Yeah and it was a harsh one, can't blame him for that one
Yeah especially as he made a later 'foul' where he cleanly took the ball only for the ref to mark it as a foul.Only saw the replay once but from what I did manage to see it was a ridiculous yellow IMO. Yellows for such offences shouldn't be given at all really as then you're getting players sent off for two yellows for very little.
I agree he does look a long way short, hopefully with time he will return to his previous level.Looks a long way from the player he was, in my opinion. Doesn't look like he'll be bossing games again for a while.
I agree he does look a long way short, hopefully with time he will return to his previous level.
I think a lot of fans see the player they want to see rather than the level he is genuinely playing at right now
My worry is if he plays for his international team. (I'm not even sure he's been called up)It is completely normal that he isn’t there yet.
He has been out for 9 months with the worst injury in football. Not only does he need time to build up match sharpness and trust in his body, he also needs to adapt to a completely different style of play with a new manager. He needs to do all of this with no pre season either.
The most important thing so far is I’ve seen him execute several quick, sharp turns and retain the ball with these movements which is a good sign for his long term form.
I don’t know how long it will take but I believe he will get back to top form and when he does it will be brilliant to see.
For now, we need to continue to give him 30 minutes or so for the next 4/5 games and then he may be ready to start a game at some point in late December. He cannot and should not start any matches at the moment as it’s too much of a risk to his body to take him from 15-30 minute cameos up to 60 minutes plus in such a short time frame after the ACL injury.