Sitting in fifth place after 14 rounds of games played, many would feel that there is not much to worry about at Galway WFC. Although expectations are always high at a well-run club and the internal talk will be about getting better.

Stephen Lally has replaced Billy Clery in the dug-out and he is still finding his way in the SSE Airtricity Women's National League. He has plenty of experience and has been shrewd in bringing back players who he previously coached in Meabh de Burca, Becky Walsh and Julie-Ann Russell.

Yet, the performances have been inconsistent and that leads to indifferent results. Galway should be closer to the top three teams in the League but their recent loss at home to Wexford Youths showed that they still have some way to go to catch up with them.

Lally will have his own ideas on how to change things and it will be interesting to see how he implements those over the coming weeks. One thought that he may have considered is switching to a system that employs wing-backs in order to stretch the pitch, get his wide players up and down the flanks, create more goalscoring opportunities and provide extra defensive cover.

Galway certainly have the players to roll out such a system. In fact, many would argue that Shauna Brennan is better suited to being a wing-back rather than a full-back on the left side, while Russell is the perfect option on the right considering her strength at both dribbling & crossing. They also have other options in those areas, which will be needed as the season rolls on, but trying to get the most out of Brennan and Russell in those areas makes a lot of sense.

In order for a wing-back system to work, the midfield needs to provide cover and drop into the areas to fill gaps and also link play. De Burca is the outstanding candidate to lead in that area with a holding midfield role suited to her game intelligence, athleticism and experience of having played full-back for the majority of her career.

If Brennan & Russell are to be encouraged to get forward at every opportunity, and De Burca is hanging back to sweep up, then the other two midfielders must be the links to the attack. They are the players who need to become targets with their angled runs and support play behind the strikers. Sinead Donovan, Chloe Singleton and Ruth Fahy are three who can prosper in that role.

Up front, it's obvious that Lynsey McKey should be given licence to roam freely, while Aoife Thompson can spearhead the attack. Of course, there would be an extra edge to their play in the final third if Rachel Kearns - who is still the team's top goalscorer this season despite not having played for the past few months - ever returns from Ladies GAA (the same can be said in midfield if Kate Slevin were to come back).

At the other end of the pitch a three-player backline might help to tighten things up for a team that has only recorded one clean sheet so far this season. Savannah McCarthy would thrive in being the leader of that defence and she would be delighted to have two wing-backs ready to latch onto her long-range passes.

As mentioned, Lally will have his own ideas and his experience will be vital in turning Galway into a more consistent team. But using wing-backs may help things considering the personnel available to him.