Many have suggested a formation change for us to a 4-3-3 and I don't think it has worked well for us with the winger and aerial threat striker combination recently. So, I think of suggesting something new and what I feel might work for us.
The 4-1-2-1-2. A narrow diamond.
The GK and 4 man defense have been our usual so I'd let that pass undiscussed. Other than that, the positives of playing this formation in my opinions from the pre-season and earlier.
1. Marco Van Ginkel - From the pre-season, we've seen MvG can provide long balls and make inch perfect tackles. So he can be the DM and deep lying play maker. Pretty similar to what İlkay Gündoğan does at BVB. I would have preferred someone with more experience in the likes of Daniele De Rossi for this role as a lone DM might struggle against teams with strong offense but, oh well..
2. Ramires - From last season it is evident that Ramires is not our answer to a proper DM but he can track back when needed. So playing him as one of the deep midfielders can free him to make runs on the wings and also track back to help the deep lying DM.
3. Oscar - He has shown us what he can do if when played in the centre in pre-season and in the performances for Brazil. Though he's far from benching Mata in that position, he can be given a try as a substitute or starter against fairly weaker teams instead of wasting him on the wings.
4. Schürrle - If there's one thing André Schürrle loves, it's cutting in from the left and sending a rocket on to goal. So he will be comfortable doing that as left striker drifting out when needed and cutting in at will.
5. Hazard - Hazard has been talking of wanting to score more and we know of his pace and experience at ST in Lille. So he can be given chances to start upfront. He will be able to beat defenders in a flash to reach long balls and also dribble past when needed. Being the foul magnet, he will also draw more set pieces when put against more defenders.
6. Torres - When played as lone striker, it's quite frustrating when Torres drifts wide to play make more than being a focal point. Also as Mourinho said when put in between 2-3 defenders, we can't expect him to create magic. So another striker would be a menace for opponent defenders to mark, and let the other one burst in when one holds the defenders.
Also given the level of understanding between our midfielders, when played close, can swap places at will and be a nightmare to defenses. It would be good if given a try in Capital one cup games for a start.
So what do you think? Opinions and comments are welcome.