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Dembele was physically stronger, more reliable on ball protection, maybe a bit more skillful on dribbling than Ndombele.I don't think he has the defensive ability nor the technical ability to dictate pace and tempo. It was difficult enough getting his defensive work rate to where it was suitable for his advanced role, can't imagine what it would do to him if he needs to be even more defensive. I would rather he plays in his current role which suits him fine, than force him into a role that he is less suited for. Instead of playing that deep, it's better to change the formation.
With Wanyama + Dembele, Dembele was the playmaker and would have fit in the role we are currently missing. You might think they are similar, but Ndombele is nothing like that Dembele
Jose news conference (according to SSN.Dembele was physically stronger, more reliable on ball protection, maybe a bit more skillful on dribbling than Ndombele.
I could say their ball holding and dribbling style are quite similar，other than that they are totally different type
You are not doing your credibility any service when you claim Bergwijn is better than Sissoko as a defensive midfielder. That is just nonsense.
Yes, a 4-3-3 solves your Sissoko problem, but creates others e.g. what happens when GLC is unavailable, Reguilon and Son cannot be as offensive as they currently are, Bergwijn has to track back even more, how do you man mark a CAM when needed etc.
All these can be debated but are simply too hypothetical to be worth much value
The question is not how many roles Dembele played but that who was the playmaker, and my assertion is that it was Dembele and not Eriksen.Not finding the deluge of articles you are referring to tbh
Regardless, Dembele was such the complete midfielder i think you could argue he played several different roles at once in that midfield, if you wanted.
Wrt to Ndombele i see no reason why he can't perform the playmaker role you've described in your last post- he ticks off all the qualities required to me, what do you think he lacks or what makes him better suited to a final third position? And why do you think his productivity in the final third is so low?
This is just arrant nonsenseBergwijn would be much better than Sissoko as a defensive midfielder. Both would struggle with the defensive aspects of it but Bergwijn, unlike Sissoko, could help with ball movement and make passes. He wouldn't run away from the ball, hide from teammates looking for an outlet and be able to clear the ball from dangerous areas.
As for your concerns it is easily addressed by one addition of quality MFer.
The question is not how many roles Dembele played but that who was the playmaker, and my assertion is that it was Dembele and not Eriksen.
Ndombele can develop into a playmaker, but he would need to add much more to his game, but even then , he would be a central playmaker not a deep lying playmaker as required in a double pivot i.e he would be more a Xavi than an Alonso. Specifically, the 4-2-3-1 under Mourinho requires a deep lying playmakerand that is not Ndombele. Two key qualities he currently lacks (specific to DLP beyond general playmaking requirements) is the defensive quality and the long range passing.
His is currently low because he is still struggling to adapt to the burden of the defensive duties that Mourinho demands. Once his fitness catches up (playing 90mins regularly) and the defensive role becomes more instinctive, he would have more energy and freedom on the offensive end. Also, once we have a DLP, we will have more consistent and meaningful possession, which should increase offensive production for the entire team (e.g. Kane wont have to keep dropping so deep)
So we need to find a replacement for a player we don't play???!!?