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  1. yorch44

    yorch44 Well-Known Member

    I played CM at some level and one way you can watch the level of one players is watching how often he looks to the sides, the more constantly they look around the best the player is. That tells you the players is watching constantly for teammates and the opposition. That they are thinking in future. Watching a player at 17 doing that so often tells a lot about him.

    Last player I watch doing that was Lampard and he has a very very high IQ in football and in real life.
  2. Pastore

    Pastore Member

    Only forward pass he made in that video was a horrible pass to ESR.
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  3. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant and Believer-In-Chief

    The last time you saw a CM looking around during a game was Lampard?:lol:
  4. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    He can do better IMO.
  5. Relic

    Relic Well-Known Member

    ESR makes some intelligent runs off the ball, I was watching his movement a lot, even when the ball was no where near him. Also has that abilty to drag players with him creating gaps for others to exploit.
  6. AbouCuéllar

    AbouCuéllar Well-Known Member

    Who was shocking?

    I've always liked John-Jules and Arteta is said to rate him but Nketiah (and Nketiah evolution Balogun) were far more prolific goal scorers at youth level.
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  7. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    I’m unsure how regular football has taken on the narrative of every week but I don’t think the former is an unreasonable expectation of himself. Many here think he should be content with being a utility squad player which is somewhat amusing.
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  8. Let's play Aubamawang

    Let's play Aubamawang Well-Known Member

    Excellent post as always! So insightful.

    It's a shame the season ended when it did, because I thought the Liverpool game did wonders for his confidence, but maybe it helped that we were counter-attacking all game rather than controlling the ball. If anyone can help him get past whatever it is holding him back, I'm sure Arteta and (hopefully) Bergkamp can.

    I would sell Nketiah if it meant giving Balogun minutes, but otherwise there's little sense in selling right now as he's a good rotational player. Agree on Willock though, other than a really nice goal or two, I haven't seen enough to convince me he can really impact games in PL. Maybe he's better further back, rather than AM? Who knows at this point?
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  9. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant and Believer-In-Chief

    Nelson's only 29 but it just feels like times running out for him here.

    It's never felt like he's really taken any of the chances he's had here.
  10. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    Nice goal he scored. Was watching highlights and his header was very impressive.
  11. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Yes, it was a great header. He's a very good defender IMO, good reader of the game and dominant aerially. Injuries the only thing preventing him.

    I don't think he's had as many chances as people have said, but he hasn't really taken the few he's been given and looking at the competition for places, he won't be handed chances on a silver platter so he has to take them. Not quite an issue of time, but plans can change quickly.

    The Liverpool game was proof that Nelson can contribute against a strong team. Liverpool had a full strength team and despite already winning the league, they still had an extra side quest they were aiming for, so it was not an easy game by any stretch. Nelson's performance was still lacking in pure intensity and I wasn't overwhelmed but he scored the winning goal, so that will have helped. Indeed, his performance against Watford off the bench was much more like the Reiss Nelson from when he was the main man for the U23s. Taking on his man, looking for crosses and shots, getting involved etc. It's only a friendly today but I would still like to see a bit more from him even in these games. He needs to take any chance to impress that he can get.

    RE Nketiah and Willock, it's a hard one with Eddie. I am always reluctant to write him off and he grew on me so much initially that I would find it really hard to let him go. He has a higher ceiling than most think but he's one of a handful that do who are already at the club. I think for around the same we're getting for AMN if not more, I'd negotiate - but not this Summer IMO. Willock's a weird player though - huge upside but no idea how he should be used in the grand scheme. A player with his body strength, ability to dribble and win duels should ideally be a very good player but he's not quite synced his game together yet. I feel he needs a fixed position/role to sink his teeth into.
  12. balthazar

    balthazar Well-Known Member

    Eboue knows korean? Man is a genius
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  13. balthazar

    balthazar Well-Known Member

    only two years ago Nelson was considered to be on par with Sancho.. :(
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  14. Highbury_2006

    Highbury_2006 Village Idiot

    Is there any explanation for the absence of Lacazette, Sokratis, Bellerin, Luiz, Torreira and Pepe in the squad today? Guendouzi and Özil are parasites we want to get rid of, Kolasinac apparently had a baby today or during the night, Willian is probably not completely fit after being injured at the end of the last season while Martinez is in quarantine so there are explanations regarding those players.
  15. Symbia

    Symbia Active Member

    Really missed Eboue, such a funny dude.
    Was even nodding his head as if he unserstood every single word from the manager.
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  16. yorch44

    yorch44 Well-Known Member

    That often at that age, yeah so don't be a silly goose
  17. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    I know 2020 aged us all but Reiss sounds like he’s had it bad
  18. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    I don’t think it’s altogether surprising when he’s only had one game for 90 minutes in the league out of 18 appearances. Across those 18, he’s averaged only 28 minutes as an impact sub at AM, CM, LW, RW & RB in various systems/formations.

    Not to say he can’t do better but yesterday for example, I felt he barely put a foot wrong and showed that technically (controlling the ball with either foot), physically (standing tackle/winning the ball without diving in) and mentally (guiding some of the younger players making their first appearance), he’s got some really useful tools.

    He needs, like Reiss, a pattern of regular football in a designated role. It’s a luxury we afforded the likes of Guendouzi and to a lesser extent Nketiah who put in a string of simply okayish performances.

    Neither have ever really had it in men’s football and I think both would benefit from a loan if they aren’t going to get it next season.
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  19. Taneruit

    Taneruit Well-Known Member

    Lacazette, Sokratis and Torreira are all three in transfer talks so that may be why. Bellerin, Luiz and Pepe were just not needed (IMO).

    Honestly, the bigger mystery to me was why AMN was playing, but I assume Arteta really wanted to go with a back 3 for some... reason..?
  20. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Liverpool on Saturday?
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