hammer1975 wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:39 pm
Much, much worse. Free headers straight to oppo. Passes behind players when they break. Outmuscled repeatedly. He’s been pretty poor.
It gets worse If you dig a little deeper into the match stats. Only 71% passing accuracy, only 1 dribble attempt(unsuccessful), 4 times he was dribbled past and only won 2 out of 10 ground duels.
Stats aside, the question no one is asking is, what purpose would he serve in our team? Let's for a moment say Allen is really that much better than Noble and he replaces him in the starting lineup, but it's Rice that gets injured. Can anyone really see a midfield two with Noble and Allen together?
With their skill sets overlapping, it also limits our tactical changes we can make through the middle of the park - and what that really means is that in games where one goes for 70-90 mins, the other effectively uses up a slot on the bench, or are we suggesting we just drop Noble altogether from the match day squad on most weeks?
How does getting Allen address the ongoing concerns regarding having a physical presence, pace, creativity from the middle(if Rice is there to screen for the back 3/4)? Anyone who has looked at our bench the last couple of weeks can already see we don't have any one we can call upon to make a difference, we can't be wasting a slot on the bench.
I really hope we stay away from Allen, buying him does nothing to address the balance of the squad. Buying Allen will just be buying for the sake of buying.