I think we have four types of players. Those that are not and never will be (again) great ability. (Whelan, Taylor, Elmo, Jedi, bunn, Richards, as examples)
players with individual skills and strengths, but no ability to play in a system or with a team. ( kodjia, Hutton, Bolasie, Hourihane, Adomah, maybe Lansbury). I think Steve Bruce recruited most of those because he thought great individual skill was enough to win games)
Then we have those who don’t have great ability, but can play a role and do the job assigned, reasonably well. (Thor, Davis, Green, Chester, Elphick)
Finally, we have a few that have great ability AND can play a role within a team (Abraham, grealish, McGinn)
the first two groups are what’s killing us especially the second We don’t play as a team The player in possession never seems to have good options Passes go to run option A while the intended recipient makes run option B, or stand flat footed. We pass into traffic because runners are not moving to space I think it comes down to too many players with great individual skills that show in occasional flashes of brilliance, but they can’t think or act in a useful role in a team.
Dean smith wants us to play as a team and we just don’t have a roster with enough players capable of doing that. I’m hopeful that our scouting is searching for those that have both individual skill AND the ability to understand and play a role in a team strategy If not, DS is not going to work