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Onana and Højlund

For Andre Onana this was definitely one of his better performances today against Villa.

Højlund has finally found his scoring touch. I believe that's 5 goals in 6 matches or something like that ... Well done to him.

And finally for Harry Maguire , the numbers don't lie. When he starts , we often win.

comment by Elvis (U7425)

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

comment by Nickasaurus (U9257)
posted 3 hours, 10 minutes ago
Maguire was brilliant yesterday, said it at half time. Not a popular thing to say though is it so wont get the recognition
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It was a great comment.

How's that for recognition?

comment by Elvis (U7425)

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

comment by Clockwork Red: Amrabats in the Belfry (U4892)
posted 1 hour, 21 minutes ago
comment by Busby (U19985)
posted 1 minute ago
I honestly think just because he does the occasional step over and puts some bend on his crosses people see him as a great attacking full back.

He defends like TAA and attacks like Regulion.
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I certainly don't see him as great and generally prefer AWB when available.
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Yeh I think I prefer AWB too. Not much in it really though.

comment by Elvis (U7425)

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

comment by montleeds (U18330)
posted 1 hour ago
Also that slabhead guy had a good game.
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He gave Villa nightmares on set pieces. They couldn't handle him.

comment by Elvis (U7425)

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

On the OP, I am happy to see Onana playing better. Ultimately I don't think that he is the answer, but glad to see him doing at least ok.

Hojlund I am delighted for. There were a few on here saying that he was dreadful. Some saying we needed a senior striker ahead of him. And I believe one saying that he should be sent out on loan to develop. However, I was always of the opinion that there was a good player in there with the potential to be an excellent one. The lad has scored at every level he has played and now looks to have found that scoring form in the PL.

In the past I feel that we hampered the progress of Martial and Rashford, as strikers, by bringing in senior players - namely Lukaku and Zlatan. I really hope that we don't make the same mistake with Hojlund. If we do bring in another no.9 then is has to be someone that is coming in more as a squad player than a regular started. I think that we have made an excellent signing in Hojlund who needs to be playing regularly in his preferred position, if we are to see him improve his game and reach his ceiling.

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Personally think Dalot is getting better and we're seeing him go into midfield a lot more recently. We have to consider that he's been part of back fours that have been ever changing, he's sometimes been at LB and he's never had a steady partner in front of him to build up a relationship with on the pitch.

He's got a deceptive turn of pace, can go past people, defends his back post pretty well and can play both sides. He also strikes the ball really well, which is why he has a couple of worldies under his belt and is capable of producing crosses like the two excellent ones he delivered yesterday (the second of which led to the winning goal). He's also good technically and is at a good age where there's still room for him to develop and improve further. He's certainly winning me over and he's one that I'd certainly be keeping; he offers a much more well rounded profile than AWB.

comment by Elvis (U7425)

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

comment by BerbaKing11 (U6256)
posted 1 minute ago
Personally think Dalot is getting better and we're seeing him go into midfield a lot more recently. We have to consider that he's been part of back fours that have been ever changing, he's sometimes been at LB and he's never had a steady partner in front of him to build up a relationship with on the pitch.

He's got a deceptive turn of pace, can go past people, defends his back post pretty well and can play both sides. He also strikes the ball really well, which is why he has a couple of worldies under his belt and is capable of producing crosses like the two excellent ones he delivered yesterday (the second of which led to the winning goal). He's also good technically and is at a good age where there's still room for him to develop and improve further. He's certainly winning me over and he's one that I'd certainly be keeping; he offers a much more well rounded profile than AWB.
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Do you think he defends the back post well? Hmmm. Maybe is an area he has improved recently and I've not picked up on it, but historically I think its been a major weakness in his game.

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

comment by Elvis (U7425)
posted 44 seconds ago
comment by BerbaKing11 (U6256)
posted 1 minute ago
Personally think Dalot is getting better and we're seeing him go into midfield a lot more recently. We have to consider that he's been part of back fours that have been ever changing, he's sometimes been at LB and he's never had a steady partner in front of him to build up a relationship with on the pitch.

He's got a deceptive turn of pace, can go past people, defends his back post pretty well and can play both sides. He also strikes the ball really well, which is why he has a couple of worldies under his belt and is capable of producing crosses like the two excellent ones he delivered yesterday (the second of which led to the winning goal). He's also good technically and is at a good age where there's still room for him to develop and improve further. He's certainly winning me over and he's one that I'd certainly be keeping; he offers a much more well rounded profile than AWB.
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Do you think he defends the back post well? Hmmm. Maybe is an area he has improved recently and I've not picked up on it, but historically I think its been a major weakness in his game.
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I do (and so does Gary Neville!).

I think he's very quietly gone about improving some areas of his game defensively and we're seeing him given more responsibility moving into midfield now as well.

I think we maybe forget he's 24 years old and that players mature, become more confident, experienced, and improve their games. I think he's one that is on that upward trajectory and I really can't think of any attainable RB's in Europe right now that would be an instant improvement.

I would like to see him given the chance to make the position his own as part of a stable back four and with a regular RW in front of him that he can predictably dovetail with.

comment by Elvis (U7425)

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

comment by BerbaKing11 (U6256)
posted 3 minutes ago
comment by Elvis (U7425)
posted 44 seconds ago
comment by BerbaKing11 (U6256)
posted 1 minute ago
Personally think Dalot is getting better and we're seeing him go into midfield a lot more recently. We have to consider that he's been part of back fours that have been ever changing, he's sometimes been at LB and he's never had a steady partner in front of him to build up a relationship with on the pitch.

He's got a deceptive turn of pace, can go past people, defends his back post pretty well and can play both sides. He also strikes the ball really well, which is why he has a couple of worldies under his belt and is capable of producing crosses like the two excellent ones he delivered yesterday (the second of which led to the winning goal). He's also good technically and is at a good age where there's still room for him to develop and improve further. He's certainly winning me over and he's one that I'd certainly be keeping; he offers a much more well rounded profile than AWB.
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Do you think he defends the back post well? Hmmm. Maybe is an area he has improved recently and I've not picked up on it, but historically I think its been a major weakness in his game.
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I do (and so does Gary Neville!).

I think he's very quietly gone about improving some areas of his game defensively and we're seeing him given more responsibility moving into midfield now as well.

I think we maybe forget he's 24 years old and that players mature, become more confident, experienced, and improve their games. I think he's one that is on that upward trajectory and I really can't think of any attainable RB's in Europe right now that would be an instant improvement.

I would like to see him given the chance to make the position his own as part of a stable back four and with a regular RW in front of him that he can predictably dovetail with.
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Well I think that Garnacho has made that spot his own now, so he might well get that chance. I think that the fact Garnacho can come inside and go outside is ideal for Dalot, as he can ross from wide on the overlap, but also we have seen him underlapping (if that's the right word) in recent games. Fingers crossed they can develop an understanding.

comment by Ali - (U1192)

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Awb is honestly not better than dalot.

The only thing awb can do is defend 1 on 1. Other than that he's bang average, lower table standard.

Dalot is superior in every department apart from his ability to stop decent wingers going past him, something awb is probably the best in the world at.

posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Slightly unrelated, did anyone think yesterday's ref looked a bit like Dalot? There was a moment in the first half where there were some half-hearted appeals for a penalty against Dalot. The camera cut from Dalot to the ref and it was quite striking.

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