Attacking Midfielders/Wingers for next season poll

How do you see our attacking midfield/winger situation for next season?

  • Bale - First Choice

    Votes: 54 100.0%
  • Bale - Squad

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Bale - Sell

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Lennon - First Choice

    Votes: 38 70.4%
  • Lennon - Squad

    Votes: 17 31.5%
  • Lennon - Sell

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sigurdsson - First Choice

    Votes: 14 25.9%
  • Sigurdsson - Squad

    Votes: 43 79.6%
  • Sigurdsson - Sell

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Holtby - First Choice

    Votes: 16 29.6%
  • Holtby - Squad

    Votes: 39 72.2%
  • Holtby - Sell

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dempsey - First Choice

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • Dempsey - Squad

    Votes: 30 55.6%
  • Dempsey - Sell

    Votes: 23 42.6%
  • Falque - First Choice

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Falque - Squad

    Votes: 24 44.4%
  • Falque - Sell

    Votes: 28 51.9%
  • Townsend - First Choice

    Votes: 4 7.4%
  • Townsend - Squad

    Votes: 48 88.9%
  • Townsend - Sell

    Votes: 3 5.6%
  • We need a new first choice player

    Votes: 23 42.6%
  • We need two new first choices players

    Votes: 7 13.0%
  • We need a new squad player

    Votes: 14 25.9%
  • We need two new squad players

    Votes: 2 3.7%

  • Total voters
    54
Right, you know who I mean, don't bust my balls on terminology on this one either please. I'm only including players who have had some decent game time at some point this season, for this reason Bentley (yes still with us) isn't included but he's already said he's out of contract this season so we know what's going to happen there. I'm not including Ryan Mason too even though he's had 2 very short substitute appearances in the Europa League and a run out against Carlisle (which noone saw). Also Ceballos made the bench once so he's not included.

I'm classifying Dempsey as an attacking midfielder and not a striker, I know he's also a second striker but that's close enough, Bale plays more forward than him now anyway! Lewis Holtby is in this list rather than the ball playing/deep-lying midfielder one, some of you may disagree with this also.

If you want anyone loaned out just select squad.

Contract Expiry
Aaron Lennon - 2016
Gareth Bale - 2016
Gylfi Sigurdsson - 2017
Lewis Holtby - 2017
Yago Falque - 2015
Andros Townsend - 2016
Clint Dempsey - 2015 (+1 year option)

Other professionals
David Bentley
Ryan Mason
Cristian Ceballos
John Bostock
Dean Parrett (already released?)
Ryan Fredericks
Alex Pritchard
Jack Munns

Last Year's Voting (number of votes - players in red no longer at club)
[1st Choice]
Bale - 57
Lennon - 47
New Player - 22
Bentley - 1
Pienaar - 1
Townsend - 0
Krancjar - 0

[Squad]
Townsend - 56
New Player - 39
Krancjar - 39
Pienaar - 32
Lennon - 10
Bentley - 6
Bale - 0

[Sell/Release]
Bentley - 50
Pienaar - 24
Kranjcar - 19
Townsend - 1
Bale - 0
Lennon - 0

[Other]
Van der Vaart/Dos Santos - Should be considered for right side of midfield when needed - 22
Modric/Rose - Should be considered for left side of midfield when needed - 15
Bale - Should be considered a left back - 2


The one player we really wanted to sell ended up sticking around for another season on loan at various clubs. We ended up selling Pienaar and Krancjar though and bringing in a number of players in Holtby, Sigurdsson and Dempsey although Van der Vaart and Dos Santos would likely have been in last year's equivalent poll if it was done the same as this year.

Have Pienaar and Krancjar been missed at all? Probably not judging by how many mentions they've had this season.
 
If we are to play a true 4-3-3 we need a new winger.

Dempsey and Siggy and Holtby are not wingers but attacking midfielders.

Bale and Lennon as starters, Townsend and a new squad player (or young player or even Rose) as squad options.
 
I want to see a lot more of Siggy and Holtby next season. And we do need a new centre forward, and probably another wide attacking player. Because I think we will probably persist with the 4-2-3-1.

Something like:

------------------ back 4 --------------------
-------------Sandro - Dembele--------------
Bale - Sigurdsson/Holtby - newwideforward
----------- newcentreforward --------------

That would be our first choice team. But players like Dempsey, Lennon, Townsend and Ade would be impact players or used for the cups.
 
Surely by winger you mean wide forward?

Norse and I had this conversation before, essentially Norse sees 'winger' in the more continental terms where the player plays wide but can cut in and shoot, whereas we regard the term winger as a out-and-out wide man with pace, and use the term 'wide forward' for the player Norse calls a winger.

I hope that made sense.
 
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