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Everything posted by Spiller86

  1. As I said at the time it was the biggest reason not to buy him for the price. The miss from the corner was the worst I've seen since Kalou missed from virtually in the goal in the FA Cup final against Portsmouth. That said I think he has added to our attack significantly. There isn't another player in the team who could have made the run from that Kovacic ball at the end. He is just so quick it gives us an edge on the counter in those tight games with opponents pushing. I think it depends on how the season goes as to whether we chase Haaland or not. If we're in range of a CL or
  2. Again, I've been saying ever since we were first linked with him, this is how he plays. This isn't confidence, he is just a streaky finisher and volume shooter. He scores lots and misses lots. I agree we didn't buy him to play on the wings, but he should have scored at least two easy goals by my count as it was. Playing centrally might help him have more chances but it won't improve his finishing. If we were expecting Sergio Aguero then we were mistaken. Not to say he still isn't a very valuable player, but he isn't the clinical striker who scores every half chance.
  3. I thought Silva just shaded him tonight but he is playing great because we're allowing him to do what he does well: Covering space, making tackles and closing down. We're not asking him to play out of position to shoehorn another player into the team. He's world class, walks into any team in the world. It's embarrassing that some on here were calling for him to be sold. Well embarrassing for them, because surely the club weren't so stupid to entertain such an idea.
  4. Spot on. Mount as usual was everywhere and played well. The ball for Werner in the second half was incredible. Crucially he also actually did his job defensively which Havertz did not. Part of our issue first half was Kante having to pull across behind Havertz to cover leaving space in the centre. Good move from Frank to bring Kovacic on when he did. Gave us more defensive stability to see the game out. We know that COVID has longer term effects in terms of fatigue so I think it will take a while for Havertz to be back to full flight.
  5. That game had late equaliser written all over it, so nice to see us get the win and put it to bed with the third goal. Three superb team goals tonight. We didn't play well but had the quality when it mattered. Well done to Timo for persistence. Would have been easy to be selfish, but he chose to square and Pulisic obliged. Good to beat that mob and go top. One step beyond to rub it in to dirty Leeds as well. Love it!
  6. Superb team goal. The ball to release Havertz from Silva was amazing. Ziyech to James and then the cross was equally superb. We won't score a better team goal this year. Great finish from Giroud. Shame to see Ziyech go off. Has been far and away our best attacking signing this year and looked good everytime he has touched it this game.
  7. Surely this is a good time to post the classic McCreadie on Bremner missile dropkick?
  8. Won't be the same without the crowd for this one. Although it is f'ing hilarious that their first season back and their fans will be lucky to be able to go to a match at all. Will be even better if they go back down now. Hope we crush them.
  9. Completely missed the perfect hattrick aspect. Very rare. Great to see him start and do well. Hopefully he is used a little more now in the right moments. He absolutely has the quality to play a bigger role than he has so far.
  10. Very tough away fixture and we handled it with aplomb. Albeit Sevilla were very poor. Giroud dominated the smaller Sevilla centre halves. Great to see him among the goals and hopefully this means he plays more regularly. He certainly offers something different from Tammy and Werner. The right foot chip was just superb.
  11. Agreed Nibs. I think he's struggled with the increase in pace and the better, tighter defences. Has largely floated in and out of games. Mount doing a Drogba at the moment. In comes the big name signing and Mason has lifted his game to another level. Up to Kai to win back a role in the 11.
  12. Agreed. I think it's about options and strikers who suit particular games. Tammy largely is a guy who seems to score goals against more open defences where there is a bit of space. Giroud on the other hand suits a game like Spurs where there is no space, but he can create a focal point for others to play around. Neither are great finishers so it becomes more about who benefits the team most in particular situations. I would say that Tammy has better pressing legs than Giroud, which matters in the Lampard system.
  13. I think we saw again that we are perhaps still a little horse as far as the title race is concerned. Still positive signs. A clean sheet against a good team is nothing to sneeze at.
  14. Absolutely and he does that well
  15. He scored mountains from the same position last year. Plenty of the goals he has missed haven't been from the left hand side of the box they have been from the central striking position.
  16. Was it the FA Cup final against Pompey where he managed to hit the crossbar despite pretty much being in the goal?
  17. Didn't hear anyone saying this about Salomon Kalou when he was here!
  18. RIP. Here for a good time not a long time could have been his motto, so not overly surprising news.
  19. Exactly. People forget it's a long season. It's not going to be all high pressing and space in the midfield to do as we please as it has been recently. In the same way as Giroud needs to play a role in the bigger tighter games to come so will Kovacic when it is important to have someone who can dribble past someone to make space on midfield.
  20. Agreed. We'll really see what's what this year against Spurs. Jose has a habit of doing well against teams that play like us.
  21. I said before we bought him that this is his way. He scores lots and he misses lots. He needs to take a large volume of shots to be effective. Thankfully he has been getting lots of shots so far.
  22. Streaky performance but a win is a win. Shame to see the poor marking at corners return tonight. Nice to see Oli on the scoresheet, perhaps this will mean he can get some more minutes. As he was last year he will be more and more important in the tighter games to come after Christmas where there is more at stake and teams start to work out our current approach.
  23. Definite handball especially given how trigger happy VAR is towards penalties these days. That aside it's another big game that Rodgers has lost. Yet again proving a nearly man.
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