The poll is closed. The results are in.
Javier Zanetti received the highest amount of votes. Pablo Zabaleta came in second.
No surprises there.
el Pupi Zanetti is of course still a fan favorite.
The veteran Argentina player is still going strong with Inter and has shown that he can still be a part of the national team. Zanetti knows the right-back position inside and out. The many years of experience that he has playing in that position for Argentina is a huge asset.
Everyone that has seen Zabaleta play this season with Manchester City knows the outstanding form that he’s been in. Zabaleta has been strong defensively and very successful at making attacking runs all season long.
Zabaleta would be capable of stepping right in to the fullback position on the national team and provide immediate help and improvement in that spot.
Emiliano Insua received the highest number of votes among the left-backs.
Gabriel Heinze received a good number of votes. Those that voted for him must really be hardcore Heinze fans who refuse to see that he does not belong on the national team.
Boca’s Fabian Monzon received some votes and everyone else on the poll received single votes.
The consensus then is that Zanetti & Insua should be the starting fullbacks in the World Cup.
The Germany game exposed Argentina’s weakness in the fullback position even more and with the World Cup near there is an urgent need for players like Zanetti, Zabaleta and Insua to fill those postions in the lineup.
Maradona has decided to go with center-backs in the fullback positions.
A truly senseless move on his part.
As we saw in the Germany game, Otamendi and Heinze were not able to make attacking runs and give the team much needed help in that area.
Otamendi is not capable of making attacking runs because he is a center-back, he does not have the skills required of a fullback.
As a center-back, he does not have the mobility, vision and passing skills required of a fullback.
As far as Heinze, he has not played well as a center-back or a left-back but he is always in the starting lineup.
Also at this point, it cannot be said that both players bring a solid defensive presence to the team.
Will Maradona continue to insist with center-backs as fullbacks or will he make the changes needed and have real fullbacks playing in those positions.
Maradona cannot say that he does not have options. He does and they are good ones.
Once the world cup begins, the debate ends and there’s no turning back.