Pundit has his say on Saka being played out of position for England

Bukayo Saka struggled last night as England faced Italy in a must-win Nations League game.

The Three Lions had to win the match to avoid being relegated from their group, but they lost and will now play at a level lower than the current one in the next Nations League campaign.

Saka started on the left wing of a 3-4-3 formation, a position he has filled in the past, but not anymore.

He is now a right-winger at Arsenal and he is thriving in that position at club level.

However, Gareth Southgate played him out of position in the game, and he struggled.

After a dismal first half, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling tweeted:

“Ok, not so good! I agree. Feel sorry for Bukayo Saka. What’s he doing as LWB? It is a bit of a mess!”

Just Arsenal Opinion

When a player is played out of position, it is hard for him to do well and that was the case with Saka.

He is one of the best right-wingers in the Premier League. Why would he be played in a left-wing-back position?

Hopefully, Southgate would learn from this and do better in his next team selection.

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4 Comments

    1. MANAGERS WHO PLAY PLAYERS IN A DIFFERENT POSITION FROM THEIR REGULAR CLUB POSITION, ARE UNWISE AT BEST, FOOLISH AT WORST.
      I will not be watching this WC as it was corruptly awarded to a corrupt tiny country. But I anticipate Southgate coming under intense fan pressure to resign, when we exit the comp far earlier than many predict. Probably to France in the quarters.
      I profoundly disagree with Pires, who judges managers by nationality, in his stupid comment.

      1. I am from Qatar and we don’t need to you to watch it, I bet you watched the world cup which was hosted by Russia. Hypocrisy.

  1. Irrespective at any of the two wings that the England national team manager, Gareth Southgate decided to play Bukayo Saka, the Arsenal FC wide man in his team formation selection. Lwould have thought that Saka being a natural versatile wide man player that is claimed that he, should be able to operate efficiently in any of the two wide role positions for the Three-Lions in their last away match to the Azzurris at the Sansiro Stadium Milan in the UEFA Nations League last Friday night.
    So therefore, I think Saka was one of the many Three-Lions players who seriously underperformed in the match for England. Which accounted for England 1 goal lose defeat to Italy.
    I think all the There-Lions players who will be selected to start and play at Wembley against the visiting Germany national team in the same competition next Monday night should take their lose to Italy as a wake up call. And wake up from their slumbers to beat Germany in the match. And beat them to redeem themselves ahead of England preparations for the world cup which starts in November.
    Meanwhile, I think Gareth Southgate should recall the Arsenal versatile right sided defender Ben White to his England world cup squad. And select him alongside his two other Arsenal players of Ramsdale and Saka in his final list for the mundial.

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