If you look back at your fav time watching football when was it??? I've spoken to loads of my mates and they all say 96-06/07....
We all have different reasons as to why, but common theme was it was end to end 4-4-2 vs 4-4-2 a lot of the time. Big Target Man and a small pacey lad up top nicking goals with 2 wingers crossing and 2 full backs overlapping.
Was end to end
But now it looks like damage limitation, short passing it up from the back... It's absolute dross to watch, I stopped watching premier league the year after Leicester won... I used to watch a lot of league of Ireland too but same happening, very diffensive tip tapping it around between the CBs FBs and the goalie.
Im of the belief that a striker needs a fellow striker
to work with
Maybe I'm just a dinosaur, but I think 4-4-2 is the way forward to get bums on seats in stadiums, and decent results... The only knack is you've got to be solid in defense which we clearly aren't but I don't think we are far off.... We've been much worse