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Yes in a footballing sense I feel a bit sorry for Dele. He needs minutes and to be given a proper
…Chance. I’m still not sure if the whole financial arrangement in regard to his purchase might be influencing whether he is given a start or not.
That it's hard to be definitive about any judgement didn't work last week certainly didn't work this time. And Frank's to slow to change it.
Assuming we start Rondon on a new striker next week, there certainly isn't enough room in the side for both McNeil and Gray. Dele surely got to be given a chance. He still lacking sharpness, you only get that from playing and movements are so much better.
With Onana and Iwobi in midfield, should have more drives and forward momentum, though we need to get our wingbacks up the pitch more. I'm No fan of Davies, but he did show a temporary job as a 6.
As others have said, defensively we are looking better, though the positioning of the central to for the second goal was poor
That initial setup was all wrong. Second time in a row Lampard tried that front three with zero result. Just ditch it already. Gordon is useless up front. Move him to left. And what did we try? Let them come to 40 yards from our goal. Hopefully win the ball back. Then what? Our players were crowded so usually it ended with a long (and mostly poor) kick from Pickford to Gordon. No wonder we had zero threat.
Not sure what McNeil's issue is. Not at the races again today.
Iwobi again our best player. Only one who looked to have a clue what to do with the ball.
Patterson showing promising signs. Got tired towards the end which is expected from such a young lad playing wing-back. Mykolenko ditto was active and had some good moments.
Tarkowski was defensively solid but what happened to his passing? Some shockers there.
Holgate seems to have continued his good run from tail end of last season. Second most improved player in the squad since Lampard took over.
A half-fit Rondon improved our attack that much? Imagine what a decent forward could do. Onana is also a tank. Yes, their second goal came from his mistake but that's probably why he wasn't on from the beginning. PL is a totally different league to Ligue 1. He has to relearn when he has time on the ball.
Gray shouldn't start. He's just not very good. Impact sub.