Originally Posted by Steve Austin
Rooney would play wide in a 4-3-3 I'd say, but I'd swing towards the narrow 4-4-2. Given how all our wingers are shit at the minute, we could play that formation easy with Mata coming in.
Fletcher and Carrick in the deeper midfield roles, Mata, Rooney and someone else (probably Valencia) across the attacking midfield, and then RVP up front.
Originally Posted by vinnienfg
Mata's been Chelsea's player of the year 2 seasons running. He's easily one of the best attacking midfielders in the league. 12 goals in his first season, 20 last season on top of the bags of assists he got. I think Â£40M is about right for him given that he's also only 25.
Just because he hasn't played this season doesn't mean he's a bad player.