I don't think its a big mystery. He works hard, he's committed, he never stops working, he doesn't sulk or let his head go down, he's brave and tries to do the right thing even when it doesn't come off, he covers for others well and makes lots of really really good covering challenges.Bluedylan1 wrote: ↑Fri Jan 05, 2024 8:47 pm Yeah, fair point. He's a £9m player.
It's not a personal attack on him or his integrity, it's a critique of his footballing limitations.
I wouldn't say it's really the case on this site, but I'm not sure why so many of our fans seem to have fallen in love with him and think he's great. You hear people talk about him alongside Branthwaite and Onana as great young talents in the team in a similar vein to Stones/Barkley/Lukaku once upon a time, and I think that's so far wide of the mark.
He has his limitations, but he's a breath of fresh air compared to some of the shite we've been forced to endure over the last 5 years. I don't think many people are putting him in that stones/lukaku bracket, but in contrast to midfielder after midfielder who don't seem to be able to trap a ball let alone pass it more than 5 yards, he's a big step up.