As if our midfield wasn't beat up enough already, we manage to lose two left-sided players for an extended time. Garcia's done for the year and Gonzalez is expected back in 3 weeks or so. That sounds optimistic to me. None of the players we're rumored to be interested in are left-sided midfielders. Obviously we may end up purchasing one - as we well should; even before yesterday's debacle we were hurting on the left, with Gonzo not making much impact, our LB's not providing much in the way of support (or defense for that matter) - but if we don't, what's the solution on that side of the pitch? One idea is to start playing a 3-5-2. We've got the defenders to do it, Aurelio is a natural fullback, and Finnan is good enough to provide support in the attack. We can slide Gerrard into the hole, in front of Momo (when he returns) and Xabi, giving him the freedom to roam all over the field. Do we have any youngsters who can come up and step into a role on the left side? Paul Anderson is a RM, correct? Everything I've read and seen about him is very promising. Is he up to the task of first-team football, or is he still a ways off? What LM's are available in the transfer market?