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    5 and 6 are not midfielders' numbers and certainly not wide midfielders.

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      I was watching Burnley v Manchester United the other night, and got to wondering, how would clubs cope if FIFA decided that next week, every team had to start their 1- 11.

      Now assuming everyone was fit and available, Burnley should be fine, they nearly started with the first 11 anyway. Manchester United would have four centre backs ( one of whom is Phil Jones) with Pogba and Mata as a nostalgic two man midfield, and four attackers.

      I doubt if Arsenal would be able to field a full team.

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        Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
        I was watching Burnley v Manchester United the other night, and got to wondering, how would clubs cope if FIFA decided that next week, every team had to start their 1- 11.

        Now assuming everyone was fit and available, Burnley should be fine, they nearly started with the first 11 anyway. Manchester United would have four centre backs ( one of whom is Phil Jones) with Pogba and Mata as a nostalgic two man midfield, and four attackers.

        I doubt if Arsenal would be able to field a full team.
        Bit awkward for West Ham, who have retired the number 6, and even more so for the Milan clubs who have retired two defensive shirts each, with Inter retiring 3 & 4 and Milan retiring 3 & 6.

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          Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
          I was watching Burnley v Manchester United the other night, and got to wondering, how would clubs cope if FIFA decided that next week, every team had to start their 1- 11.

          Now assuming everyone was fit and available, Burnley should be fine, they nearly started with the first 11 anyway
          I think if we started our preferred first team, it would be 1-3,5-11, 18. The interloper would be Ashley Westwood, who I wouldn't swap for #4 Jack Cork.

          There is clearly no particular preciousness from the players about numbers, as several of them made their Clarets debuts under different numbers.

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            Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
            Bleeargh, that's almost 'Lee Sharpe wearing 5' levels of wrong.
            But not quite 'Billy Sharp wearing 5' levels wrong

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              Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
              I doubt if Arsenal would be able to field a full team.
              Nope - Saliba (4) and Torreira (11) out on loan, not to mention the situations surrounding Sokratis (5) and Ozil (10).

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                Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
                I was watching Burnley v Manchester United the other night, and got to wondering, how would clubs cope if FIFA decided that next week, every team had to start their 1- 11.
                Up until this morning (when we sold out number 8) we'd have been fine; in the opening games of the season we were twice within one player of fielding 1-11.

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                  Premier League clubs that could feasibly field a 1-11:

                  Aston Villa
                  Burnley
                  Crystal Palace
                  Leicester City
                  Manchester United
                  Newcastle
                  Sheffield United
                  Southampton (who by the way must be applauded for their tidying up at the start of this season)
                  Tottenham Hotspur

                  That's actually slightly more than I would have guessed - I'd have had it at about six or seven.

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                    If introduced in baseball the New York Yankees would be inna very difficult position - they've retired all numbers from 1 to 10. They do have a pitcher who wears 0.

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                      Even Scunthorpe can't field a full team - number 7 is vacant after Ryan Colclough's sacking for his Taco Bell bust up with the coppers.

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                        Number 5 in midfield has a history of sorts, Ray Kennedy and Ronnie Whelan at Liverpool, Clodoaldo and Cerezo for Brazil. For me,Clint Dempsey wearing 2 and Asamoah Gyan wearing 3 was all wrong.
                        Last edited by elguapo4; 15-01-2021, 14:02. Reason: Couldn't remember Gyans name

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                          I noticed that Derby didn't bother with giving their under-23s squad numbers in their FA Cup tie with Chorley. They were wearing 1-11 without names on the back. Meanwhile the sixth-tier side fielded a 12, 13 and 27.

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                            Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
                            Number 5 in midfield has a history of sorts, Ray Kennedy and Ronnie Whelan at Liverpool, Clodoaldo and Cerezo for Brazil. For me,Clint Dempsey wearing 2 and Asamoah Gyan wearing 3 was all wrong.
                            I was going to go on and reference those and a few other 5 or 6 shirts on forwards when Billy Sharp was mentioned but felt sure they've been covered before in the eleven years of the thread and didn't want to wallow in the pain of it all.

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                              Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
                              Asamoah Gyan wearing 3 was all wrong.
                              Absolutely! It's almost wrong enough to forgive Suarez' handball in the 2010 world cup quarter final.

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                                Originally posted by Uros Predic View Post
                                In lieu of being able to find a 'Squad numbers I feel uncomfortable with' thread, just stopping by here to make everyone squirm with the knowledge that Stewart Downing is wearing number 6 for Blackburn this season; a travesty for which Doncaster rightly dumped them out the FA Cup
                                He also wore 6 at Aston Villa, incidentally

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