Fully understand what you are saying. But there are loads of factors to take into account.
Fitness will still play a part
Any knocks/injuries too
Then any tactical implications that NW is trying to mitigate
But I do agree with your last point. Anyone not showing the correct attitude needs shifting out
We have so many midfielders why not go with a straight 4 - 4 - 2. It offers a defensive role for our back line and not so hard to understand and maintain formation. Well as long as the wing backs don’t get caught out to far forward and it offers support in attack. We have nothing to loose, so why not..
small squad then and iirc we kept a pretty consistant 11 week in week out and same two subs each game cuff and brine. also unlike these days the recruitment worked positively i think maybe boam, platt, craggs, murdoch and souness were the only signings in his first two seasons, all sucesses . next to bernie , souness must be our bigest bargain of all time...30,000 wow.
To me he was the most influential Boro Manager in our history, by no means perfect, like all of us he had his flaws but he put Boro back on the footballing map after languishing in the second tier with seemingly no way out of it. Brilliant time to be a Boro fan back then, many happy memories! RIP Big Jack.