As José Riga pulls two names out of his hat tonight to decide which forward-combo he’ll try next I wonder if the CogniTraining connoisseur has considered a formation with no strikers whatsoever?
Dave will be shuddering at the thought but Craig Levein went with this line-up in a Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic. Hmm, that didn’t end well. Then there was Sam Allardyce, who once pointed out that he should be managing Real Madrid.
Big Sam set up his West Ham team earlier this season in a 4-6-0 formation much to those that follow the once World Cup winners angst. Not sure Big Sam and West Ham will end well either.
It was famed Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira who first called the 4-6-0 formation. Anghel Iordanescu’s Romania first ultilised it during the 1994 World Cup when they beat Argentina 3-2. Vicente del Bosque had a crack at it too, to much better acclaim that Craig Levein.
Whilst the Scottish performance was written off as white-flag waving feat of cowardice the Spanish during the Euro 2012 Finals were hailed as technical masters of maximising space and possession.
So, with our strikers being so rubbish, it has to be worth a go doesn’t it José? Put those forward’s names back in the hat and go with something like this instead:
Solly Morrison Dervite Fox
Wilson Cousins Poyet Ajdarević Jackson (c) Harriott
Poyet could player deeper and Ajdarević further forward with Wilson and Harriott providing the pace. Jackson will get forward with those late runs as much as possible.
I am of course not being particularly serious but whatever Riga does in preparation, I sincerely hope we go to Hillsborough tomorrow and be brave and opportunist, just like last time.