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Perfect Xhaka Opinions
Surprised this thread isn't higher up, thought he was very good today. Quietly improving...
hope he is rested vs FulhamI quite happy he gone 3 games in space of a week without having injury troubles in last 2 games he easily dominate the midfield we in desperate need for right partner he in his peak years and can go 5 at least more season with same level.
I like the way you slid Saliba in there on the sly, very good possibly could have snuck Balogun too, just sayin.Only wish this guy was a bit younger. Would have been perfect if he was like 24/25, would fit in better with the timeline of Saka, ESR, Martinelli, Gabriel, Saliba and Tierney.
World class player, understood why he's been criticised recently but class is permanent.
He is definitely as holding midfielder though. I really want to see him as a lone pivot next season, with more passing options ahead of him. Its why although I really like Bissouma, I'm not sure he'd be the best option for us, we need midfielders in the number 8 mold, we currently don't really have anyone that can do that. A younger version of someone like Wijnaldum or Ramsey would be class.
This is the conversation AM hasn't been having for the past 8 months. He isn't Yaya or PV4, imo he's a Fernandinho. Just because he can make some excellent forward passes doesn't mean he's not a holding midfielder.
Also go look at his stats and who they're similar to, it's Yves Bissouma, who plays as the deepest midfielder for Brighton.
Think about Utd's midfield right now with Pogba and Bruno, pretty much universal agreement that what it needs is a McTominay/Fred upgrade. Frankly they should have bought Partey last summer. Now their fans want Bissouma. Partey/Bissouma plus Pogba and Bruno is a complete midfield. We have one of those elements, maybe the AM if we get Ödegaard or someone else. What we don't have is a Pogba. There's a good argument that that's the type of CM we need.
At 28 you're either a good player or not. Talented is for young players. You don't call a player knocking on 30 talented. He needs to be delivering. Not potential not anything. Performances. And he hasn't delivered this season.He's talented but continues to kill our possessions with weird long range attempts and he hasn't earned enough good will like Alexis did a few years back to get away with killing our attack