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Calm and commanding performance today.

 

Timed his interventions consistently well, showed good physical strength without recklessness & his passing is much improved.

 

MOM. Very mature performance at such a young age.

 

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We all know how good he is, he was MOM against Man City & Liverpool last season. That's why his long absence from our midfield has been astonishing. Hopefully today he jogged Brendan's memory of how good he is. 

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Wanted him to score so badly today and he had a couple of chances!

 

He’s a very fit lad after he gets his second wind, he had bags of energy till the very end... very impressive performance!

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Thought he'd have been perfect for the Liverpool game but it wasn't to be. Hopefully can play a big part in the remainder of our season now.

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The unfortunate thing for Hamza is Wilf......Mainly the fact that Wilf performs much better without a partner.

As soon as Wilf came out West Ham actually got through the middle for the first time because Wilf's positioning in a two is often off.

 

For me though, there isn't anything wrong with any of of central midfield options, including Mendy too.

They're all very capable, all very different too which is great.

 

Until we get the quality out wide we need, we are probably better off pursuing Hamza at the expense of Maddison/Tielemans.

Teams recognise that Barnes/Albrighton/Gray/Perez are not threatening enough so that can push their full backs up, putting more pressure on Tielemans/Maddison in midfield.

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Superb today and a relief as I thought since the Liverpool game whenever he's had minutes he's not looked as commanding as he is capable of. Sadly, Ndidi has become an absolute beast under Rodgers but there still should be more game time given to Choudhury where possible, our form vs the better sides requires some improvement and I think Choudhury might be key to us doing that.

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His physicality was badly missing against Man City and Liverpool.
 

Barnes, Perez and Maddison are all so lightweight in 50/50s.

 

As Rodgers himself admitted, we need to match the physical toughness of the really top sides. Hamza definitely provides that.

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13 minutes ago, CityIsBlue said:

The unfortunate thing for Hamza is Wilf......Mainly the fact that Wilf performs much better without a partner.

As soon as Wilf came out West Ham actually got through the middle for the first time because Wilf's positioning in a two is often off.

 

For me though, there isn't anything wrong with any of of central midfield options, including Mendy too.

They're all very capable, all very different too which is great.

 

Until we get the quality out wide we need, we are probably better off pursuing Hamza at the expense of Maddison/Tielemans.

Teams recognise that Barnes/Albrighton/Gray/Perez are not threatening enough so that can push their full backs up, putting more pressure on Tielemans/Maddison in midfield.

Very pertinent point, we only started to control the game at the very end when Hamza pushed up almost at Maddison's level.

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36 minutes ago, adam said:

He is definately far better than Declan rice. God knows how he gets in the england team. 

Ah but you see he's good mates with Mason Mount who plays for Chelsea so therefore gets an automatic pass into the England team. You're making the massive mistake of judging a player on his actual talent. That's not how we do things in England. Fancy judging a guy by his actual performances. God, whatever next.

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Anybody else think Klopps remarks after the Liverpool game earlier in the season made Brendan keep him out of limelight for a while?

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39 minutes ago, adam said:

He is definately far better than Declan rice. God knows how he gets in the england team. 

I have absolutely no idea what Rice is meant to be. Can't pass, can't tackle. Positionally poor. Doesn't break into the box to score. Isn't great in the air. Isn't composed in possession. He's not a midfielder, he's not a centre back. No idea why there was such a rush to get him in the England team.

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