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Is Van the man in a 4-5-1 formation?

It’s been a good start to the season. Two games, two wins, two decent performances and one foot in the Champions League group stages.

However, one man has looked a little lost in the 4-5-1 formation we have deployed in our opening two matches. Against both Fulham and Sparta Prague, Robin Van Persie has so far struggled to make the impact most predicted he would this season.

As a lone striker in both matches, Van Persie has looked uncomfortable playing up top on his own; struggling to hold play up, stay onside and link up with his team-mates. Against Fulham, the introduction of giant Dane Nicklas Bendtner gave rockin’ Robin a foil to play off and with a strike-partner, he also found himself with more space to operate in.

Last night, he spent the whole game foraging up front alone and for long periods looked isolated, especially with the midfield seemingly reluctant to join in support. Unfortunately when a striker plays up front alone, he needs to be able to hold play up and introduce other players into the game. I hate to say this but for all his technical deficiencies, the extraordinarily horrible Didier Drogba does this extremely well, but it’s something that Robin doesn’t seem too adept at.

Maybe, when we play 4-5-1, this is a role that should be left for Ade Cool or perhaps even Nicklas Bendtner as they are far more suited for it. While I’d like to think Le Boss will revert to the trusted 4-4-2 when our injured forwards return, I have a sneaking feeling he won’t. But where does this leave Van Persie?

Obviously he fits nicely into a 4-4-2 formation but with Hleb looking good playing behind the main striker in our current 4-5-1 set-up, the only other position for Robin would be left wing. It’s just a thought. He can do it, having started his career at Feyenoord in the position and of course he plays wide as part of a front trio for Holland.

Players are used to rotation these days, so Tomas Rosicky will be expecting the odd rest as much he will hope to play more centrally at times this season.

How do you think Robin Van Persie has played this season? Is he the right man to play as a lone striker? What position do you think is his best? Leave your thoughts below.

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Posted by Marco Bilello on August 16, 2007 in Debate of the Day | Permalink

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I think RVP has to be viewed as the no 1 striker this season, and we should build our attacks around him. Whilst Hleb has had a good start to the season, we shouldnt look to relegate RV to the left wing so Hleb can continue in the centre. RVP is the most exciting talent we've had since thierry came good all those years ago, but I do agree he needs a strike partner. lets see how he gets on with the Croazilian on saturday. lethal i reckon.

Posted by: Aaron | August 17, 2007 10:40 AM

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