Meet the new Makelele
Deschamps, Keane, Makelele, Hargeaves, now we can add the name of Ben Rix in the long list of great holding midfielders! Helping to bridge the gap from defence to attack, he is the man enlisted with the job of kick starting our attacking moves.
Ben Rix completed the full ninety minutes in the dour encounter against Millwall on Saturday. Whilst Ben collected the ball from the defenders he failed to deliver any match winning passes.
The main question is do we need a player to go and collect the ball from the defenders? In Billy Jones and Danny Woodards we have two full backs that are comfortable on the ball, if they can`t pick the ball up and pass in to the feet of the midfielders then something is clearly wrong.
For me, playing Ben Rix in this role is a waste of a man which could be better used as creative player further up the field. I suppose only time will tell, but I believe it is a pointless exercise.
Technical Director Dario Gradi told the official website 'That is why players' like Ben are vital because they try and get the team to pass the ball a lot more. That is why I would say that he is an important member of the team at the moment.'
The possession we had was again less than the opposition, we had 47% of the play compared with Millwall`s 53%. So with Ben coming deep to collect the ball to start the moves off were we any better off? 1 shot on target seems to tell it`s own tale.
Of course, it is not all Ben`s fault. But I feel that we sat far too deep on Saturday, in a home game it was not necessary to have two central midfielders decamped just in front of the back four.
This is my personal opinion, what do you think? Discuss it on the Crewe Vital forum.