Playing 3 at he back worked for us because our midfield was so press resistant and dynamic, the opposition found it tough to get the ball off Wanyama and Dembele and we'd normally always have an extra man in the forward positions. Reckon with NDombele could see us utilising it more frequently especially if we improve our full backs.
Makes sense to have as many options as possible, and to keep trying to find new or different patterns of play/formations to give us an edge over rivals who may have superior players man for man. That's the great thing about Poch, always looking at ways to get an extra edge. Think he did get a few formations wrong last season but overall it did seem to me that his starting formations and/or in match adjustments (including substitutions) had improved noticeably from previous seasons ?
Personally not fussed what formation we plan to play or who plays in it until each game has kicked off as you just never quite know how things are going to work out (have more than once thought we'd play in style X to counteract opposition that plays in style Y, only to find opponent had changed to style Z and we spent 20 mins clinging on before re adjustments were made).
Not sure if this is where Poch is going though I do believe it is what he wanted a few years back. However it is my feeling that juggling so many formations may be a weakness. At the start of his time at Spurs the manager had many critics on here for having no plan B yet we did have a clear style of play. I wonder if by juggling formations so much to suit opponents we have lost some fluidity in our play? City and Liverpool seem to believe in their style of play sticking with it come what may but getting players in who can deliver what is needed. (City went off plan in the CL first semi and paid for it).
For several months our game has seem disjointed, lacking rhythm, intensity, belief and end product. Was it just down to injuries / fitness issues or uncertainty in the pattern of play?