the main reason jack was ineffectual before his injury is because we had become to play against and most managers knew that if you stop jack then you stop villa and smith needed to box cleaver with him and not keep playing the same system 4-2-3-1 and its no wonder we are over run in the middle and we play a lot of hoofing and long ball
i know its not the done thing anymore but i would like too see a 4-4-2 now and then
I dont think its the system we play that causes us to be over run in the middle, its fundementally because it is the weakest part in our squad in term of personel.
Whichever way we set up we are weak in that area, and its where we desperately need to strenghten in the close season.
Wondered if it was too early because surgery hadn't yet taken place (and it always seems regardless of scans, it's only once opened up people actually know), but also wondered if it was simply our 'communication channels' are now less forthcoming than ever.
A "bog standard" ACL tear, with no other related issues such as cartilage, other ligaments etc is about 9 months + (think Heaton). If there is additional damage then it's minimum 12 months (think Wes).
My ACL was accompanied by minor meniscus damage and patella tendonitis. It was a full 12 months before I was playing "full contact" again....