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  1. Aidan

    Demarai Gray

    Has the most shot ending (10) and goal ending (3) carries in the league so far this season and averages the third highest average carry distance (14m) A player we've needed for a long, long time.
    4 points
  2. Cisk

    Salomón Rondón

    He's improving - I think he'll come good and score an important goal or two this season when needed. Think his role is going to be a super sub for us.
    3 points
  3. London Blue

    Salomón Rondón

    He is a cheap back up who the manager has worked with before and trusts, no more, no less.
    2 points
  4. My favourite part of it was Doucoure sending three of their players the wrong way, which created the opportunity to put it into Townsend's path.
    2 points
  5. Matt

    Andros Townsend

    Well I'm happy being proven wrong so far. Long may it continue!
    2 points
  6. Matt

    Demarai Gray

    He really has been. Just goes to show what good coaching can do. I bet Leicester fans are sick watching him perform so well. It does worry me that his mental balance seems to be frail though. I hope his chin doesn't drop, but when he inevitably does hit a poor spell of form, it will be interesting to see how he recovers. Meanwhile, I'm loving watching him.
    2 points
  7. Aidan

    Rafael Benitez

    I'm pleased with how much more tactically astute he is compared to Ancelotti. Substitutions and changes of system are much more effective and we offer much more in transition than last year. We look so much more balanced even with recent injuries.
    1 point
  8. They look like they'll be this season's Leeds
    1 point
  9. Hafnia

    Rafael Benitez

    Half the problem with our club is sentimental bollocks..... Clapping kenwright for years despite poor ownership/ mismanagement, ex players getting jobs for the boys, managers getting leniency cos they are nice. Rafa is a proper coach, he's not arsed about popularity like the ones who have their mates spinning shit at talksport (Bruce, Allardyce, pardew), doesn't try and win the journalists over. I said a while back, he's exactly what the club and some fans need. A fresh no nonsense perspective.
    1 point
  10. I reckon they'll stay up comfortably this season.
    1 point
  11. Matt

    Harry Souttar

    I trust your judgement usually (well, football-wise at least ) and you're not usually this positive, so I'll take it as a good sign!
    1 point
  12. Not at Watford it isn’t! They’re in talks with Ranieri to replace him so they must want to be relegated! Still amazes me that he won the league with Leicester because he’s terrible.
    1 point
  13. RuffRob

    Andros Townsend

    Apparently Ronaldo gave Townsend his shirt after the match. So also very much respected by other players.
    1 point
  14. msloan78

    Demarai Gray

    I work with a load of Leicester fans, and from the get go their opinion has been that he'll have 1 worldy and then go missing for 2 mths. Happy ramming it down their throats.
    1 point
  15. msloan78

    Andros Townsend

    Good attitude, and genuinely recognises the opportunity he has been presented. Said he'd work hard every day to get in the team, and has backed himself. Other's have said it, but seems be such a good role model for some of the younger lads.
    1 point
  16. msloan78

    Rafael Benitez

    Id say if they're muscular injuries, its probably that they're being worked harder and playing with a greater intensity than we have for a long time, and that takes a period of physical adaptation. That and just being unlucky with some injuries like DCL/Richy.
    1 point
  17. badaids

    Rafael Benitez

    Rafa has got in the players heads, he’s got them working hard, understanding an effective system and their individual places in it, and got them believing in themselves. It sounds simple but we haven’t had that since Martínez season 1. Even if you don’t like Rafa you’ve got to respect that. We were 10cm off top position yesterday. Long season to go but he’s worked a miracle so far.
    1 point
  18. RuffRob

    Salomón Rondón

    is this incite on your extensive Rondon knowledge or just what you have seen this last few weeks when he's not be fit, but has been willing do get on the pitch when not in the best shape? ( it not long ago we had a player who wasn't prepared to do that!!!) So no point in giving a fair crack at the whip then? and just put him in the Delph box straight away is it? I will give every player, whether I was for or against his original transfer, a chance to show what he can do for the club.
    1 point
  19. London Blue

    Andros Townsend

    Stay positive, we can't worry about the things we cant influence. As you say here and now is where life is lived.😉
    1 point
  20. London Blue

    Andros Townsend

    I was initially against signing him, but what a revelation he has been. Given a chance to showcase his attacking skills, with his determination and energy. I also love his attitude and character, fast becoming one of my favourite players.
    1 point
  21. Romey 1878

    Andros Townsend

    I'll always be happy to be wrong in this way. It's when you think a player is going to be great and they're shite that it's a kick in the bollocks .
    1 point
  22. London Blue

    Tom Davies

    How do we know if he is a premier league player unless he plays regularly for a premier league team 🤔 There has been interest for him from premier league teams.
    1 point
  23. RuffRob

    Salomón Rondón

    I agree, so unfair to be giving him belters before he has had the opportunity to get fit and settle in. I am pretty sure none of us studied the finer points of Rondon's game in that much detail before he arrived at Everton. I would like to see him when he's settled in and fit before making any sort of judgement on him in the role of back up striker. To stronger preconceived opinions can have a habit of biting you in the arse!!
    1 point
  24. It is what it is, Rondon is clearly not fit yet and for those saying why bring him in then I think the answer is the FFP restrictions we are under Ellsi Simms was pictured with a protective boot around his ankle this week which is why he never made the squad yesterday . So that leaves Rafa with the choice of trying to play Rondon back to fitness or throwing Lewis Dobbin in at the deep end and while he looks a great prospect I don’t think he has the experience or the physical attributes to be playing as a loan target man at this stage of his career Personally I thought he looked an excellent player at Newcastle and as as Haf says the Geordies loved him so he must have been doing something right, if he can get back to that level when fit then I think we will have a very useful squad player on our hands, if he doesn’t he will soon be out of the door and as a free transfer on a short term contract I think he is worth the gamble
    1 point
  25. Newcastle fans are notoriously tough to please regarding forwards..... They loved him..... Only scored 11 in 32 games but they loved him. Rafa has managed him twice and brought him here, based on what I've seen from Rafa so far I fully trust his decision. So yeah, I'll wait till Rondon gets fit before I write him off.
    1 point
  26. Shukes

    Demarai Gray

    This lad is a joy to watch. Pace, good feet, and an end product. Unbelievable for the price we paid!
    1 point
  27. MC11

    Salomón Rondón

    Watched him at West Brom & Newcastle. He’s Victor Anichebe MK2 (when fit). Average at his best but will get a goal here and there. I wasn’t expecting anything else tbh squad filler.
    1 point
  28. Romey 1878

    Demarai Gray

    Our reluctance to bring in pace, and directness with that pace, has been baffling.
    1 point
  29. London Blue

    Tom Davies

    A decision born out of a lack of confidence, needs the team, manager and fans to help him get his confidence back. Pitty as he had played a few nice pass's before that.
    1 point
  30. RuffRob

    Salomón Rondón

    I don't think you could have put an equally as unfit Ellis (possibly) or 18 year old Dobbin in to a game like this today. I believe Benitez went with putting Rondon on for his experience and positioning and occupying of centre backs as a presence rather being the player that would spear head any sort of counter attack or relay on razor sharp finishing. Others in the team will have been responsible for the speed of effective counter attacking. A inexperienced youngster striker may not be as disciplined as Rondon in executing Benitez tactics and game plan. Which I am guessing why Rondon got the nod. In the end we where only a few centimetres or one too many passes off famous victory - so hard to say Benitez should have gone with somebody else given the end result. It is quite mouth watering thinking of a fit DCL spearheading this team.
    1 point
  31. As many have mentioned, today was a team performance (bar one). Pickford had a pretty easy time of it, surprisingly, although his save in the first half was very good. That was as good as a goal. The defence was excellent. Mina is solid, and Keane did well today. (Some have said he has no ability, but he does; he's a confidence guy.) Digne made some really smart steals today, which I enjoyed. He played Cavani onside, though, in the first half; very careless. Godfrey is not yet his former self, but he has a good sense of positioning, and his determination shows. Allan is so underrated. You don't hear his name mentioned so much, but watching play reveals just how important he is to the team. On another day, he would be my MotM. Doucoure is having a good run of games, and he didn't deserve that yellow card at all. Gordon surprised me today. In his last two appearances, he's lacked confidence and been a light-weight. Today he came into his own, and I hope he gets a run of games instead of Iwobi. Townsend faded in and out of the game at times. He did have some good spells, though, and his goal was well taken. I won't spoil this review by saying anything about Rondon (have written it elsewhere). The clear MotM, though, was Gray. The guy was full of energy and creativeness. He had no right to win and keep control of the ball on the left that led to our goal. But that was just one of many occasions when he caused United trouble. They struggled to contain him, and he was creating space for other players all the time. How does the team change when injured players are back? DC-L walks back in as centre forward, of course, but who does Richarlison replace? The obvious answer is Gordon, but I'd like to see the latter given more playing time. Personally, I'd replace Townsend, despite his recent goals, and use him to replace on 60 minutes whomever is having an off day. How did Benitez perform? I worry a little about his lack of substitutions until late in games, although today the principle was "if it's not broke, don't fix it." There's no way I would have taken off Gray. Bringing on Dobbin earlier would have been nice, and I'd like to see Whitaker given a chance (his record this season is impressive). The really positive thing that Benitez did, though, was approach Tom Davies after the game and give him a genuine smile of encouragement. That was very nice to see.
    1 point
  32. c1982

    Andros Townsend

    I’m so proud that he’s a Blue. He’s just a sound bloke - much like Calvert-Lewin, he comes across so well in interviews and I’m delighted that he’s representing our club.
    1 point
  33. Romey 1878

    Tom Davies

    He definitely should have shot, but if he'd shot and not scored then he gets stick for that too. When a goal isn't scored in that situation then I think he's damned either way.
    1 point
  34. Cornish Steve

    Salomón Rondón

    And that was when he was at the peak of his career.
    -1 points
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