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Player Watch: Ivan Perisic

joey55

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May 20, 2005
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I think we miss this guy tremendously. I think people forget what an elite level player he was for most of his career because when he came to us we weren't doing great as a team and he was wing back (though personally I thought he was pretty decent and thought he was harshly judged by many of our fans.) I also think due to his age he was only ever seen as a stop gap which is fair enough. But despite his age, he was still a great athlete and most crucially still had a bit of pace. I think he's the best winger we have at the club and I think had he been 24, then Ange would have seen him as a big part of our future and seen him as a key player. If he was fit our attack would look way less impotent. Our wide players see so much of the ball and do so little with it. The impact of Perisic's absence has gone massively under the radar imo. Madders, Bentancur and VDV's injuries have naturally been highlighted as massive reasons for our recent struggles, but, to me, Perisic is a bit like Gio and that he's much better than we've seen in the pre Ange era. We have big problems in the attacking third and he's an elite level attacker, even at 34. He'd have made so much more of the opportunities Johnson had to put in decent balls last night.
 

Johnny J

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Aug 18, 2012
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I think we miss this guy tremendously. I think people forget what an elite level player he was for most of his career because when he came to us we weren't doing great as a team and he was wing back (though personally I thought he was pretty decent and thought he was harshly judged by many of our fans.) I also think due to his age he was only ever seen as a stop gap which is fair enough. But despite his age, he was still a great athlete and most crucially still had a bit of pace. I think he's the best winger we have at the club and I think had he been 24, then Ange would have seen him as a big part of our future and seen him as a key player. If he was fit our attack would look way less impotent. Our wide players see so much of the ball and do so little with it. The impact of Perisic's absence has gone massively under the radar imo. Madders, Bentancur and VDV's injuries have naturally been highlighted as massive reasons for our recent struggles, but, to me, Perisic is a bit like Gio and that he's much better than we've seen in the pre Ange era. We have big problems in the attacking third and he's an elite level attacker, even at 34. He'd have made so much more of the opportunities Johnson had to put in decent balls last night.
I agree with everything apart from his pace; he really had lost that IMO, but was still a good player.
 

mil1lion

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May 7, 2004
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Yeah we needed him on for that last 20 mins running at players and getting crosses in. Neither of our attackers do that.
 

newbie

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Jul 16, 2004
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He is a cool head with deadly delivery I'm sure we would have more points this season had he not been injured
 

Cavehillspur

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Only just seeing Ange's latest comments about Perisic and his injury, confirms what we suspected at the time but unlikely to play for us again, really disappointing.

"No, he's working hard to be fair to Ivan. He's obviously got some national team commitments he wants to get back to as soon as possible," Postecoglou said.

"Again, he's been a significant loss for us. I thought this year he was going to be a really significant contributor because of his experience and we saw that in the first few games because of the way he impacted games.

"But yeah, he won't ... he's unlikely to play for us again."
 

Ron Burgundy

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Jun 19, 2008
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Only just seeing Ange's latest comments about Perisic and his injury, confirms what we suspected at the time but unlikely to play for us again, really disappointing.

"No, he's working hard to be fair to Ivan. He's obviously got some national team commitments he wants to get back to as soon as possible," Postecoglou said.

"Again, he's been a significant loss for us. I thought this year he was going to be a really significant contributor because of his experience and we saw that in the first few games because of the way he impacted games.

"But yeah, he won't ... he's unlikely to play for us again."
What a shame. I genuinely thought he could have made himself a regular first teamer - arguably has the best delivery in the squad.
 

Ghost Hardware

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Aug 31, 2012
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Good, yet quite sad, news. Like Ghost says above, getting him off the wage bill might help us sign someone else.
It’s a really shame that he got injured as I like him as a player and I think he could have been a big help to us on and off the pitch. But getting his 180k p/w off the wage bill would be incredibly helpful if realistically he won’t play for us again.
 

joey55

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May 20, 2005
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As others have said, it will be good to get his wages off our books. It's a real shame how things worked out during his time with us. We should have got him when we were first linked with him back when he was at Brugge.
 

robotsonic

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Aug 20, 2013
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If he can be fit for them in time, then I can't think of a single person that would not want this to happen. Legendary player gets to go back home and get fit and see out his career there. We get wages off of the bill. Excellento. Hope for all concerned that he is at the end of the tunnel.
 
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