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View Hutchyeagle's Profile Hutchyeagle Flag Hove 23 Feb 20 9.52am Send a Private Message to Hutchyeagle Add Hutchyeagle as a friend

Having watched all our forwards play over the last few months , i believe our best forward line is

Wilf Zaha. Jordan Ayew. Andros Townsend

Pace, skill, energy, high press ....and remember when Ayew plays down the middle he wins more than his fair share of headers

Benteke and even Tosun (who is more mobile than Benteke) Just canít press well enough ...

Ayew was great business....who would have thought he would become our best striker !

 

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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Sutton Coldfield 23 Feb 20 10.03am Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

I would want to see more of Tosun before passing judgment. I agree that Ayew has been great for us (still our top scorer despite his glaring misses yesterday).
However, yesterday was his best game in the wider position, possibly because Newcastle's midfield was virtually non-existent.
If we are going for a front 3 (as opposed to 442) then my wish is to see how Zaha, Tosun Ayew works with Townsend coming on as a sub for either Tosun or Ayew after say 65-70 mins.

 

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View PatrickA's Profile PatrickA Flag London 23 Feb 20 10.31am Send a Private Message to PatrickA Add PatrickA as a friend

A front three of Zaha,Townsend and Ayew are unlikely to score enough goals over the course of a season.
If we stay with a front three we really need a reliable goalscorer to play alongside Zaha and either Townsend or Ayew.
Too early to say whether Tosun is the answer.
Ayew appears undroppable at the moment , but if Zaha and Townsend rediscovered their best form a decision would have to be made if we found a goal scoring striker and persisted with a 3 man front line.

 

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View Bangell's Profile Bangell Flag Oxford 23 Feb 20 10.32am Send a Private Message to Bangell Add Bangell as a friend

Have completely agreed with this all season. We played some nice football when we had Zaha - Batshuayi - Townsend; Ayew is also a forward who likes the ball at his feet, and offers even more in terms of pressing and effort (though less in finishing).

Benteke infuriates me not only because he's crap when he's in the team, but because he's taking the place of someone who could do better. Benteke is holding us back.

 

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View EaglesEaglesEagles's Profile EaglesEaglesEagles Flag 23 Feb 20 2.02pm Send a Private Message to EaglesEaglesEagles Add EaglesEaglesEagles as a friend

Benteke played well yesterday. Won plenty of headers and looked decent with the ball at his feet. Obviously his finishing is depressingly bad and Newcastle were poor, but it was a good performance.

I'm not a coach, so it's hard to judge how the front three should look against Brighton. Based on the way Brighton play, I would start with Tosun. The change is justified based on Benteke's miss yesterday and the way Tosun has pressed in the games he's played. Brighton's defenders are also more likely to dominate the aerial ball. Obviously Jordan and Wilf on the wings, especially given the latter's goal record against them.

 


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