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Reluctant or under orders ?
The bit in the Athletic seemed to suggest Benitez has been telling the fullbacks to stay back, which is part of what has frustrated Digne, along with Townsend being put on dead balls ahead of him.
by stopping when receiving the ball...reluctant lately to get forward due to fear of being exposed by his lack of pace.
Reports now suggest disagreements between him and RB in training - about tactics…
I know he (Digne) has been far from his best recently, but I would be disappointed if this was the end.
He’s put out a very straight batted statement on social media which doesn’t mention any of that.
Also remember a few descriptions of Rafa’s ruthless approach when he hasn’t got on with players in past clubs.
I’d love Digne to get back to the way he was - gave proper balance to the back four. Always came across as mature, considered and professional. I guess he will have his own view of what’s best tactically having played for the clubs and managers with which/whom he’s been involved.
Will be fascinating to see how things develop not just with Digne but across the club structures.
January could be very informative…