He missed numerous passes and runs. He hit a decent pass to Saka there with yards of space, which should be routine for any PL midfielder. If that’s the type of pass that amazes you, then I’m not surprised you’re happy with Xhaka. Saka’s quick turn and incisive pass finding Auba’s run made that goal. I won’t take Xhaka’s pre-pre-assist there away though.
I agree that we are relying on him to transition from defense to attack. What I’m saying is that he does a poor job. A big reason that we struggle against West Ham, even with Xhaka making barn burning passes like that to Saka.
Our frontline is constantly making dynamic moves and a play is frequently on that Xhaka opts to cycle possession because he is incapable of making the right pass. It stunts our attack constantly. It happened over and over vs West Ham. It especially kills the counter.
You have no idea what you're talking about. Xhaka sent specifically Auba away a few times, as for the strawmen you can leave them at the door. Let's address what I actually said, shall we?
I never said he "amazes me", stop being dishonest. If you noticed I gave Saka enormous praise multiple times for his game winning performance. The fact remains that Xhaka finding him early allowed him to find Auba and the rest is history.
All you have to do is watch a Xhaka highlight reel specifically of him vs West Ham in the second half and you see time after time incisive and high tempo play, which often lead to dangerous positions for us.