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  1. I'm sorry, didn't you know he can't play as the CDM? His passing isn't good enough or something or other.
  2. Agreed. Beyond the usual suspects who bemoan every possible signing with an Anglo surname, many thought he could be a useful part of the squad, especially reconnecting with Kante in midfield. I worried about the price (as I often do ) but I don't I thought he would turn out this poorly. I think you're right that elite attitude is key and he sadly seems to have fallen short of that. Anyway to continue your On the Waterfront reference he coulda been a contender, he coulda been somebody, instead of a bum.
  3. Anyone else think there are a ton of penalties being given out all of a sudden? I'm not sure if it is VAR or something else, but there seem to be lots being given all round.
  4. Spot on. The obsession with statistics is bordering on silly. Kante got an assist for what looked like a deflection off him that happened to bounce to Werner to score. The numbers border on meaningless sometimes. Ziyech's pass won't count for a thing in the stats but it set up the goal (as did Kovacic's run). More broadly on Mateo it is certainly a new role for him. The thing I found bizarre was that he seemed to play higher up than Mount. His key strength is carrying the ball through midfield. Makes no sense to have him play furthest forward.
  5. Oh dear. At least no criminal allegations this time. He needs to be careful, moves to Bayern can quickly become moves to Brentford regardless of talent. Just ask Josh McEachran.
  6. Ziyech was superb. He isn't a 90 percent pass completion type of player but the ones that come off are superb. He takes risks which is key, not this pass it around in a U shape until we give it away. I think we'll see his real mettle when teams try to rough him up a bit. Has had a clean run until now.
  7. I thought he looked a bit lost tbh. Didn't really adapt to the more advanced role. Some of his work without the ball was a bit lazy too, too much jogging back when caught above the turnover. Naturally he was a bit rusty after not playing for a few weeks.
  8. Both have their strengths, I think we'll see Dave play more of the games where defensive stability is required. Reece's crossing is great and he looks particularly good when he has no direct opponent like tonight, but Dave will feature when you need some street smarts and good defensive decision making. Reece is at times liable to get caught ball watching or giving it away in bad areas when under pressure. A good problem to have though!
  9. Just quietly Pochettino is the suckers appointment by United if they decide to go that way. Appointing him 3 years too late. Nagelsmann is the bloke you want to go for. As for us, criteria remains the same - make the top four and keep the team moving in the right direction. No discussion at all about a change in my view.
  10. Not sure many are railing against him. For mine I'm happy for him to be given time to grow and evolve his approach, which he needs to do. We've seen that growth this year already with our defence starting tighten up. I remain to be convinced that he is 100% the guy who'll win us our next PL/CL but it is better than having Sarri here by about a million percent.
  11. I think you're forgetting that he put the pressure on....
  12. He's doing well. I've still got my doubts about his ability to control and win the big games, but with the squad we have and with more experience hopefully he can continue to evolve as a manager.
  13. Sure. But if I am paying 15 a month to watch every PL game plus the CL and a bunch of others in Australia. The idea of paying 15 pounds to watch a single game not selected for broadcast in the UK is silly. It's again the PL gouging fans.
  14. We have better options across the squad I agree. What's nice is it seems Marina, Frank and Petr have all worked closely together on this.
  15. No surprises there. Middle of a pandemic that has killed the economy and meant a lot of football fans are doing it tough. Let's see how many sign up to a silly PPV arrangement. The utter greed and idiocy of these executives never ceases to amaze me.
  16. Really? Sarri made public comments that we needed rest and was furious when RLC got injured. We definitely didn't need that game, despite it being for a good cause. On Ruben himself, it's just sad to see him struggle with injuries. Physically he has everything and in that period toward the end of Sarri's reign we really saw his potential for the first time. Watching Havertz in recent weeks there is nothing in his locker that Ruben didn't show in that period. Very sadly he hasn't looked the same since the achilles injury. I hope to see him in our colours again but I fear we may not.
  17. I'd encourage you to watch the game again. Perhaps with a focus on when we didn't have the ball. Kante's mobility stopped any sniff of a counter that Burnley had all game. Jorginho certainly hasn't been doing that for two seasons.
  18. Three very bad give-aways by my count. Now of course he is still young, but others with a tenth of his price tag would have been slaughtered for similar errors. Imagine the carry on if Mount or CHO made those mistakes. Needs to cut that out of his game and learn that this isn't Germany. On another day against a better team that's how we concede cheap goals.
  19. Yeah. But honestly social media in general is pretty much 95% people who'd have nothing to say if they were in the same room with you but enjoy abusing others behind a keyboard. Who cares what Twitter has to say about anything.
  20. Last time he played there was in July when we beat Watford 3-0. He anchored Barkley and Mount and we played the best football we played after lockdown. This is just about the best we have played since then. I won't say that was just down to Kante, but the role he played helped.
  21. Showed his class today. Chased every ball, pressed well and in unison with others, scored a goal and laid on a peach of an assist. Can't ask for more. The extra left footed option makes such a difference as well. Who was it slagging him off in here last week?
  22. Tip top performance from Mason, capped with a great corner for Kurt's goal. You can see why Frank wants him on the pitch each game. His energy and workrate are superb and he can just make a yard of space in a tight spot when it matters. Not a good day for the footballing hipsters though. Mount and Kante just about the best two on the pitch against a very tough team to break down.
  23. Superb today. Put paid to the Kante can't play the anchor role rubbish again, just as he does every time he plays there. He did it with aplomb against a team who are very organised and press well. Shut down every chance Burnley had to counter and his distribution was great. Some of his cross field passing in the 40m/h winds was a joy to watch. Between he and Mount for MoM.
  24. He got it right today. Picked a mobile team to stop Burnley playing. Mount and Kante were superb. I'd like to see more of this and less Arsenal style tippy tappy nonsense with 80 percent of the ball, no cutthrough and vulnerability to the counter. Couple of bad give-aways from Havertz who was less impressive but credit to everyone else. We played well after a big European trip and we weren't complacent at all.
  25. He has always been a volume shooter rather than clinical. His touch in a few moments today was poor and yet when Ziyech played that pass in, his touch to control and then shoot were excellent. The bizarre thing is I don't think he has had a really top game yet and he still has 6 goals and 2 assists in 10 games. I wouldn't underestimate the space he makes for the midfield either. Teams are worried about his pace so drop off meaning we sometimes have a pocket to play in behind the midfield line.
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