I actually think Spearing plays better with a DM next to him, he isn't a proper DM as such and doesn't have the nous or experience for it. Next to an enforcer as the double pivot is his best role - i.e. next to Lucas last year. With him and Gerrard we at times can get dragged around and lose control of the midfield - there isn't enough nous or intelligence in the midfield. Javi Martinez is fantastic as he can play either as a DM or a CM but I think he only moves for CL. Kevin Strootman is another with the intelligence that we need and can play either role to a certain extent. Other names are Joe Allen, Joao Moutinho and James McCarthy who again outplayed Gerrard - seen him do that a few times, he is a very smart footballer.