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2tone
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Post #1
Friday March 15, 2013 8:31pm

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Gatt is playing as the second striker for Molde today. Will that be a permanent position switch for him going forward with Molde?

What do you think About Gatt being a second striker versus a winger?

He looks more dangerous as a striker.

Could be an intriguing pairing of Gatt and Altidore just saying.

stone88
Post #2
Friday March 15, 2013 9:03pm

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I've said this a number of times here on this forum, but got laugh out of the building. I remember seeing him play as a striker for Molde against I believe it was herenveen or stutgart last year in the Europa league and almost singlehandedly dominated the opposition. Two me, the pairing of those two could possibly be a rehash of the Alt'dore Davies days.

Jaybinho20
Post #3
Friday March 15, 2013 9:25pm

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I would love to see Gatt get PT anywhere across the attack with the US. I am not saying he is the second coming or anything, but he is clearly a useful player that provides qualities that no one else in our player pool currently gives us. Those qualities are speed, and I mean speed, and confidence. With our lack of width and lack of attack recently, no one is taking defenders on. We are not beating defenders 1v1 and are not forcing them to recognize any of our attackers as dangerous. Whether it is as a starter or really as a second half sub, Gatt should be on the squad to make the opposing team respect our ability to beat them and our tenacity to go at them. Without him or a few others (Shea and Agudelo provide similar qualities) teams don't have to fear us from what we have shown recently. I know that Gatt, Shea and Agudelo are all young, raw and unproven but none of our veterans are providing this necessary element in attack.

navi8132
New York
Post #4
Friday March 15, 2013 9:52pm

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A bit too fragile to be beat up by the central defenders playing in that position.

usry723
Augusta, GA
Post #5
Friday March 15, 2013 10:22pm

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Doesn't have the technical ability to be a striker.
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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #6
Friday March 15, 2013 10:32pm

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Original post from navi8132

A bit too fragile to be beat up by the central defenders playing in that position.


What makes you say that?

He has had muscular problems thats it. Muscular problems don't come from being beat up by CB's.

Oh and playing in a two striker formation would mean that Jozy would be doing the heavy lifting not Gatt.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #7
Friday March 15, 2013 10:34pm

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Original post from usry723

Doesn't have the technical ability to be a striker.


Totally disagree.

A second striker makes runs of of the main striker. He can beat people 1v1 because I have seen him do it plenty of times, he has a very good shot on him, and has more than enough pace to get in behind.

I will always say that it takes up to 5 to 8 caps for a player to really settle in at the International level.

1 cap and a half a cap is not a big enough sample size to judge a players ability. Anybody that does judge after 1 cap is just not a fan of the player period.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #8
Friday March 15, 2013 10:45pm

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Original post from stone88

I've said this a number of times here on this forum, but got laugh out of the building. I remember seeing him play as a striker for Molde against I believe it was herenveen or stutgart last year in the Europa league and almost singlehandedly dominated the opposition. Two me, the pairing of those two could possibly be a rehash of the Alt'dore Davies days.


Yeah I am pretty sure he played as a second striker in his youth days as well.

I think he could be a good player in that second striker spot, but I also think he will have to be able to play as a wide forward as well.

Solksjaer did put him back out at RW later in the game though.

Bshredder
Post #9
Saturday March 16, 2013 12:16am

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It could work if it's a fast-paced game and he can make long runs to get behind the defense. A more slower possession-oriented game will be harder for him as a striker.

Josh has had success on the wings but his crossing isn't one of his best attributes.

DaBurgh
Pittsburgh Pa
Post #10
Saturday March 16, 2013 1:35am

Joined Jan 2013
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GATT obviously has great speed and can take defenders on 1v1 with good pace, but What i think GATT does that could be very valuable to usmnt is getting behind defenders and connect on balls played to the touch line. Against Russia, after GATT settled down, Bradley was putting in long balls in behind the the defense ,and GATT was getting on the end of them. A few of them were put back in play in front of the goal. If Jozy, deuce and Bradley learn how to work off of a player like this, it could be very dangerous.
Not sure if GATT is a start but coming off the bench he could be a game changer.

Scout92
Lone Star State
Post #11
Saturday March 16, 2013 5:44am

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Gatt a center forward..hmm..he has the athletism, skill on the ball, and strike capability(finishing) to be a good attacking 2nd striker, now he does not posses the passing capability or vision to be a creative 2nd forward.

But we need more help on the right wing, so I prefer him there.

dolcem
Post #12
Saturday March 16, 2013 7:32am

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We don't have any good wingers (besides Dempsey) but we have two good strikers and possibly two more serviceable ones (Boyd, Agudelo).

We shouldn't be using a two striker formation (most good teams don't use it these days because it means you are outnumbered in central midfield and can't maintain possession) unless it's a 4-4-2 diamond with CM's instead of wingers (that way we aren't outmanned in the middle of the park). Even then though, why would we play Gatt instead of Gomez, who is experienced, a hard-worker, plays in a quality league, and has a great goal-scoring record?

If Gatt plays well CONSISTENTLY for his club (something he hasn't done) than he should get a few more chances on the wing but not up top. And until he moves to a half-decent league I won't change my assessment of him: all pace and nothing else. And injury prone. But we're so short of attacking options I could see him getting plenty more looks for the USNT.
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Footyskillz
Arlington, VA
Post #13
Sunday March 17, 2013 2:40pm

Joined Jun 2012
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He's played pretty consistently for Molde. Only time he's out is when he's injured, otherwise he seems to be a surefire starter.
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