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2 minutes ago, huss9 said:

i would.

he's had some real stick on here.

even BDB recently was being called our weak link and needed displacing.

 

 

 

I do think BDB is the weakest defensive link. But he has unique strengths too. I think Schar is the "easiest" to replace.

 

3 minutes ago, TotalWar said:

I think that Jordon Henderson is the player that Longstaff can look at at take inspiration from. Ive long thought that Henderson isnt the best technically, he seems to me to have always had a tendency to misplace a key pass, blaze a chance over, get the ball caught between his feet, be slightly indecisive etc, just like Longy. Henderson has though overcome all these things, or at least reduced their affect, and has for years been a crucial element in an excellent team. If Longy could do the same through shear hard graft on the training pitch, then he could have as good a career.

Jordan Henderson was quick though. If Longstaff was exactly the same but half a yard faster like a prime Henderson, he'd be a great player imo.

 

6 minutes ago, magorific said:

How are his good points hard to see? Finishing apart, was excellent last night.

His standout attributes is stamina, something that becomes apparent over a long period of time. Bruno can play delightful balls and carry the ball. Joelinton is strong and quick on and off the ball. Willock has a lovely turn of pace. Shelvey can play a great long ball.

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I like Longstaff but he’s limited technically and slow on the turn and often needs quite a bit of time on the ball. I think Bruno will hit his true heights once he has another top class CM playing with him. Credit to Longstaff and his attitude, I just don’t see him being a regular starter for us after this or the next summer window. Great to have around and in the squad. 

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1 hour ago, Weezertron said:

Our fanbase always needs a whipping boy, unfortunately.

 

It's not that though, as a team we are getting better, but we aren't going to win titles until our squad is up there with the other CL contenders. The major difference right now is the first teamers like Longstaff and Willock. I would have said Almiron as well  a few months ago, but he looks genuinely dangerous these days. These lads all do sterling work with their running and aggression, but the final touch or finish is always just off.

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Lets be honest if Longstaff added regular goals to his game we'd all be happy. His all round game is very good.

 

Are we expecting to be a gerrard or lampard - no. But havnt chances put on a plate for him and not converting them is annoying like.

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I think someone mentioned the other day, he runs and runs but always seems half a second or so late to the press. I think he's the kind we could replace fairly easily, either with a like-for-like replacement, or someone who can play deeper to free up Bruno to play his role as he can do the same job pressing but with the extra quality on the ball and in the box.

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57 minutes ago, joeyt said:

Shame his shooting has turned dreadful

 

WTF has happened to his shooting? He used to have quite a foot on him, remember a few good goals from long range.

He has been excellent getting in position lately, so I just hope he gets his finishing sorted out.

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1 hour ago, Disco said:

Been absolutely integral these last few games; goal imminent me thinks.

I must have been watching a different game as I thought he was poor - vision -->none, passing-->poor, shooting-->well...

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I thought during the game that he was exceptional but I’m shocked at the data. He’s never been as good with his passing as he was today.

 

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He's definitely snappier in releasing the ball, suspect actually having quick passing emphasized in training might help rather than the years of just get stuck in shouted at him

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8 minutes ago, STM said:

Was about to say he's cut out the "getting caught dawdling" thing he used to do.

 

Was my biggest criticism of him, seemed to happen at least once a match in a dangerous position.

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8 minutes ago, STM said:

Was about to say he's cut out the "getting caught dawdling" thing he used to do.

 

Probably a bit more confident, maybe a bit to do with Fulham not pressing as well as other teams (like Leeds did).

 

You can't fault his effort and he is fantastic off the ball.  But I'd be amazed if he is still about if we become a top 4 staple.  Unless there is major, sustained improvement.

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He gets more stick than anyone in our team. One missed pass and it’s remembered in full detail on here. His shooting is often inexcusable but he’s got an unreal engine on him. 

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