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Paul Hartley Must Find The Right Formation That Will Suit Talented Dundee


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On paper it looked like a bold, brave move by Dundee boss Paul Hartley in playing all four of his strikers against Kilmarnock at the weekend.

But things that look good on paper don’t always work in practice.

And Saturday was definitely one to be placed in that category.

It’s fair to say the manager got it wrong against Gary Locke’s men but let’s not get too critical.

In almost two years at the helm he’s barely put a foot wrong, so everyone is entitled to a mistake or two.

And, in his defence, when I saw the team I was buoyed by his ambition.

The Dark Blues were playing a team who they absolutely dominated on the opening day by playing attacking, expansive football. So why not try and replicate that by taking the attack to them on your own turf?

After a failed experiment, the manager has a decision or two to make when his side travel to Inverness.

Paul has been fluid in his team’s formation since the summer, trying a number of different set-ups.

But what works best with the players he has at his disposal? Here we take a look at the options on the table for Paul and assess which is best suited to getting points in the Highlands.

4-2-3-1: It’s a tried and tested formation for the manager.

It’s the one he secured a Championship trophy with and a formation he deployed for much of last season.

With Rory Loy fit and firing, the Dark Blues have the perfect man to lead the line. They also have Rhys Healey, who proved at the weekend he can put a shift in.

They miss the control and game management of Kevin Thomson in the midfield but the problem is they will miss him no matter what they play.

Likelihood: 7/10

4-4-2: For me, it’s the system I would turn to.

It’s been under-used by the manager in his time and it’s a formation that doesn’t seem to be in vogue.

But every player knows exactly how to play it.

Bring Riccardo Calder in to the wing and return Nicky Low and/or Paul McGowan to the midfield. Simple.

Up top, Loy and Stewart could well be a match made in heaven.

Likelihood: 4/10

4-3-3: Another one the gaffer loves to deploy. The fact he’s got goalscorers in Loy, Kane Hemmings and Stewart makes it an easy pick in the forward areas.

The graft of Nick Ross and Low, who is likely to come back into the starting XI, make it a front-runner for how Dundee will line-up in the Highlands.

Likelihood: 8/10

4-5-1: This was trialled at Celtic and failed miserably at Parkhead as the Dark Blues were hit for six.

It’s impossible to judge the formation on that showing and it could have value away from home on occasions.

Likelihood: 2/10

3-5-2: This was another one of those experiments that didn’t quite get the results for Dundee.

Injury forced the change from the manager and it coincided with a run of poor results, including a League Cup loss to Dunfermline.

Likelihood: 1/10

4-1-2-1-2: Has been used from time to time but this formation is very much reliant on Thomson’s fitness.

Gary Harkins can play the anchor role but given his poor show v Killie his place could well be at risk.

Likelihood: 5/10

4-2-1-3: Judging by the lack of ball Dundee got at the weekend, and the fact Paul changed things at 2-0 on 52 minutes, it’s unlikely we will see this set-up again in a hurry.

Likelihood: 1/10

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