Super attacking no 8 who doesn't contribute defensively is a no go, but an advanced 8 who does contribute defensively would be very good. People like Bellingham, Barella, Mac Allister, Kudus, Szoboszlai, Simons, Gravenberch, Le Fée, etc.Lots of guys here pushing for a super attacking number 8, I can't see it happening however.
The reason zinny was so effective last season was xhaka's defensive work covering him, if you sign a Maddison type player then that exposes Gabriel more and our defence is dragged out of position, even against weaker sided.
I guess rice can do that motoring up and down midfield as an 8, a lot of players being named may seem good ideas on paper but unlikely to be so in oractice
You read this come back off a top 10 list too?
With the ball attack in a 3-2-2-3 (WM) which becomes a 3-2-5 in the final third with Zinchenko and Ødegaard making late runs into open space:Top player, but (if we sign Rice) I don’t see where he slots into a Pep/Mikel 433 system.