Coping without Kyogo – a short term change of formation could be the answer

Could a Change of Formation Be Ahead?…

Jota can play through the middle. Jeff Holmes

Following on from my last article regarding Albian Ajeti, I’ve pondered the possibility of Ange changing formation in the next month or so while Kyogo is on the sidelines. What is abundantly clear from some of the reaction to Saturday’s game, is that Ajeti’s two goals were not enough. And so to those contrarians amongst the support I have a suggestion which might abate the scepticism of Mr Ajeti.

Not exactly groundbreaking stuff, but could Ange be tempted to play two strikers together? At this juncture, it would be wise to tweak whilst Kyogo is not in the side. After all, there is more than one way to skin a cat as they say. Why not put this theory into action?

Giakoumakis is short on match fitness at the moment, which is unfortunate, as this might have been a fruitful enterprise. However, there are still options available to Ange in the meantime.

Celtic v AZ Alkmaar – James Forrest celebrates scoring. Photo Andrew Milligan

James Forrest is close to returning to the first team after a knock, and has played this position before; his movement could be an interesting fulcrum for Albian if executed correctly. Then of course, we have the multi-talented Liel Abada who, at 19, is showing a frightening amount of potential for the years ahead. Already a regular contributor to the Goalscorers Club, I’m sure he would have no problem playing a more central role to aid Ajeti.

And last, but not least, one of our newest recruits, Jota. Although it would not appear an obvious choice to play up top in a partnership, he showed at the weekend he can mix it with physical defenders, while also being spatially aware. Added to this, he has an athletiscm that belies his stature, meaning he could provide a short-term fix in a new look formation.

 Liel Abada attempts a shot on goal. Photo Jeff Holmes

In my humble opinion, all three of these players could enable a change of formation that could eek the best out of the divisive Ajeti. In fact, this change might very well allow our wingers to flourish in an old-school 4-4-2. The only drawback would be having to drop either Turnbull or Rogic in a possible formation change. Having said that, both players are not renowned for their endless energy and stamina, having a tendency to trickle off in games. This formation could allow the interchanging of both players, ensuring they remain fresh and revitalised.

Food for thought…

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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  1. Definitely a possibility but personally I’ve never been a fan of shoehorning midfielders/wingers into the striker role. Has the feel of a Lennon patch up job to it. Square pegs in round holes that used to drive me mad