There has been for years the debate over the long ball-long pass game and several issues are worth discussion:
· Danny Blanchflower said good teams passed long and short the importance being the timing and quality of the pass.
· In my memory no team built around the long ball preference has ever won a trophy better than the FA cup (Wimbledon)
· The long ball game calls for specific tactics in winning the second ball, Wimbledon crowding the area of the first ball and Cambridge leaving the grass longer in the corners etc.
· No long ball team has ever produced premier status without bringing with it the reputation for heavy-duty tackling and yellow and red card collections of substance.
· Every team primarily built around the long ball theory has been generally titled as boring.
· Charles Hughes the FA theorist stated that as 96% of all goals scored were scored in the penalty box then the most efficient football was to keep putting the ball back into the box without delay. (5 passes maximum I believe was the theory).
As an avid fan of the game played on the floor as the basic rhythm I must admit to finding the Boltons and Watfords up there with drying paint as far as entertainment is concerned, I also fail to see how those types of teams are going to produce the next England team.