Amongst the banter and the seriousness at The Football Forecast, we have all discussed the best XI that would represent the team if we ever take to the pitch for a 90-minute game. And here it is, the best TFF team, including past and present members.
GK- Connor Revill
The Lincoln City fan is the main choice between the sticks. Revill’s strongest asset is his diving, he also has good reflexes, enabling him to reach shots heading toward the corners as well as this, he is a strong voice on the pitch, expect the defence to be well organised under his guidance.
LB- Liam Drury
Expect more attacking than defending from this pint-sized 16-year-old. Drury loves to get forward to join attacks and overlap/support his winger but he also has the legs and the pace to get back and defend when needed. Despite having a low level of fitness and stamina since an operation back in February, Liam is on his way back to his usual energetic self.
CB- Connor Wright
TFF’s version of John Stones, without the mistakes, is none other than new assistant manager Connor Wright. Wright loves to have the ball at his feet, he has confidence when passing out from the back and isn’t at all scared to use his skill to go past his man.
CB- Kieran Masters
The physical presence in TFF’s defence is none other than one of the longest serving TFF members, Kieran Masters. Kieran will win any header, tackle or 50/50 that comes his way, the team sure can rely upon this ‘Masters’ of defence.
RB- Ryan White
The first former TFF member to appear in the XI is Scottish defender Ryan White. White can also play at CB and in CM, with his tough tackling and good range of passing evident to see. Ryan is also known to be one of the players in the team to argue with the officials, so expect a few cards to come his way.
CDM- Alex Crowther
The founder of TFF. Alex is the heartbeat of the team, intent on driving them forward when he has a chance. Crowther possesses some tough tackling ability and likes to keep his passing play short in an attempt to keep possession of the ball but Alex’s main goal will be to protect the defence as best as he can.
CM- Jack Pattison
Jack likes to describe himself as TFF’s very own version of Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. Pattison has an eye for a pass, is able to pick players out from impossible angles and can also be strong and quick when he needs to be, meaning that he is able to cover the ground well and don’t be surprised to see him up in the box to get on the end of attacks.
CM- Josh Keeble-Wells
Captain. Leader. Legend. What more can be said about this man? He is one of TFF’s stars and can be expected to lead the TFF team out impressively. Josh is a tough tackler, fitting in well with the other midfielders and he is also capable of shooting from long range, if the opportunity arises.
LW- Danny Cook
Danny is a quick winger and he provides the “Hazard effect” for TFF. Cook is naturally right-footed, so is able to cut inside onto his stronger foot and shoot, equally, he is more than capable to run on the outside and get crosses into the box with his weaker left foot.
ST- Liam Byrne
The youngest TFF player, 15-years-old, yet the tallest in the XI, he stands well over 6 foot. Expect the rest of the team to play long ball to this lad. Liam can be expected to win every ball that comes his way and knock it down for the midfielders or flick it on for overlapping players.
RW- Harry Sherman
Harry is one of the more likeable players around TFF and is certainly one of the more talented. Harry is quick, willing to run, can put in a good cross and also get on the end of team moves and show astute finishing. Expect a few goals to come from Sherman if the ball arrives at his feet.
Overall Team Style- Counter Attacking
TFF are more than happy to let the opposition come to them with wave after wave of pressure, but TFF are able to stand strong with good defensive players and then prepared to hit them on the break with quick players such as Liam Drury, Jack Pattison, Harry Sherman and Danny Cook, ready to use their pace effectively by surging forward and hoping striker Liam Byrne is waiting to profit.
Manager- Andrew Cliff
The Geordie, Andrew Cliff, would be in charge of the TFF team if they ever took to the pitch and the team would know that they are in safe hands under Cliff. Cliff expects his team to press the ball and to be solid defensively, meanwhile, he wants them to be clinical when surging forward to score a handful of goals.
Assistant manager- Ben Wheatland
Ben is a handy right-hand man for Cliff to rely on and with extensive knowledge of how to play the game with success, Wheatland will be trusted by Andrew to support him as the team take to the pitch.
Subs- Thomas Galliers (GK), Charlie Russell (CB), Thomas Scholes (CB), Charlie Russell (CDM), Ben Jones (CM), Jonny Naidoo (LW/RW), Kieran Moss (ST).
Corners: Jack Pattison and Danny Cook
Free kicks:Harry Sherman
Indirect free kicks: Alex Crowther
Penalties: Danny Cook
Most Likely to-
Score: Liam Byrne
Assist: Harry Sherman
Get a yellow card: Jack Pattison
Get sent-off: Josh Keeble-Wells
Clear off the line: Liam Drury
Do skill moves: Connor Wright
Score from a corner/free kick: Liam Byrne
Stay back when attacking corners: Liam Drury, Connor Wright and Ryan White
To stay up when defending corners: Harry Sherman and Danny Cook
Get fouled: Harry Sherman
Get subbed off first: Liam Drury