Dunno. Perhaps against teams that defend in numbers he might think it will entice them out and that will create space.
Against teams that don't (like the DABs), after what seems like an eternity of passing the ball from side to side and back and forth, they are back in numbers anyway.
or. Is it that the players in front are too static and/or the midfielders aren't very clever?.
I cannot remember ever being at a game (let alone a derby), where there was nothing to shout about or get off the seat.
This laboured, square, back passing it absolutely killing us and sucking the life out of the fans.