I'm not Nuno's biggest fan to be honest. I think he lacks pace and he's injury-prone. In the last few games though, other than a few mis-timed tackles in dangerous positions, he has been excellent in my opinion.
Baines is back fit again and overall is a far better option at left back but looking at our current form with Valente in the team do you think baines should have to wait to get back into the team or should he automatically replace Valente?
Looking at our next game against Portsmouth I have mixed feelings:
Valente could be exposed by Portsmouth's pace but Baines could get outdone in the air.
I feel as though at the moment that will be the only position Moyes isn't sure of for the next game.
Dave Trudgeon, Posted 26/11/2007 at 11:19:21
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1 Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:23:04
2 Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:27:43
3 Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:29:32
Ok! I think at the moment nuno and baines are at a similar level, that could change. One thing Moyes may think about in terms of selection is Valente’s European experience.
4 Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:29:14
Baines is the future and I think he will take over from Nuno in a few games time but Nuno defo deserves a run for his consistency.
I wouldn’t get rid of him. As a second or third choice left back he’s brilliant and at 1.5 million he wasn’t exactly breaking the bank.
5 Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:27:50
Sadly he is 33 and injury-prone now but I think that we should keep him here for at least an year more to mentor young Baines and be used as a back up
6 Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:36:16
Let’s face it, he’s Portuguese, so he was always going to be better going forward than he was a defender. Our previous style of play and personnel did not really encourage overlapping fullbacks, but times are changing and I think Nuno likes it.
I’m really pleased that so many players are hitting form, the morecompetition for places the more likely we are to progress in all the different competitions.
Well done Nuno, Osman and Carsley for reminding us that we have quality right through the side and aren’t completely reliant on the new purchases. I’m not going to start a debate about the transfer window just yet, but I’m really excited about what a couple of key buys might do for our club.
7 Posted 26/11/2007 at 15:05:06
I always hoped Nuno Valente would come good, because he is a classy player. Baines has all the makings, and injuries permitting, will be a great player. Moyes seems to be getting much better at juggling his squad and picking the right team (and subs) for the occassion, so let’s see how he handles this ’problem’.
One factor in all of this is how quickly Steve Pienaar has fitted in and added so much to our play in front of the left back. His goal was probably my pick of the 7 - we’ll miss him during the Africa Cup.
ps. NV is Jorge Nuno Valente, I think. So he’s a George - what do his mates call him?
8 Posted 26/11/2007 at 18:09:00
Baines is indeed the future but I still see a role for Nuno for a good few months if he can avoid injury.
One of his very best games was against Newcastle at home last season but he was the complete package on Saturday.
I sit very close to the edge of the pitch in the GS and he had the biggest grin in Goodison each time we scored. He loves the club and is very well thought of behind the scenes. Keep it up Nuno!
And now I’m going to destroy every shred of my credibility (if there is any) by saying that he also has gorgeous legs...................but that doesnt influence me.....really.
9 Posted 26/11/2007 at 18:35:08
When fit, he should be the number one left back choice, IMHO.
10 Posted 26/11/2007 at 19:48:37
11 Posted 26/11/2007 at 22:46:14
There you go, I am in the wrong job!
12 Posted 27/11/2007 at 00:35:47
A quality player who reads the game and plays with his brain.
Something we are not very used to anymore.
13 Posted 27/11/2007 at 16:31:14
Play them both, I say (Valente & Baines) ! Use Baines as a left winger & Valente as the left back (or the other way round, if you please). Pienaar then gets to play more central mid-field in place of Osman (even though that is a bit hard on the lad, given his current form).
14 Posted 24/12/2007 at 12:35:48