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  1. Leandro Bacuna

    Bacuna free kick vs Man City:
  2. Leandro Bacuna

    The sample I chose is relevant because I've always thought the whole team underperformed under Lambert and the season after everyone was awful and we were relegated. Since then players have moved on and look 10 times the players they did when they were here. Sherwood more than likely would have given Bacuna a lot of freedom which would have suited him to a tee and we had a number of quality centre backs that season to keep us stable at the back. How many of our other players have excelled over the last 5 seasons? How many have lasted 5 seasons and 7 different managers?
  3. Leandro Bacuna

    @Villan_of_oz From the transfer thread: I'd like to know his rating from when Tim Sherwood took over to the end of the season. His best performances and most if not all of his assists came after Sherwood arrived. Looking at his stats for the whole of 14/15, he made 19 appearances averaging 0.45 assists per game which was better than any other defender in the Premier League by a mile and 3rd in the Premier League overall behind Cesc Fabregas and Angel Di Maria. Fabregas and Di Maria were 1st and 3rd for total number of assists that season with 18 and 10.
  4. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    I think you're confusing 'passion' with 'leadership ability'. I think he's misunderstood by fans. His 'laid back' approach misinterpreted as lazy or uncommitted which couldn't be further from the truth. I see him as a player who would work as hard as anyone. Keeping a 'laid back' mindset also I believe promotes creativity which is important for the role he plays.
  5. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Adomah has spent most of his career in the Championship and League Two. He hasn't had an assist at Premier League level. Bacuna lead our assists in 14/15 with 5 from 10 starts which lead to 4 goals from Benteke and 1 from Cleverley. Our next best that season was Delph who had 3 assists from 27 starts. I call him passionate because he plays with desire. A rare and underrated quality.
  6. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    You could say a similar thing about Albrighton, Clark, Gueye, Westwood and others. Bacuna falls into the same category for me. At the right club or under a different manager things would fall into place for him.
  7. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    We all see different things in different players. I personally don't rate Adomah at all and wouldn't say he was strong in most of those areas if we're rating him by Premier League standards.
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  9. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    He would if he moved somewhere else. His future is in midfield though imo, even though he is probably a more complete RB right now.
  10. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    He could easily make RB his own and it wouldn't take much for him to develop into a quality RM. He's an excellent cross, has good vision, is strong, quick, versatile, passionate & spirited, can take a free kick and is solid enough defensively. They are good qualities to build on if you're an attacking defender or midfielder. His form at the end of 14/15 when he was hitting Benteke with crosses which lead to a number of important goals in my view was the form of a midtable Premier League player. I thought he was only getting started as well. He went backwards the following season but so did all our players. He gets a seriously raw deal from our fans imo.
  11. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    I've always thought Clark had it in him to go a long way in the Premier League. Will be interesting to see if Newcastle give him that opportunity and if he takes it.
  12. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Those slagging off Bacuna are probably the same ones who were slagging off Ciaran Clark last season. Embarrassing. We'll see how Clark does at Newcastle this season.
  13. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Absolutely serious. I think he's midtable Premier League quality with some potential to be better than that if he improved in a few areas.
  14. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Maybe they don't want to sell him. Even if they do it's not necessarily any reflection on his actual quality. Everyone rates players differently. Bacuna would slot in at RB or RM in both those teams and be one of their better players once he established himself.
  15. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    According to The Sun Middlesbrough want 20m for him. That's a lot of money to ask for a player that's 'purely a sprinter'. Chelsea, West Ham, Newcastle all interested in signing him. He'll prove you wrong and so would Bacuna if he got a move to say West Ham or Newcastle.