- Jun 26, 2012
Winks and Ndombele have the skill set to make these passes, the movement ahead of them seems to be the issue. Of course Ndombele is more of a deep lying playmaker than Winks, but in a fluid team such as ours Winks can pass the ball really well and towards the final third too, but there are no runs being made. This can be for a number of reasons, first game of the season, players holding their energy levels for the full 90 minutes, preseason rust etc but the point still stands, against Villa we lacked forward movement off the ball.Because that's his role.
That isn't necessarily the same for Winks.
I know Winks job is to keep the ball moving and to help us transition between defense and attack, and not necessarily make incisive passes forward but I think he could manage it if the players ahead of him were making intelligent runs.
It can be frustrating when we transition from defense to midfield fairly quickly then we labor to get the ball into the final third, giving teams a chance to regroup and defend in numbers.
If we do indeed end up losing Eriksen, the bulk of our creativity as a team will come from the middle of the park. So Winks, Lo Celso and Ndombele will have to make up for his passing and vision collectively. This will be impossible if the players ahead of them don't make the runs and movement needed to unsettle and disband a stubborn defense. We will once again revert to crossing the ball into the box, and that's not how we are going to win any titles.
This has happened on a few occasions (mostly beginning of the season I'll admit) and I really think it's something we can work on and improve. Which is incredible, because we are playing at such a high level that we have to find small issues to improve upon because we play so well as it is.