Out of the current, available squad in a 4-4-2, Fane is the leading candidate for his role. That is the problem. Omrani hasn’t shown enough for me, despite being significantly better on the ball. I’ve not seen Maouche.
Out of our current squad, with everyone fit, I’d pick Kean Bryan to play the holding midfield role, in a 4-4-2. Edmundson has shown more than enough to warrant keeping his place at centre-half. The problem is Gerrard and Bryan being injured.
I would actually be inclined to play 3-5-2 with a midfield of Gardner, Pringle and Byrne as in a 3 I think those 3 have enough about them do be able to win the ball back to the level required (bearing in mind they won’t lose it as much, as they aren’t carrying Fane with the ball). It suits our available players slightly more too.
If we hadn’t loaned Green out to Crewe I’d be more inclined to pick him, in a 4-4-2, even if he does pass it sideways more often than not. However, loaning some of our midfield was necessary to free up spare wages to bring in others. Green will be on double Fane so it makes sense to loan Green.
As deyres said we only have 2 proper central midfielders so he has to play. If we want to do something more than struggle next season (if we stay up, which I think we will). He has to be improved on. Doing so won’t be hard.
In some ways I wonder if that is exacerbating the problem. As we have limited replacements, and now we are on a long run of playing 2 games a week, especially if Fane is still doing the extra training to improve his skills, I wonder if he is simply knackered. Resting him might be a worthwhile option.