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05 Sep 2020 22:02:02
Ed001, are Rice and Ampadu similar type of players? If so, how do they stack up against each other?

{Ed001's Note - not really. Rice likes to get on the ball and drive forward, or make runs around the edge of the box, as well as break up the play. Ampadu looks smoother, more of a playmaker who will spray passes around when I have seen him. He doesn't look as keen to get more involved forward, which is probably down to him having played so much at centre-back. Rice's game is evolving, I am sure Ampadu's will too if played in midfield more regularly. They actually look like they could make a good pairing to be honest.}

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06 Sep 2020 10:24:31
Very good analysis, really spot on.

{Ed001's Note - thank you obs!}

06 Sep 2020 11:28:01
Ed001, from what you have said, Ampadu suits the holding role more while Rice would be a bit more Kante-esque. Right?

{Ed001's Note - a little, yes. Rice can play the holding role, but he would just play it more like the way Liverpool do, where the holding mid has the freedom to get involved in the build up play and break forward when the moment is there. He doesn't just drive forward constantly, he does pick and choose his times. It does restrict him if you do not have someone alongside him who is capable of dropping in to cover. Whereas that would not really be an issue with Ampadu, so yes in that regard he does suit it more. However, if the team is working well together, there should be no problems with Rice playing there.}

06 Sep 2020 14:02:15
Interesting ED001 that is exactly the type of combination that would offer a base for the creative players we have to express themselves and worry less about defensive duties.
It would also mean we would be stronger at set pieces and give the CB and FB a bit of cover from counter attacking teams.

{Ed001's Note - exactly mate, though you are not really short of options in midfield anyway.}

06 Sep 2020 18:36:06
We have too many currently but not the right mix for me unless Ampadu is in the squad and it might be a bit early for him given the lack of game time last season.
I would like to see Kante and a player like Rice or Ampadu.
Realistically it will probably need to wait until next season which is fine as 3rd is the goal this season and reduce the gap to maybe 10/ 15pts to the champions.



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