EVEN before the injury to Glenn Whelan, Giovanni Trappatoni had been planning on doing something a little different.
His normal four four two formation was out and in its place the Italian manager was planning on putting a four five one formation in place.
For that we should rejoice and for that we should feel a little bit more confident about Ireland's chances of getting a result against the Germans on Friday night.
A two man centre midfield of Whelan and Keith Andrews would likely have been slaughtered by a German midfield containing top quality players like Mesut Ozil, Marko Marin, Marcus Reus, Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Just cast your mind back to the Euros.
Remember how we comforted ourselves with that stat about Ireland's fourteen game unbeaten run when we considered a group containing Spain, Italy and a pretty decent Croatia outfit.
Remember how the Republic were overrun in the middle of the park.
Remember how we were unable to get on the ball and play it and play our way out of trouble.
Remember the relentless pressure that was put on Ireland's defence and goalkeeper.
Remember how both struggled badly under the strain. Something neither had done up until that point in time.
A three man midfield won't make us world beaters, but it will bring us more defensive solidity – something we could have done with in Poland and, indeed, in Kazakhstan.
The back four will be protected, particularly the fullbacks, who were given a torrid time of it in all the games at the Euros.
It will also allow Trapattoni to put a ball player in the centre of the park.
The lackof one was the biggest stick with which his critics – us included – have used to beat him with in recent months. So now that he seems to have come around to the idea that a player of the quality and deftness of Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has to be accomodated in the side we should praise him for doing so.
Maybe it was the injury to Kevin Doyle that persuaded him to go with the four five one. Maybe he'll revert to type despite the soundings and media reports this week to the contrary and play his normal four four two. Hopefully not because it would seem to be the ideal solution for this Irish side.
We can have our workers at midfield, a little bit of class in McCarthy and don't forget we've got some pretty decent wingers in Aiden McGeady and James McClean (that is if Trappatoni can find his way to forgiving his outburst in Astana, unfortunately McClean is injured and we won't know that for another while).
The question then is who do you play up front. Robbie Keane seems certain to start on Friday night. Can he play the role as lone striker effectively? He probably can, but what about Shane Long?
He's got to be accomodated somewhere in the side sooner rather than later. When you saw the quality of the cross he hit for West Brom at the weekend (not to mention his raw pace) might the wing be a place for him?
Or perhaps as somebody operating just off the main striker?
Despite all the doom and gloom about this Ireland set-up over the last few months, the facts are these: we've got the quality to play much better, more effective football than we have been doing. If Trap can grasp the nettle and change – and it seems he might – then the future might be that little brighter than we first thought.