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Barnet fan Josh Ilan believes the Bees still require a greater goal threat from midfield this season
11:50am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
We are only six games into the season but the Barnet team is really starting to come together. But there is one position which seems up for discussion: the final centre-midfield berth.
I have mentioned it many times previously, we lack of an attack-minded player in the centre-midfield trio.
While the forward line of Keanu Marsh-Brown, Luke Gambin and Jake Hyde have excelled, we lack an extra attacking player to help give us added potency.
This may help us to kill off opponents - something we have struggled with - alongside smothering the opposition, with it not only increasing the number of chances we create but the amount of goals we score.
There are a few choices as to how we can resolve this troublesome problem.
Summer signing Luisma Villa is probably the most natural option, with him likely to flourish and show his true quality when played through the centre.
He is full of skills and is an incredibly tricky player with his mazy runs causing opposition defences a variety of problems.
Unlike the other choices, he will not need time to adjust to the role - but to the nature of the league as indicated by his performance against Hyde.
The match-winner against Hyde, striker Harry Crawford, has shown his capabilities when played deeper.
Against a depleted Braintree Town he caused many problems, notably winning the penalty that caused Alan Devonshire's side to be reduced to nine men.
As a striker he will certainly add to the goal scoring prowess if played in midfield but it is likely he will need more time than others to adjust to the role.
The other option for this role which was mentioned to me on Twitter, is Keanu Marsh-Brown.
He has been in phenomenal form so far and has been the fulcrum of many of Barnet's chances, plus he has already got on the scoresheet three times.
While he is a wizard on the wing, playing him in an advanced midfield role may make him even more dangerous.
Great with the ball at his feet and taking defenders on, he will make us a more direct side going forward if used in this role.
His switch will also make space for either the rejuvenated Mauro Vilhete or promising prospect Iffy Allen on the right-wing.
It will be interesting to see whether Edgar Davids decides to alter his system to add an attacking midfielder into the starting side.
I feel all the players mentioned deserve a chance to be tried in this position, one which could pay dividends by increasing the clinical nature of our team.
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