warnock?

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I think it is a reasonable idea.

 

Although I expect Rafa would have tried it already at some point with Josemi down the right if he fancied the idea.

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Think the Gerrard example is a good one. Im sure there were plenty on here dead against playing him more right side, and while im certain thats not his strongest position playing him there has without doubt given the team better balance and as a result the overall team performance has improved which is surely what we're aiming for.

 

If there are no viable left backs available to sign yet there are 1 or maybe 2 good quality right backs available then whats so absurd about considering Finnan at left back for certain games?

 

As has already been mentioned Carra is by no means left sided yet he did a great job at left back even though that was clearly not his strongest position, Finnan is arguably better suited since hes played there many times at international level and he is more 2 footed than Carra.

 

You may disagree with the suggestion but is it really that far fetched?

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