Thursday 8 December 2016

John Giles slates James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan and puts forward intriguing Irish midfield

Published 31/03/2016 | 20:50

John Giles doesn't want to see James mcCarthy and Glenn Whelan partnered in midfield
John Giles doesn't want to see James mcCarthy and Glenn Whelan partnered in midfield

Republic of Ireland legend John Giles has picked the best Irish midfield at Martin O'Neill's disposal in his opinion and has explained his reasoning and it is pretty interesting.

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Speaking on Off The Ball on Newstalk, Giles was highly critical of the holding midfield duo of Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy.

"My fear is that when McCarthy and Whelan are on the pitch is that we are not creative and we're not going to be creative at any time because they are not capable of doing it and there is no will to do it. That's my opinion," he said.

"Hoolahan and Brady are on the pitch and you can see them relating... that's what good players do.

You're only as good as the players you play with. If you put Messi on the pitch with 10 dodos, he wouldn't be Messi.

"This is why he frustrates me McCarthy, he's capable of capable of hitting really good passes. You see the full-back on the ball and he's in an ideal position to take it and turn and if you look at McCarthy, he's pointing at Coleman to knock it to the left-back. Get it yourself.

"Without midfield players getting on the ball, you don't create anything.

"Full-backs can't create anything, centre-halves can't create anything. Full-backs and centre forwards and wingers are all staying in their positions. Midfield players are the only players who have licence to move around the pitch and link everything up.

"If those players are not doing that, which McCarthy doesn't do and Whelan doesn't do it.. you're not going to really play well."

Giles selected the midfield line-up he would most like to see O'Neill deploying and it is very different to anything the current boss has considered in his tenure.

"I'd have a place for one of them (Whelan or McCarthy). My midfield would be Hoolahan, only starting on the right, McCarthy, Brady and McClean. That's who I would have in midfield," he added.

"Hoolahan on the right with a roving role.

"You won't get outnumbered. if you are playing four in the middle of the pitch, why would you want more? If it's on the lefthand side you can push over one.

"They're not going to outnumber you there on that particular side of the pitch. You will if a player is taking up a bad position. You can't be outnumbered.

"If you keep giving the ball away, no matter what formation you play you are going to be outnumbered."

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