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Formations for next season

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I think it''s fairly obvious that the diamond will be the default formation for us next season, it''s worked well for the last two so I can''t see us abandoning it unless things go terribly wrong. But We are going to have to be a lot more reactive in how we play, and therefore I expect us to see a few different formations used.

For me in the diamond our team might be exactly the same, barring any future comings/goings with players changing in and out depending on form and injuries.

I reckon we probably need some form of 4-2-3-1/4-3-2-1 for when we need a bit more width, and probably some form of 442 for when we are up against it and need 2 banks of 4 and need to rely on the counter attack. We might see Lambert trying 5 at the back again, it didn''t work last time but with our fullbacks being so good going forward it might well be worth considering again.

To cover all those possibilities I think we need a really good, quick left winger and a properly defensive, defensive midfielder. Apart from that I''d be pretty happy to start the season with what we''ve got.

What formations do you expect to see, and who do we need to bring in to make the most of them?

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4-5-1 away from home perhaps but I doubt it with 4 keen ready to prove themselves strikers champing at the bit. 4-4-2 or maybe a 4-1-3-1-1 to be more precise

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(although we should probably wait until the 7 signings) what lambert is doing is getting players that can fit into different styles of play which I believe is key to staying up in the PL.

Blackpool couldn''t do this and by January they got found out causing them relegation.

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During the Championship play off final when Lambert was on the panel for Sky, I believe he said that he has preference for the diamond formation but recognises that we would need to mix up formations against certain teams. I believe that we will see the diamond formation quite often next season but also a more straight forward 4-4-2, I can''t see Lambert playing a lone striker too often but I expect the formations will change a number of times throughout a match.

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As well as usin the diamon, I think the formations of 4-4-2 and 4-3-2-1 will also be used

----------------------ruddy-----------------------

martin---barnett-------whitbread---tierney

bennet-----crofts-------fox-------surman

-------------holt----------jackson

----------------------ruddy---------------------

martin---barnett--------whitbread--tierney

crofts---------------fox-------surman/bennet

---------vaughan-------------hoolahan-------

-----------------------holt------------------------

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I believe that for the first game of the season, at least, Norwich will line up in their usual 4-1-2-1-2 formation. Many do not give the credit I believe this neat little formation deserves. Norwich''s regular diamond is incredibly flexible, players move into positions many teams are not able to read and the current players (excluding new signings) are most comfortable in thisformation. The oft mentioned 4-2-3-1 is, in theory, a good call but Norwich only have one real quality player with the pace to play the wide role (Bennet). Norwich could, of course, play three playmakers behind the lone frontman (Bennet-Hoolahan-Surman) but the lack of width would be painfully obvious although are full backs might swing the balance in that formation with their attacking tendencies.I don''t think (or is it wish?) that Norwich will go straight 4-4-2 that formation, in my opinion, has had it''s day. Box to box midfielders (at least in a central midfield role) are a dying breed and when Lampard and Gerrard finally retire we can put the box to box player to rest. Midfielders are becoming more specialised as either playmakers or spoilers which is why the diamond is still effective as it contains those specialised roles. If Norwich do go 4-4-2 they will probably struggle. Most sides using 4-4-2 are big, physical direct teams and box to box midfielders won''t be able to stand up to them as they will get suckered into purely defensive roles leaving little support for the frontmen. Other sides usually play with three man central midfields in which case Norwich can''t grab possesion and will be overun in the midfield.The fact that people are still discussing 4-4-2  as a top formation is a damning indictement on English football and the tactical conservatisim of this country is one of the many things that is slowly destroying the international team. 

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[quote user="ms miggins"]As well as usin the diamon, I think the formations of 4-4-2 and 4-3-2-1 will also be used

----------------------ruddy-----------------------

martin---barnett-------whitbread---tierney

bennet-----crofts-------fox-------surman

-------------holt----------jackson

----------------------ruddy---------------------

martin---barnett--------whitbread--tierney

crofts---------------fox-------surman/bennet

---------vaughan-------------hoolahan-------

-----------------------holt------------------------[/quote]Why is Vaughan an attacking midfielder in the second formation? As far as I know he has never played that role

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