Not a Closet Sp**s Fan
Reminds me so much of Özil. Yes he's obviously not there yet cause when Özil came here he was in his prime. But the way he is involved in ball retention in the deeper areas really takes me back to Özil.
He was fantasticHe didn't stand out much to me in this game, but he does seem to really help us control matches and especially in his ability to retain & recycle possession in the top third of the pitch.
There was one great moment when we were rocking near the end of the match - the team was too flat and deep and he chased the ball like a mad man whilst yelling at the midfield to push up the pitch. He doesn't hide and he tries to lead. I think he's important to this team now. I want to see even more from him though.
Despite giving up the ball cheaply in our own half at times, he made the right decision nearly every time that he received the ball on the counterattack or between the lines, which helped our attacks become more dangerous. Got 2 preassists on ESR and Saka goals. The one-touch pass to Auba also helped set up a goal-scoring opportunity. Really excited because this guy's only gonna get better from here.