The CDM Debate
Since the crushing blow of George Thorne’s injury, there’s been lots of debate about who should take his place in the crucial defensive midfield pivot role, or CDM as it’s referred to on FIFA and Football Manager.
Earlier today I put a tweet out with my view that sparked a, relative, flurry of responses and retweets to the extent I thought it was worth expanding my point a little on Ramspace.
The DET today ran an article based around the ‘battle’ for the CDM role between Hughes and Eustace. This seems largely based on the fact they played half and half at Burton on Tuesday.
Although I went to the game, I didn’t need what I saw to form my opinion on said ‘battle’. In my view, neither player is appropriate to regularly play this role.
In the Eust, you have a class one destroyer who could certainly do a job away from home or in a situation when some game management is required. However when we need to get on the front foot, he doesn’t have the technical speed or quality of passing required. In addition he isn’t going to play 46 games.
Hughes is almost the polar opposite. Whilst not anywhere near as much a soft touch as his lightweight reputation would suggest, physical battles are clearly not his game. His creativity however IS very much part of his game and this level of talent is simply wasted playing 5 yard passes with Keogh and Bucko around the edge of our own box.
A curveball is Jamie Hanson and I would love to see his dead ball ability in our first team. However I think it’s maybe a bit soon for him and let’s not forget, he’s actually a centre half by trade.
So in summary, there is no debate to be had around the CDM role. We need a new one from outside the club to cover for George’s injury.