With Bastian Schweinsteiger set to arrive tomorrow much has been said and written how will he fit into an already crowded midfield? Is one of the puzzle pieces Head Coach must solve with Schweinsteiger’s arrival. The Fire already have two excellent holding mid-fielders in newly acquired Dax Mccarty and Juninho. A position Schweinsteiger has played before. So will he be played as a number 10 playmaker? Sitting in front of the McCarty, Juninho pair, a position he hasn’t really played before. But he is a veteran and very wise player. He has excellent technique and as such should be able to adapt to the demands of playing in MLS. MLS is a very physically demanding league and Schweinsteiger has had a long history of injuries. But he has not been playing regularly over the last half season has allowed him to heal up. There is always the possibility he could be paired with McCarty and Juninho which will make it so he will not have to do much running. Since his legs may not be what they once were.
So with the possibility of Schweinsteiger being available for the April 1 match against the Montreal Impact, there has been wide speculation about what formation will head Coach Veljko Paunovic use to make the most of his sudden roster riches. One formation he tried last season to almost no success was a 3-5-2, with only three players on the back line. This one would make sense since he will be without defensive stalwart Kapplehoff due to suspension, and he has a wealth of riches in Mid-field. Also this season he has Dax McCarty who can sit in front of the back line and help out in defense. It is thought that Schweinsteiger can help the Fire improve in one category that last year was among the lowest in MLS, pass completion.
When speaking in a tele-conference on what position Schweinsteiger would play when he arrives Nelson Rodriguez stated “Bastian played an attacking midfield role for Bayern in some of his last years there to great effect. We’re talking about a player whose versatility, whose intelligence, whose dominance of the ball allows him to play different roles.” Now Head coach Paunovic has a problem many head coaches can only dream about, how to get so many talented players on the field at the same time.