Originally Posted by The Exile
All I said was that he's not a central midfielder any more. Doesn't get forward enough, set pieces are dreadful, and he looks to play every ball as a fifty yard raking defence splitter when 95% of the time it's not on. Keep your trousers on.
I've been thinking about this, as I too don't think he is a very good central midfielder as he lacks the technique and intelligence. However, wondering why Bruce has been fielding him there, I reckon that it's actually a relatively clever ploy.
We fielded 3 strikers yesterday, plus Henderson who gets forward a lot too. That's quite an attacking lineup with those four, so it makes sense to have two midfielders in the middle who's job it is to break up play, and cover for the other four.
The two things that Richardson has is pace and energy, so in that respect he does a good job of covering a lot of ground harassing the opposition midfield, and he makes up for Cattermole's lack of pace.
Bolton have been playing a passing game all season, and yesterday they resorted to long ball. I don't think it is outrageous to say that the work done by Richardson and Cattermole in the middle was a big factor in Bolton playing different to the style that has brought them success this season.