Bily has tweeted today that it's bollocks that he wants to leave. Respect to him for coming straight out and saying so.
Craig Taylor, Posted 27/02/2011 at 14:01:09
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1 Posted 27/02/2011 at 14:45:36
Bily has been here over a year and a half now ? how long does he need to make an impression? I hope I'm wrong but I don't think it's going to happen for him here ? and with money at dire straits level, at least we would probably fetch £4/5 million for a fairly young Russian international.
2 Posted 27/02/2011 at 14:52:00
3 Posted 27/02/2011 at 15:03:34
4 Posted 27/02/2011 at 15:46:46
Moyes: "He's not a winger. I know, let's play him out wide left".
5 Posted 27/02/2011 at 16:27:29
Or even when TImmy is injured, instead of lumping Fella or Rodders there, why not try BIly?
And what I mean by 'try' is at least one half of a game instead of 5-10 mins cameo in that role
Just a thought.
6 Posted 27/02/2011 at 17:47:14
7 Posted 27/02/2011 at 19:08:32
8 Posted 27/02/2011 at 19:58:35
9 Posted 27/02/2011 at 20:57:06
Most involve Billy playing/shooting/scoring through the centre of the park, as mentioned on the thread previously.
Throughout his career (club & international) so far he's averaged a goal almost ever 4 games.
Its an old saying but form is temporary, class in permanent and in my opinion Billy is class but he needs time on the pitch. DM seems to have the opinion that because he can't slot in and play exactly like Pienaar that he's not up to it, complete bollocks, Billy is a different kind of player and as such we should play to his strengths. He makes some intelligent runs that rarely seem to be noticed, his downfall is probably that he seems to be quiet on the pitch, he needs to start dishing out some bollockings and make people give him the ball.
I think Beckford would benefit from Billy playing more reguarly, Billy is more inclined to play a through ball or a low cross to the front post which JB would thrive on.
Osman in for the rest of the season then...(who to be fair played well at the weekend, but Sunderland were beyond poor).
10 Posted 27/02/2011 at 21:09:58
His crossing is brilliant on par with Baines in my opinion.
When he cuts inside ou can see other teams players shit themselves when he starts them step-overs but he does lack the pace on the wing.
He has plenty of good attributes to contribute to the team; I think if people stop seeing him as a winger and more of a "inside left" then you can see what sort of position he is supposed to play.
11 Posted 28/02/2011 at 01:13:47
12 Posted 28/02/2011 at 01:35:27
13 Posted 28/02/2011 at 02:10:49
14 Posted 28/02/2011 at 02:31:48
When Baines gets forward, Bily just gets out of his way and comes inside. That little passage of play where he volleyed Cahill's layoff wide showed just how that can work. When we attack down the right (I know, doesn't happen too often) he's straight into the far post.
We don't have many players who can score from nothing so I'd like to see him in the side. Start him left and let him drift as he sees fit... he's got one of the best in the business providing the width down that side so it's no great loss to the structure of the team. It just makes us a little less predictable.
15 Posted 28/02/2011 at 05:16:02
Matteo #10, I agree he sees passes nobody else in the team is smart enough to see, and so fail to get on the end of, so it makes Bily look at fault.
16 Posted 28/02/2011 at 05:33:38
17 Posted 28/02/2011 at 08:52:45
Is it too much to expect a 4-3-3? Beckford and Saha up top, Bily just off them, with Coleman, Fellani Arteta behind and Baines as ever providing width on the left.
We need to find out before the end of the season if Bily can fit in consistently at the club; if not then he goes and we bring Rodwell to the fore.
18 Posted 28/02/2011 at 09:35:05
Any attacking/midfield link position, carried out by Cahill currently, has in Moyes's set-up to be a battler as well as a goalscorer and that's why Cahill is in, and to some extent Osman or Fellaini as reserve before Bily gets a look in, purely as Bily is a poor tackler.
One might say Ossie isn't so good either but the lad has shown on numerous occasions that he creates far more to the team in that forward/midfield role than as a wide player.
In fact, Moyes's constant dilemma is that he has a squad full of central midfield players ? even Donovan would contribute more as a central player.
19 Posted 28/02/2011 at 11:28:59
I strongly believe we need 4 midfielders who can chase the runners, get goal side, and put a foot in at the right time. That leaves just 2 places in the team for attack-minded players (an Bily is included with these). Whether we play 1 up and one in behind, or 2 up, it doesn't matter... Bily is a liability when played in the midfield 4.
To be honest, as long as Saha is fit, we have to keep Beckford in the starting line-up. Saha is by far our most talented player, and Beckford needs him to have any kind of a game. As and when he's not fit to play, I say drop Beckford and stick Cahill up on his own, with Bily behind him. It would be a good partnership in my opinion.
Bottom line is, he's a luxury player who can do something a bit special at times. You can't play him in a position that requires a defensive mind when we're not in posession. In a nutshell, I'd describe him as a bit of a McFadden type player.... no great strenght in his physical ability, but can score a stunner every now and then.
20 Posted 28/02/2011 at 13:14:04
Bily has a role to play in this team. And, as Drew #3 pointed out, this guy has been a model pro since he joined. He scores regularly at International level and DM needs to start playing the lad in a more central role, where skill, guile and craft are more important than pace down the wing.
21 Posted 28/02/2011 at 13:53:47
He did not mention in the interview, what he regarded as the players best position, but surely Moyes must have had words with the lad on this subject? But Moyes does have a habit of playing players out of thier comfort zone. The player has been here long enough to have had time to bed in.
22 Posted 01/03/2011 at 01:17:18
Rodwell is a centre-back played out of position in central midfield.
Bily is an 'inside left' played out of position on the wing.
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