Our midfield last season was probably the strongest we’ve had for many years.

Stewart Downing’s reincarnation, Alex Song head and shoulders above everyone else, Cheikhou Kouyate just generally being a beast and Morgan Amalfitano being one of the surprisingly decent signings of the summer – it really was a very, very good midfield.

But Slaven Bilic’s arrival carries a major threat to our midfield’s unity, which will undoubtedly prove to be a good thing.

The fact we’re being linked with so many exciting midfielders is a huge indication that Bilic wants his midfield to be one of the focal points of his revolution in England.

That may mean seeing some of the favourites of last season fighting extremely hard to keep their place in the team – and believe me, it breaks my heart to think Mark Noble may end up with a bit-part, or second choice, role next season.

The arrival of Pedro Obiang is the start, but who’s next? Beaing in mind Bilic prefers to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, here’s a look at our dream 2-3 of that line-up next season…


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