That would be how I’d do it. Unless someone became miraculous fit.
I do think it would be worth trying to switch Nunez and Gakpo at times. I did note Nunez being further back than Thiago at one point. Though Thiago for me needs to sit in the two his worst position is the attacking one now, the issue is what we do when Keita needs testing. Elliott has been hot and cold in that role but it’s possible. I did suggest Firmino at the start of the season and if he was to become fit with Jota it’s an idea.
Is it too much to see one of them in team training by the end of the week, even VVD?
Potential for Milner in for Trent, but probably won’t happen. Trent had some lovely passes today, but also some weak 1v1’s against Mitoma.
Bajcetic definitely needs to stay in this one. The only one who might come in is Hendo. Could be 2/3 out of; Hendo, Keita and Thiago. Thiago is still pretty good, but I don’t want us to burn him out. Would be horrible to lose him, we have enough problems right now.
Up top, I would abandon this Elliott on the left thing. Gakpo had an improved performance (good first touch, in small spaces, combination play).
Potential for benching Salah (though probably won’t happen), starting Elliott on the right, Gakpo on the left and Nunez up top. If we’re struggling, swap Gakpo and Nunez between left and central. Benching Gakpo a little bit is also still an option for me, doesn’t need to play as much already.
Oh please do stop with this shit. Firstly, I think people have a right to say what they want provided they can back it up and if they do, you can provide your own point of view if you can back it up. Secondly, this isn’t your thread. So put on your big boy panties and suck it up.