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1 Posted 01/09/2019 at 21:37:33
2 Posted 01/09/2019 at 21:50:32
3 Posted 01/09/2019 at 22:40:14
He looked great today; a true link man who was making things tick and showing leadership even when not on the ball. Him and Gomes can really make a 4-2-3-1 hugely effective.
4 Posted 02/09/2019 at 02:30:24
6 Posted 02/09/2019 at 04:04:30
I can't agree with your rating for Digne who I thought had his worst game in a blue shirt and was directly responsible for their 2 goals.
I thought it was between Delph and Richarlison for MotM with Sigurdsson running them close.
I think a lot of people underestimated Kean's contribution today. It wasn't a great debut but he kept 3 defenders occupied, giving space for Iwobi, Sigurdsson and Richarlison to work.
7 Posted 02/09/2019 at 04:42:47
Paul, I like your reports but I find myself often disagreeing with your ratings. Gomes had a poor first half half so 8 is OTT for me. Iwobi was much better and his 7 is a surprise. Digne a curate's egg in this game with some significant contributions but led a merry dance by Traore so 8 surprises me, especially given Delph (MotM for me) gets only 7.
8 Posted 02/09/2019 at 06:05:44
9 Posted 02/09/2019 at 09:08:54
10 Posted 02/09/2019 at 09:45:44
No doubting Digne is a quality footballer who has set such high standards for himself but he did mess up for both goals, though redeemed himself with setting up the 3rd.
Calvert-Lewin 6 for 15 mins whilst Kean only gets a 5. It's obvious where our weakness is in the team. We are relying on Kean an awful lot this year. I thought the signs were very promising: his movement is good and he looks a threat.
11 Posted 02/09/2019 at 10:12:02
Gomes was fairly anonymous in the first hour but picked up late on when he made some vital interventions to disrupt the Wolves attack. Delph was superb again building on his form at Lincoln. He was the midfielder who kept the play flowing and marshalling the team when we lost possession. Finally, we have a worthy replacement for Gareth Barry; providing he stays fit of course.
Moise Kean is learning just how hard it is to make an impact in central positions with defenders marking tightly. The Italian's time will come but in the immediate future I would not be surprised to see Calvert-Lewin start the next two games with Kean coming off the bench for the final half-hour.
12 Posted 02/09/2019 at 10:47:46
13 Posted 02/09/2019 at 11:48:35
For both goals he was at fault it shouldn't be glossed over.
As for Gomes scoring higher than Delph... madness.
What stuck out for me was our effort and application every single man put in a shift, the prime example being Richarlison. Say what you like about Silva but the players play for him alright.
Just sours me watching the forward lines of Arsenal and Spurs yet we have Calvert-Lewin and an unproven 19-year-old Italian kid. The gulf in class in terms of firepower will hold us back AGAIN this season. So frustrating it hasn't been addressed again by Brands & Silva.
14 Posted 02/09/2019 at 12:40:32
Gomes and Delph is looking like a quality partnership, but there's a worry about strength in depth if either gets injured.
Still feel that the defense (minus Pickford, who is looking the real deal) is susceptible to crosses and the long throws won't go unnoticed by up and coming opposition, so that needs addressing quickly.
15 Posted 02/09/2019 at 12:51:43
Yes, he gets lots of free-kicks but he also lost the ball on numerous occasions trying to be clever or trying to take on too many men.
He is definitely a great player but I thought his overall play was quite poor yesterday.
16 Posted 02/09/2019 at 14:27:06
One thing which is obvious from yesterday and which is going to take some time to change is the manner in which we use the long ball. Without Calvert-Lewin, it simply keeps coming back. We need to keep the ball on the floor and given what Calvert-Lewin has given the team by way of a long ball option over the past 15 or so games; this will take time to develop and perfect.
Looking forward to continued improvement during the month of September.
17 Posted 02/09/2019 at 17:30:58
My only disagreement would be about the referee, who I think is one of the worst. Why wasn't VAR consulted when Coleman was clearly pulled back in the penalty area off the ball?
Brave of you to, once again, give player ratings. I see that I am not alone in rating Delph higher than 7. I also thought it was a close call between Delph and Richarlison for MotM.
However, despite my observations, I am in no way criticising you, as you were at the match whilst I was only watching on an Internet stream.
19 Posted 02/09/2019 at 23:25:38
If he can stay fit, im looking forward to seeing him link up with Digne and Iwobi/Bernard down the left. He really gives us another dimension in midfield.
20 Posted 05/09/2019 at 15:38:04
For the ratings I would have given Fabian Delph an 8. It's been said before, let's hope he stays fit.
As for Moise Kean, a lot hasn't quite come off, like his shot on the post. But it'll come. I'd given him a 6 for sheer perseverance.
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