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44 minutes ago, enmac said:

Anyone watch a lot of Kel at Man City? Was he a lone striker or did he play behind someone else? Have only seen his goals so I haven't a clue. 

...he was scoring tap ins in the box as he was being supplied from players around him, left and right!!!

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35 minutes ago, Manwell Pablo said:


Because if he takes a touch like a normal person would instead of attempting a volley dropping over his shoulder which is about as hard a thing you can do in football. Pope would be on him closing the angle. 

...then that is an outrageous gamble for Pope to take!!!

One yard further to his left, he (Pope) covers all eventualities, he is there if Nacho takes a touch or if he Nacho chooses to shoot first time. Pope may just have lost his bearings and taken up a poor position.

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that goal was almost a role reversal. normally Kel would have shown and come for the short ball to feet while JV made the run in behind. Perhaps it was something that had been worked on in training as JV is obviously struggling for full fitness and mobility at the moment. Kels run was pure Vardy the way he angled his run around and in behind the defender, and the finish was superb. Taking a ball on the volley that is coming in over your shoulder almost blind is ridiculously hard. The only time i have seen it done better is by Vardy himself against WBA.

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1 minute ago, STUHILL said:

N'didi has dramatically improved his passing since Rodgers joined.  He's no Tielemans, but he is picking some really good passes out this season. The one for Barnes' goal against Liverpool was another perfectly weighted pass 

Ndidi has it in his locker to play some great passes. It’s when he’s put under pressure in his own half he struggles to remain composed. He’s miles better than he was last season, but for me still needs to improve his composure in the defensive third.

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12 minutes ago, STUHILL said:

N'didi has dramatically improved his passing since Rodgers joined.  He's no Tielemans, but he is picking some really good passes out this season. The one for Barnes' goal against Liverpool was another perfectly weighted pass 

If only he could shoot :P :D 

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2 hours ago, Manwell Pablo said:


Because if he takes a touch like a normal person would instead of attempting a volley dropping over his shoulder which is about as hard a thing you can do in football. Pope would be on him closing the angle. 

Yeah, the keeper's position looks odd because of the fact it was a first-time shot. Had he taken a touch (as most would) then as you say the angle changes.

 

It was a brilliant piece of instinctive play.

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I'm so glad someone , probably BR, insists that all players are "enforced" to take turns in giving  after match interviews. I suspect not all our players are glad of this especially if English is not their native tongue or they are more reserved or less confident at giving interviews. I found iheanacho's charming if at my age I can get away with risking appearing patronising. I'm not being so. I hope.

If it is due to BR I feel its very very much to his credit he understands player development as meaning more than just on the football pitch and I hope they all come to appreciate it in time.

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36 minutes ago, STUHILL said:

 

Once in a blue moon :wub:

I used to be prematurely critical of iheanacho. We're getting more and more blue moons. His recent headed goal (v brighton ? ) was also taken with a lot of skill.

 

I always think when commentators are drooling over players in fashion "Yeah, I wonder if he tried that 10 times how many times could he pull it off " In Messi's case i reckon the answer would usually be 9 or 10 but I don't think many others would be that good.

 

Practice of course puts the number up. We all know what Gary Player said so wisely about it. There is luck involved but the more you work and practice , the less luck is involved. part of football's beauty is luck is never totally absent.

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I really feel for Kelechi. 

 

I am not suggesting he is a world beater, but when the likes of Liverpool call on Origi, Spurs Vinicius, Everton Josh King, Wolves Fabio SIlva, Arsenal Nketiah, I`d say our second striker is just as good if not better then those.

 

When he has played, its largely in 2nd string sides like in the Cups and Europe. 

 

As much as I love Brendan and can count on one hand the amount of errors he has made in tactics and team selection, not playing Kelechi when Vards was injured and playing Ayoze up front was IMO a poor decision. He has done enough in Europe to deserve a run in the side as our main striker in Vards absence.

 

Lets hope he can help us out over the forthcoming games, god knows we need goals from somewhere with Madders and Harvey out!

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3 hours ago, Alan Frost said:

I'm so glad someone , probably BR, insists that all players are "enforced" to take turns in giving  after match interviews. I suspect not all our players are glad of this especially if English is not their native tongue or they are more reserved or less confident at giving interviews. I found iheanacho's charming if at my age I can get away with risking appearing patronising. I'm not being so. I hope.

If it is due to BR I feel its very very much to his credit he understands player development as meaning more than just on the football pitch and I hope they all come to appreciate it in time.

...very much like Sir Alex's attitude to his players!!!

  His idea was for them to settle down and have some family ethics as he needed them to be mature and curtail any wayward activity.

 He became the father figure that I believe some of his charges needed.

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3 hours ago, Alan Frost said:

I'm so glad someone , probably BR, insists that all players are "enforced" to take turns in giving  after match interviews. I suspect not all our players are glad of this especially if English is not their native tongue or they are more reserved or less confident at giving interviews. I found iheanacho's charming if at my age I can get away with risking appearing patronising. I'm not being so. I hope.

If it is due to BR I feel its very very much to his credit he understands player development as meaning more than just on the football pitch and I hope they all come to appreciate it in time.

...very much like Sir Alex's attitude to his players!!!

  His idea was for them to settle down and have some family ethics as he needed them to be mature and curtail any wayward activity.

 He became the father figure that I believe some of his charges needed.

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1 hour ago, sacreblueits442 said:

...very much like Sir Alex's attitude to his players!!!

  His idea was for them to settle down and have some family ethics as he needed them to be mature and curtail any wayward activity.

 He became the father figure that I believe some of his charges needed.

Pretty smart attitude when basically you're running an establishment for talented overpaid young sports stars who are often far from home or country. Much as I loved Bestie, he was probably unfortunate he was there before Ferguson, although he would have been a test !   A very bright guy imo. Best would have said fortunate of course. I mean bright academically , like many of us he wilfully ignored common sense.

 I suspect although I'm not such a big fan of Ferguson (except at Aberdeen where he proved his credentials as a great manager as far as I'm concerned) that he had what I call "benevolent ruthlessness" which is often kinder to all concerned. Even if it temporarily makes  one unpopular. I'm not sure BR has developed enough ot that yet and I'll admit i had to work on it even in my much smaller pond.

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Really is his time to shoe his worth now for me, player that's been rarely used so energy levels must be high. Without the fatigue many others are suffering and glimpses of talent he's shown Hope he really kicks on now, let's be honest it's about time. 

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21 hours ago, STUHILL said:

N'didi has dramatically improved his passing since Rodgers joined.  He's no Tielemans, but he is picking some really good passes out this season. The one for Barnes' goal against Liverpool was another perfectly weighted pass 

I mean it was a pretty low base to build from, but I agree, his passing is much more in keeping with a Premier League midfielder now and more importantly, seems to be improving all the time.  Good to see.

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I like how he holds up the ball with his strength and control but he makes some terrible decisions.

 

He was taken off because for whatever reason he struggles with fitness and when he hits the 60min mark he looks knackered.

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I just don't know ! He looks brilliant one minute & then shite the next. You can tell there is a player in there somewhere but until he develops some consistency he will struggle for game time.

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