UK time is: 10:43:47
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Has Rodgers found the ideal role for Marek?

Its almost 2 years since Steve Coppell paid over a million pounds for Czech midfielder Marek Matejovsky, and despite many saying he is the best players at the club he has yet to find his role in the Royals midfield - until now perhaps.


Often considered a luxury player by the always 'glass half empty' Steve Coppell, he tried to deploy him in an attacking role in the centre, in the hole behind the striker and sometimes even out wide. Before the Leicester game, Rodgers had used him sparingly to say the least and even when he did get a run out, he was deployed on the right of the now extinct (hopefully) midfield diamond.


He is a man that splits opinion among the Royals faithful, many claiming he is the best player in the world whilst the other half think he is the greatest player their never was, and his rumoured qualities have never been seen by anyone other than those watching hand picked you tube clips!


However he now seems to have found a place in the heart of the action in a deep lying midfield role, shooting down suggestions that your holding midfielder has to be someone who is not afraid to put his foot in and make a tackle.


I'm the first to admit that upon hearing the line up for the Leicester game, I had no idea how that midfield would work and I certainly didn't expect to Matejovsky sitting infront of the back 4.


However in the last few games we have seen his passing abilty come to the fore and his cross for Rasiak's winning goal was pure class, on Saturday against Blackpool.


Playing in that role, he looks like a slightly lesser version of Pirlo or Iniesta who are world class 'holding' midfielders who aren't known for their tackling ability but more their ability to control a game.


Rodgers may well have found the answer to the lonstanding question of where to play Marek and could well see his side rise up the table as a result.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Steve Guscott  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 25 2009

Time: 9:13PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Team news: Wigan vs Reading (Thursday April 17 2014)

Midfielder frustrated with red return (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Player Ratings - Leicester (H) (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Stats: Reading v Leicester (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Adkins satisfied with crucial point (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Reading 1 - 1 Leicester (Monday April 14 2014)

Key man watch: Riyad Mahrez (Monday April 14 2014)

Leicester (H) Match Preview (Monday April 14 2014)

Team news: Reading vs Leicester (Sunday April 13 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Derby County 42 22 9 11 27 75
4. Q.P.R. 42 21 10 11 15 73
5. Wigan 41 19 10 12 14 67
6. Reading 42 17 13 12 13 64
7. Brighton 42 17 13 12 12 64
8. Ipswich 42 17 13 12 8 64
9. Bournemouth 42 17 11 14 1 62

Breaking League News

Team news: Wigan vs Reading
Reading : 17/04/2014 10:00:00
Rovers expecting DJ help
Blackburn : 17/04/2014 09:36:00
Howe: Young players will get their opportunity
Bournemouth : 17/04/2014 08:15:00
Pugh: It ticks all the boxes
Bournemouth : 17/04/2014 08:01:00
Kermorgant: Grabban can target 25 goals
Bournemouth : 17/04/2014 07:50:00
Meet The Ref: Sheffield Wednesday at home
Bournemouth : 17/04/2014 07:40:00
LUFC On This Day - April 17th
Leeds Utd : 17/04/2014 07:22:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Prediction for the Leicester game?
Suggested By:  Josh
Win 17%
Draw 33%
Loss 50%