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  1. This is true but I think he is wasted there as he also has qualities on the ball, in crossing and in dribbling..full back gets the best out of all his qualities.
  2. I’m in two minds on whether we should keep him or try one more loan. In an ideal world of course I want us to recall him, replace Zappa and rotate/compete with Azpi. However realistically especially if Sarri stays (I think he will), we know he doesn’t rotate and that it is particularly hard to earn his trust especially as a young, inexperienced ‘newbie’ player. The reason i contemplate another loan (top 5 league, ideally PL, for reasons coming) is not because I think he needs it for his development. In fact he’s the perfect type of player who we *should* be able to recall and trus
  3. The 16/17 title win was great and memorable. Conte got the squad playing above where they should be. There are some slight similarities to Leicester’s title win (not saying they’re exactly the same of course) but a team who obviously no one would predict for the title, with no Europe and poor challengers. Like with Leicester’s team, yes, great achievement, but it hardly took a trained eye to critically analyse which players were top level, were important, were the main talents behind the run and which ones were playing above themselves, were just cogs in the team who tbh was a mat
  4. https://www.otib.co.uk/index.php?/topic/198945-jay-dasilva/& Looks like BC fans really rate him of late
  5. Mendy is tall at 6”1 but has been injured the majority of the season. His replacements this season have been Delph and Zinchenko. Walker is 5”10 and KDB is 5”11 - the latter is same height as Jorginho. If Liverpool’s full backs aren’t short than neither are our full backs given TAA and Robertson are the same height as Emerson and Azpi, respectively. If their midfield which has for the most part consisted of three of Milner (5”9), Wijnaldum (5”8), Henderson (5”11) or Keita (5”8) isn’t short than again, neither is ours. Fabinho does play more recently, but he adds a third ‘tall person’ just as
  6. City and Liverpool have a similar ‘issue’, they only field 2-3 tall players.
  7. That piece of play at the end for Giroud was world class.
  8. Good performance from him tonight. He is quite raw and occasionally sloppy at times but you can’t tell me he doesn’t have potential, that he’s any worse than Alonso (as other people have said on this forum on the Alonso thread) or that he doesn’t provide a clear difference to him. He should be given a run of games. There’s every chance he improved further with game tome. In fact give a run till end of the season. There’s a very slight possibility we may not need a new LB with Emerson and I’m keen to see how he does.
  9. Does anyone think a younger Mikel could have worked as a Jorginho back up? He would defo work in terms of he’s happy to be a squad player/not rotate and just play cup/Europa games unless Jorgi is injured. Not quite sure/or even remember if he had Jorgi’s ability to always look for the ball and awareness of those around him when building up play from our defensive third under press. He of course does have his ability of ball retention over 5-15 yards.
  10. Every team needs players like Azpi. He is limited offensively, but if we had proper attacking lb, if our midfielders created something and our attackers scored goals, Azpi limitations wouldnt be evident at all. ————————————— I do agree with this. I think if we had a LB who can truly pin down and own the left hand side Azpilicueta isn’t a problem. He is now but I’ll go into why I think he is.. At Napoli Hysaj was basically Azpi I believe, at times almost a 3rd CB while Ghoulam marauded forward. We tried that at the start of the season. Alonso did have almost wingback like freedom. Go
  11. Not sure on the accuracy of this, that is making rounds on Twitter, but it could well be roughly right based on his new contract. Disappointed but not surprised if true. The club and fans like to tie themselves down to ‘hard working’ mediocrity like Alonso:
  12. He has played the majority of games with Morata and Giroud who are good in the air. The likes of Emerson, Zappa and Azpi all have around twice the success rate playing with the same players. Last season he managed a pathetic two league assists as a wingback while Azpi managed 6, from crosses, to Morata. Alonso’s stats for crossing look bad because he’s bad at crossing, not all these excuses.
  13. Given Sarri doesn’t rotate even with talented players in reserve and Jorginho is literally *his* player, I don’t think there’s any chance there will be competition so to speak for Jorginho’s place, more so he replaces Fab as back up. I did question this - he basically seems overqualified as a back up player in a position we will not rotate, but then it’s still good for us we have such a good player in reserve, if not good for him.
  14. Liverpool and City have no issues with having a relatively small starting XI. For Liverpool only their CBs + Fabinho if he starts are aerial threats. For City it is literally just their CBs as aerial threats. I don’t think we lose that much defensively if we lose Alonso, Emerson has actually been quite strong positionally for aerial balls in an admittedly small sample size. For attacking set pieces Alonso is one of our players with a clear role in our routines, but hey, Emerson also brings many things to the team Alonso doesn’t in other areas.
  15. If this happens it would be a good move as he’s clearly a good and talented player. But to me I wonder why he’d go for the move, he’s clearly talented and could start at his pick of top clubs. Here he would be rotation player in a position Sarri barely rotates. Sarri already has a firm favourite who’s unlikely to be usurped for however long Sarri is here. I did think perhaps he’s just after the money, don’t know the circumstances into moving to Zenit but it well could have been a money move.
  16. Hes not given any Gs or As ————————- I believe he has 1 goal and 1 assist. I can understand why you’d look at it and think it’s not impressive but it’s a good example of stats do not tell the full story. At last check, 2-3 weeks ago, Reece had attempted 160 crosses and completed around 40 of them. This is crazy numbers - top PL full backs at the same point in time had attempted about 60 with a similar, even slightly lower success rate than Reece (other than Alonso who has a very poor success rate of below 10%). You can see in the figure I posted above he is in the division’s best (we
  17. Reece vs other Championship full backs
  18. A PL loan makes sense if he’s to a team that plays good stuff and will start every game. Wolves do play good stuff unlike the other teams Tammy was linked with but my feeling is he gets minimal game time so I don’t see it being beneficial. Selling him there does make sense as when Jiminez goes at the end of his loan Tammy is there to take his place. But as it stands Wolves play with one striker and Jiminez is doing well. They don’t have a good back up and sometimes use Traore up front. Abraham I feel is bridging that gap for them, and not coming in to start for them. But I may be wrong, a few
  19. I think if Emerson was starting every game at Leicester he’d probably look just as impressive. Just my feeling.
  20. A good player but why would we sign him to back up Jorginho, ie he’s way too talented for that in a position we will not rotate. If anything he probably has more potential than Jorginho.
  21. He is a good player but to me he has a similar skill set, potential and quality to Emerson. Should maybe aim for someone bit better.
  22. We haven’t been linked with him but should we ever get in the market for a new Lb (and we really should) this guy would probably be top of the list for a realistic option. Many rate him as the next best elite left back, he appears to have all the strengths you’d want from a modern LB - pace, strength, dribbling ability, crossing, and playmaking ability. If we were to go for a LB I’m sure many would agree the gold standard would be to get an Alex Telles or Sandro and keep Alonso/Emerson as back up. However failing that I wonder if this guy would be a ‘next best’ type of signing, who
  23. What do you guys think on him in midfield? I still think his future is at CB but he has improved in a midfield role. However I still find it interesting people see him as a Fabregas/Jorginho player..to me he’s like a destroyer in midfield, strong, aggressive. Still good defensively. One interesting note is that a lot of people point to his Wales performances as why he should play in midfield. Although he’s had some top performances for them he has also had 1-2 weak performances for Wales that got brushed over. Might seem very harsh to bring it up against a young player but it
  24. Interestingly he played CM tonight for Wigan in FA Cup vs West Brom. Top performance there as well apparently, Wigan fans are literally in love with him. little clip from the game:
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