Football FanCast guest columnist Dan Simpson wished that Harry Redknapp would stop experimenting with 4-3-3, especially when it only seems to be used to accommodate Robbie Keane.
Harry Redknapp claimed in his post match conference that he didn’t know why we played so poorly yesterday. I have to admit my managerial experience only stems to Football Manager, but I will take a stab in the dark that it was perhaps the ludicrous decision to attempt to play a 4-3-3 system, with players who clearly aren’t suited to playing in such of style. While a part of me believes that Harry chose to adopt such a system, because he feels we can replicate what the likes of the scum are producing with a similar line-up, the larger part of me suggests that he is attempting to find a way to accommodate Robbie Keane.
I don’t know what the problem is with Harry and Keane. Whether captaincy dictates selection I don’t know, but if Redknapp fancies playing Crouch then he has to have the bottle to drop Keane, as the three have proven that they cannot play together. I know Keane was disappointed in getting substituted, but was it just coincidence that the team suddenly look better reverting a 4-4-2? I was amazed that it took Redknapp so long to wake up and realise he needed to make a change, but substitutions has never really been his forte.
I don’t want people to read this and feel I’m pinpointing Robbie Keane as the problem here, because I am not, but more that the team cannot and mustn’t be dictated to by his selection. I have no problem with Keane alongside Defoe, as they have proven they can link up, but if Harry wants to play Crouch then Harry has to be bold enough to drop Keane to the bench, not look to incorporate the three. It isn’t the first time it has happened and watching yesterday reminded me of the disjointed performance that we witnessed against United, earlier in the season.
Hopefully the differing (if only slight) in performance in the last 30mins yesterday will tell Harry that his current personnel is best suited to a 4-4-2 and that it is time to stop experimenting with formations, regardless of who needs to be left out to accommodate.