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I felt he's not done much in the last couple of games but think he really missed Richarilson.

The key to our success in those first 4 games was Richarlison making runs coming off the left wing and James often picking him out.  Even when he wasn't picking him out he was causing a lot of work for their defenders and helping to open things for others.

With no Richarilson no one really replaced that running.  the Sigurdson & Gomes game gave Rodridugez nothing while against Man Utd at least with Bernard and Digne working together there was something to aim at but nothing like the pacey runs that Richarilson gives.

It's pretty clear from these last 3 games how much we need him as we really struggle to produce the same performances without him in the team.  No one does a similar job really even to a a lower standard.  Gordon could hopefully do that at some point but isn't trusted with it at the moment.

Looking forward to seeing him back next week against a shite Fulham side with hopefully a more fit James.

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6 hours ago, Bailey said:

He was fit enough to play 90 minutes for Colombia this weekend and is due to play again tomorrow.

They played him for 90min, doesn't mean he was fit enough to play that much. Had a poor game by all accounts, so maybe not 100% yet. 

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15 minutes ago, Palfy said:

I haven’t been impressed with him in the last few games, is lack of creativity is highlighting how poor his work rate is for me, you can forgive a player for lack of effort to win the ball back if they are creating or scoring goals but he isn’t doing that. 

He was creating plenty today and had a goal disallowed, I think he’s fine.  The issues been with defense for me.  

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43 minutes ago, markjazzbassist said:

He was creating plenty today and had a goal disallowed, I think he’s fine.  The issues been with defense for me.  

It has been about defence undoubtedly and he has his part to play in that, but he seems to not put much weight into that, which as I said would be acceptable if what he was doing going the other way was winning us games like in his first few games. 

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He is what he is. He is never going be a hard working player unless an opponent is standing on him.

But I would say that for the most part, when he had the ball he looked like he could create things. He did put in a few sublime balls that didn’t end up as anything, more because of decisions from others than himself.

We need him on the pitch as he can create in a second. We don’t have others that can do that.  What’s more important is putting the right players around him.

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He was the problem against Fulham but not this week. Their keeper made 8 saves so he at least helped us make some of those chances. Found space and opened them up a few times. 

Our best chance fell to Doucoure who should have scored. But I'd lay more blame on Richarlison who was their best defender fucking up our attacks by over running it, snapping at his shots, or in general just making bad decision after bad decision. 

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There is a big difference from the start of the season in what we have around him. 
We had Coleman protecting him from behind, we had Doucoure protecting him from the inside, both of them were giving him options to pass to and link up with. We also had Gomes on the left looking to switch play to him in space. All of this has stopped. 
Yet somehow, he still manages to show quality. He was involved in goals at Fulham and could have been yesterday too. 
Right now I’d dread to see us play without him. 

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13 hours ago, StevO said:

There is a big difference from the start of the season in what we have around him. 
We had Coleman protecting him from behind, we had Doucoure protecting him from the inside, both of them were giving him options to pass to and link up with. We also had Gomes on the left looking to switch play to him in space. All of this has stopped. 
Yet somehow, he still manages to show quality. He was involved in goals at Fulham and could have been yesterday too. 
Right now I’d dread to see us play without him. 

I agree with most of that but he is and always has been a luxury player. We lose half a flank if he doesn’t have someone doing his defensive and that’s not a luxury we can cater for at the moment. 

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He provided a lot more this week than against Fulham.

He is and will always be a luxury player to some extent.  If we had more possession I think he'd do a good job controlling attacks in the middle and we saw that in those early games.  When we don't have much of the ball he doesn't have as much involvement apart from to create chances on quick attacks.

In that sense he did pretty well:

3 shots (2 on target)

5 key passes

2 dribbles

Fouled 3 times

8 Crosses (though only 3 considered accurate - assume that includes corners/free kicks)

4 out of 7 successful long balls

He also had 46, more passes than anyone else in the team .

On the downside  he was disspossed 4 times.

He took that offside chance beautifully and also had a few decent bits of attacking involvement.

He won't charge around winning the ball back and making darting runs like Richarlison and we have to accept that.  

 

I've found as a team we've looked very flat recently, in early games Richarlison seemed to be making really good runs forward that James was picking out, We seems to look a bit short on that at the moment and the balls he's playing have been much more speculative in a lot of instances.

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In fact, if you delve a little closer at the quality of the chances. His shots were had a 6% total chance of going in from that position and his open play key passes led to 8% chance of a goal. 

As a comparison DCL and Iwobi each had 4% chance and Allan 17% chance. 

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7 hours ago, Matt said:

I agree with most of that but he is and always has been a luxury player. We lose half a flank if he doesn’t have someone doing his defensive and that’s not a luxury we can cater for at the moment. 

I agree, we need the midfield three so that Doucoure can cover James’ side of the pitch for me. 
As much as he is a luxury we can’t cater for, he also brings creativity that we can’t afford to be without. 

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1 hour ago, StevO said:

I agree, we need the midfield three so that Doucoure can cover James’ side of the pitch for me. 
As much as he is a luxury we can’t cater for, he also brings creativity that we can’t afford to be without. 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to drop him but I think for a game or two, having him come on for the last 30 would hopefully give us time to be more stable and comfortable, get some continuity and then he can have a period against tired legs. The opposition seeing him come off the bench would get a serious “oh no, I’m knackered and now I have to deal with this guy!” too

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2 hours ago, Bailey said:

In fact, if you delve a little closer at the quality of the chances. His shots were had a 6% total chance of going in from that position and his open play key passes led to 8% chance of a goal. 

As a comparison DCL and Iwobi each had 4% chance and Allan 17% chance. 

That shows just how good he is. 
One went in, disallowed for offside. Another  was well saved, albeit the keeper should save it 7/10 times.

Wasn't another blocked by a very good stretching slide! 

No idea where they get 6% chance of scoring from. Sometimes I’m sure they are made up by people who have never kicked a football in their life. Probably the same people that control VAR haha.

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