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TOLBINY

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I want to see Brennan influencing games and scoring winners. Feels like one of those players who will grab a goal if we win by 3 or 4 but not the type to grab the game and nick the winner. We've got a few like that, Maddison is another.
Brighton?
 

Danny1

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Good first season for Brennan. Joined a team in transition that has played a large part of the season without a striker. Notched up 10 assists, could have had a few more and scored a few important goals.

Continue to improve and he is a very good part of our squad in my opinion.
 

jolsnogross

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People are blind or have very short memories if they're harsh on Johnson. Bale was very raw for years before he took off. Kane too. There's so much to like about how Johnson plays. All the instincts are there, he just lacks that eye-of-the-tiger killer instinct at the clinical moment. But still pulls up decent numbers. I reckon he's got an incredibly high ceiling. He's not going to be just a squad option for us. Once the penny drops, he'll take off.
 

amathews3416

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He was T3rd in the Premier League for assists with 10. His finishing and composure in front of goal need some work, but I thought he had an outstanding season for a 22 year old making the step up in clubs.
 

-Afri-Coy-

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People are blind or have very short memories if they're harsh on Johnson. Bale was very raw for years before he took off. Kane too. There's so much to like about how Johnson plays. All the instincts are there, he just lacks that eye-of-the-tiger killer instinct at the clinical moment. But still pulls up decent numbers. I reckon he's got an incredibly high ceiling. He's not going to be just a squad option for us. Once the penny drops, he'll take off.

He will be our first choice RW for years to come, he's unbelievably talented for his age.
 

newbie

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Sadly I think this is deliberate. Stay high & wide for when we win the ball. In the meantime we’ll get hammered without the ball. Genius
I think he doesn’t fight hard enough at times to help the defence
People are blind or have very short memories if they're harsh on Johnson. Bale was very raw for years before he took off. Kane too. There's so much to like about how Johnson plays. All the instincts are there, he just lacks that eye-of-the-tiger killer instinct at the clinical moment. But still pulls up decent numbers. I reckon he's got an incredibly high ceiling. He's not going to be just a squad option for us. Once the penny drops, he'll take off.

Ppl develop at different ages but Kane and bale where unbelievable by 23

Johnson lacks fight and passion at times, against pool or Chelsea he let a player get to a ball before him, then made no effort to stop the attack.

sometimes he looks divoid of aggression and other times he looks good.

first season, his 6 out of 10 but has big potential.
 

-Afri-Coy-

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I think he doesn’t fight hard enough at times to help the defence


Ppl develop at different ages but Kane and bale where unbelievable by 23

Johnson lacks fight and passion at times, against pool or Chelsea he let a player get to a ball before him, then made no effort to stop the attack.

sometimes he looks divoid of aggression and other times he looks good.

first season, his 6 out of 10 but has big potential.


How on earth are these G/A stats worthy of a 6 out of 10 rating?

1st - Son 17 goals 10 assists
2nd - Johnson 5 goals 10 assists
Joint 2nd - Richarlison 11 goals 4 assists
3rd - Maddison 4 goals 9 assists

Johnson had an incredible debut season.
 

thebenjamin

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How on earth are these G/A stats worthy of a 6 out of 10 rating?

1st - Son 17 goals 10 assists
2nd - Johnson 5 goals 10 assists
Joint 2nd - Richarlison 11 goals 4 assists
3rd - Maddison 4 goals 9 assists

Johnson had an incredible debut season.

I think 'incredible' might be overstating it somewhat. Cole Palmer had an incredible debut season.

I think the problem with BJ is that when he's bad, he's very very bad. Like Chelsea / Liverpool away for example, when he gave the ball away basically every time he touched it and stank the place out. He doesn't seem to have much of a trick other than push it and run and hope the defender is slower than him, which when he's isolated out wide can make him appear extremely limited. If he's playing on the right you really need someone extremely good 1v1 on the left to counterbalance it, and we don't have that, which only highlights BJ's limitations.

Lots to work on though and he does have decent end product and a nice arrive at the back post, even if the bits in between are very raw.
 

GutBucket

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I think 'incredible' might be overstating it somewhat. Cole Palmer had an incredible debut season.

I think the problem with BJ is that when he's bad, he's very very bad. Like Chelsea / Liverpool away for example, when he gave the ball away basically every time he touched it and stank the place out. He doesn't seem to have much of a trick other than push it and run and hope the defender is slower than him, which when he's isolated out wide can make him appear extremely limited. If he's playing on the right you really need someone extremely good 1v1 on the left to counterbalance it, and we don't have that, which only highlights BJ's limitations.

Lots to work on though and he does have decent end product and a nice arrive at the back post, even if the bits in between are very raw.
United match was worst for me, completely gave up on trying to dribble AWB who was on a yellow card very early in the game. Good season overall for him though, very good assist numbers.
 

djhotspur

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Solid first season. I think he's got the raw materials to be a really important player for us. I see him similar to Trossard or Jota - can play in any position in the front 3 and always affects the match in some way.
really? He’s nothing like those two. They are both elite finishers
 

-Afri-Coy-

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I think 'incredible' might be overstating it somewhat. Cole Palmer had an incredible debut season.

I think the problem with BJ is that when he's bad, he's very very bad. Like Chelsea / Liverpool away for example, when he gave the ball away basically every time he touched it and stank the place out. He doesn't seem to have much of a trick other than push it and run and hope the defender is slower than him, which when he's isolated out wide can make him appear extremely limited. If he's playing on the right you really need someone extremely good 1v1 on the left to counterbalance it, and we don't have that, which only highlights BJ's limitations.

Lots to work on though and he does have decent end product and a nice arrive at the back post, even if the bits in between are very raw.

I get your point, but Cole Palmer doesn’t play for Tottenham, and that’s who I referenced when I say he had an incredible season for us. Cole is also an anomaly, I would go as far as to say he had a world class season in an extremely mid performing Chelsea team.

He is still raw, I’ll admit. But at his age and with the skill set, he has all the potential in the world to become a great player for us.

Keep in mind the numbers he put up whilst having a few bad performances in between. All players have bad games, Kane included and we all know how brilliant he is on his day.

I just feel like sometimes as fans we set our standards too high without keeping circumstances in mind.
 

jpascavitz

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Great first season, really hoping he can continue to grow and aim for double digit goals and assists across all comps next season, he has the potential. Also would love to see him just become "more" consistent. I think that's what divides fans opinions right now, as he has a bit of the goes missing for a periods then looks unplayable for other periods. No doubt he can do it though, still young and improvements coming
 

Snarfalicious

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Don’t know how you can look at his season, his age, the step up he made and not feel anything other than excited about what the future may hold for him.
 

Frozen_Waffles

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How on earth are these G/A stats worthy of a 6 out of 10 rating?

1st - Son 17 goals 10 assists
2nd - Johnson 5 goals 10 assists
Joint 2nd - Richarlison 11 goals 4 assists
3rd - Maddison 4 goals 9 assists

Johnson had an incredible debut season.
Not mentioned enough on here how much we've missed Richy for the last couple of months.

As for Brennan, he's young, adapting to a new club and new way of playing. He's had the odd bad game, people forget that it's part and parcel of development.

But his improvement in his tracking back, his crosses on the floor and his general play is clear to see.

He just needs to loosen up a bit and attack those full backs a bit more. He needs to add a bit of swagger to his game.

The potential here is huge.
 

mil1lion

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He was T3rd in the Premier League for assists with 10. His finishing and composure in front of goal need some work, but I thought he had an outstanding season for a 22 year old making the step up in clubs.
I'm not even sure about the composure thing. If anything he seems to miss chances where he's too casual. He's a bit like Dele was in that regards but at times when you're close to goal you need to really have conviction in the shot. Barbatov would hit with power when needed.
 

Cinemattis

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Sorry if this has been posted already (from The Athletic):

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JayB

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Sorry if this has been posted already (from The Athletic):

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Worth noting that this puts him in the first percentile in FBRef’s metric measuring clinical finishing (non-penalty goals minus non-penalty xG).

In other words he was among the very worst finishers in all of Europe this season from a purely statistical perspective.

If he can sort this out and become even an average finisher he’ll be unbelievable.
 
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