By Tony Attwood
We are seeing a real pattern with Chapman. In almost every position he had his man who could deliver the goods, and who would play the majority of the matches. The only thing that kept him out would be injury to himself, or an injury to a key player elsewhere when he would introduce a bit of shuffling around.
One of the key areas where Chapman did swap players was his wingers – number 11 and 7. Many is the player who worked both wings – Beasley in this list is a prime example.
So that’s the index of players who played at number 7 – and the pattern is perfectly obvious. Indeed it gives us the clue to Chapman’s success – building the team player by player, brick by brick. The settled side – one might say the settled side of all stars.
But there is a slight change that will be found in the next episode: number 8.