Timmy has written an interesting analysis of the tactical conundrum that Mark Hughes faces ahead of his first Premier League game in charge at Fulham and wonders who will partner Bobby Zamora should Hughes stick with the 4-4-2 formation that he used so regularly at Blackburn Rovers.
It’s a question we’ve discussed already here, but there is a simple answer. Zoltan Gera played a blinder behind Bobby Zamora for the half an hour he was on the pitch during the sole pre-season friendly that Hughes has taken charge of in his short time at the Cottage. Gera behind Zamora was an something of a fall-back formation that Roy Hodgson used because of a lack of direct partners for Zamora in the New Yeatr and it worked so effectively that he stuck with it.
As much as I’m admirer of Clint Dempsey, he does his best work when he’s able to run at defenders, worry and commit them. When he plays up front, he spends most of his time with his back to goal and can become quite peripheral. It was also noticeable just how much more dangerous Fulham looked against Werder Bremn at the weekend when Damien Duff switched to the right in the second half. It’ll be interesting to see how Hughes decides to set his team up at Bolton,but barring injury, I’d expect Gera to feature.