While driving to office, I listen to an FPL podcast every day. Every day, I think of starting a podcast episode review column, and right after reaching office, I forget about it and start work.
Today, I am starting for work 30 minutes earlier, and using those 30 mins to write a quick review (or rather appreciate / critique one salient point) of the podcast I just listened to.
Always Cheating – Got introduced to this last week by @nickwright_80 . This is only the second episode I was listening of them – and it was very good indeed. Thankfully, they don’t do ‘entertainment’ – and also, almost anything FPL-based with an American accent sounds the closest I can be to home. As in, there’s no podcast with an Indian accent – and no, don’t give me ideas. Not happening.
This is from Always Cheating Ep 139: Fighting Shadows
The point discussed was in terms of Pedro, his essential-ness, and where he stands in the Sarriball stakes.
From an article at theFalse9 – below are some observations – on which i have transposed names of suitable Chelsea Players
Napoli always start with Sarri’s preferred 4 3 3 formation. The system is so good because its very fluid and it allows Napoli players to interchange freely, especially the front 3. The two defenders are a perfect partnership with Albiol (Luiz/ Christensen) the technically gifted of the two and Koulibaly (Rudiger / Cahill) providing the pace and power although not without ball playing skills of his own. The two full backs are very complete in defence and in attack with Ghoulam (Alonso) always trying to overlap but Hysaj (Azpilicueta) is a bit more stationary. Jorginho (eh, well, Jorginho) is the pivot in midfield, he is the controller who sets the tempo with his passing similar in style to Sergio Busquets. Allan is very good as a box to box midfielder helping out in both defence and attack (Kante, in his current role) with Hamsik an aggressive midfielder playing almost as shadow striker when Napoli have the ball (Kovacic / Barkley) and he often interchanges positions with Mertens when Napoli have the ball. The front 3 contain some dazzling players who rightly get most of the plaudits, Insigne (Hazard ) is a skillful inside forward and play-maker. Mertens has been converted very successfully to a striker offering a different aspect in attack with his fluidity and pass (NOTE: This was initially Milik, and Morata approximates him. Surely Sarri can play with him. And of course Higuain before him fits in seamlessly). While Callejon (Willian/ Pedro – though Willian is a better fit) is an out and out winger who is mostly stationary down the right side
I believe Sarri’s preference is of a Morata kind of a player.
Higuain is similar is general stature and style to Morata – once Higuain left, with the money, Milik was bought – and Milik too is similar to Morata.
It was only after Milik was injured and out for the season that Mertens was converted to the CF extraordinaire.
I think that Morata will be given a fair shot. The crystal ball says that — After 5-6 GWs, when Sarri realises that Morata is gash ( ), he will put Pedro in that slot – and then he will be essential, because Pedro is a) very good and b) very similar to Mertens – a speedy winger with a dead-eye finish. Pedro is a great fit to becoming Mertens vol 2.