Midfield needs line breakers. Cos as mentioned, when teams clog up the center corridor as well as having spare numbers back, you need quick blokes to break through the wall of congestion.
ATM we have guys like Heppell, Watson, Howlett, Hocking etc who would have trouble running away from a snail trying to break the lines. Also kills us on the counter attack when we cough up the ball.
Tis no doubt why they felt the need to rush Dempsey back, to give that extra option of going forward, instead of trying to pinpoint passes up the field and sideways, always relying on hitting targets, instead of occassionally running the ball.
It's obviously a hard dilemma cos the guys in there give it their all, but the sad fact is, you need a bit of variety in there, not all the same.
I love the way Howlett goes about it, but IMO he would be first in line to be replaced for a speedier option to come in. He's not a forward, he' a midfielder who can rest forward, not solely play as one, so if they aren't going to give him the midfield time, get some speed into the side.
Granted with Demps back, either he or gleeson when fit, may fill that void, hopefully.