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  1. Interesting problem we have. Watkins gets good chances but isn't a good finisher. Ings is a great finisher but doesn't get lots of good chances.
  2. He's 0.5 percent above from where I'm looking at it.
  3. If you're talking about aerial win percentage, he's one of the best but there's a couple about his level or a bit better. Last season, Maguire recorded about the same level and he's been involved in a lot more duels. Rhys Williams was involved in less duels than Hause but recorded a higher percentage. But he had a higher percentage than everyone else last season
  4. I remember this. I was wondering what on earth he was doing all the way up there lol. It looked like he was repeatedly trying to lay the ball off to someone else and move back but the ball kept coming back to him funnily enough. Didn't look the most comfortable on the ball compared to others around him admittedly, but credit to him didn't lose the ball in the end.
  5. https://www.whoscored.com/Matches/1549596/Live/England-Premier-League-2021-2022-Manchester-United-Aston-Villa Whoscored halftime ratings
  6. No? Played almost every game for Norwich last season. Unless the injury happened post or close to the end of the season
  7. Classic Conor. 2 assists from 2 corners.
  8. Being called out on it is fine. But getting strawmanned constantly is annoying. Someone says something negative and then someone else responds by misrepresenting their opinion as if it's a lot worse and more extreme than it actually is. The Dean Smith out discussions last season are a classic example. Most people who provided criticism on Dean Smith didn't want him out but they were tarred with the brush as if they did and were made to look ungrateful for not appreciating where he'd taken the club. Various posters had to repeatedly insist that that wasn't their position. Or take the Jacob Ramsey thread. Couple of guys in there are acting all high and mighty because Ramsey has finally come good despite some posters having written them off. Except most posters didn't write them off, a lot including myself were just expressing healthy skepticism about him considering his prior performances. In fact, it seems like having any level of skepticism towards our youngsters gets labelled as writing them off. No one, I repeat no one was writing Carney off after one game 2 weeks ago. People were just again, claiming he didn't perform all that well I'm that game. Didn't stop some posters from acting like they did. happens all the **** time on here on various topics.
  9. Honestly, if you just looked at who scored ratings Kessler's loan spell hasn't been great either so far.
  10. This is a point often brought up and I believed it without really checking for a while too. But we actually only had the joint 7th best defense(in terms of goals conceded) in the league last season. Still pretty good but the way people talk about our defense as if we were one of the top defences in the league when we were closer to the average. Then consider the fact that we had a world-class keeper in Martinez saving shots that would otherwise have been let in, our defense last season was very much midtable. Edit: I just realized you could use post-shot xG to actually quantify Martinez's shot-stopping ability and hence get a number for how many goals we would've conceded if we had an average goalkeeper instead. According to fbref, Martinez was worth 7.4 less goals conceded purely on his shot-stopping ability over an average goalkeeper. Adding 7.4 more goals conceded would bring us from the joint 7th best defence to the 13th best defence in terms of goals conceded.
  11. Its different for a defender. When an attacking player makes a mistake as they so often do, the other team gets the ball and there's not so much in the way of direct consequences. You're going to get lots of "lowlights" for any attacking player. Defender mistakes happen less and when they do, the consequences can be disastrous. This is even worse for goalkeepers. I'd go so far as to say attackers are judged by what they do(scoring goals, assiting etc), but defenders and goalkeepers are judged.more but what they don't do(in terms of mistakes and errors).
  12. I don't think we need to break the bank. People like to use the Ben White signing as an example of how much money we would need to spend but we already have an example of the opposite in Konsa who cost only 10 million and we managed to tempt him to come to us way before European football seemed like a possibility. Players like these are out there and I'm sure there are players who are or who have the potential to be significantly better than Mings who would come to us for non-ridiculous fees.
  13. Fooling a fanbase isn't that difficult. Fanbases collectively underrate or overrate players all the time. Remember when Lyon fans swore up and down that Bertrand Traore was the worst thing to ever step on the football pitch? Fooling Southgate isn't difficult. Its Gareth Southgate for christ's sake. The man who thought arguably England's best player last season didn't deserve to start for them in the euros. And its not like the England squad is teeming with quality left-footed CB options nor is he first choice or anywhere near to threatening Maguire's spot. We don't know how highly Smith rates Mings. There's never been a good enough left-footed CB in the squad to properly challenge him for the position. There's been more important positions in the squad to reinforce these past couple of years. No one is saying Mings isn't good enough to start for us, just that he's no where near as good as the fanbase makes him out to be. Us losing a lot more without Mings than with him doesn't mean that Mings is an amazing CB. It means that Mings is simply much better than our other options which I don't think even the most ardent Mings critic denies at this point. Hause, his direct competition was a disaster on the ball at times 2 seasons ago which is likely where that 2 wins from 12 games stat comes from if true. It couldn't have been last season because Mings played almost every game last season and I remember we did okay the couple of games without him.
  14. That's the thing though, they didn't fell to him. They fell to Watkins. I have concerns with Ings's movement up top. I've banged on about how I've felt he was isolated up front for the past games. I thought with Watkins finally returning and playing alongside Ings that this would help remedy that problem. Instead pretty much all our attacking play went through Watkins on the left with Ings being isolated on the right. Ings had almost less than 3 times the amount of touches Watkins did this game. Even accounting for the fact that he was subbed out, that's still way less than he should have and its been a common theme with him in all the games so far. I'm starting to suspect that he is the reason for why our moves have been breaking down so much in attack in our previous matches.
  15. Agreed completely. I'll also add that the way Villa fans views Mings and the way the wider premier league fanbase views Mings is night and day. Whether that's an indication that our fanbase is overrating him or that everyone else is underrating him is another issue(although I personally think its a mix of both), but I do think that the strong negative response towards Mings by others fans makes our fans more defensive of him. We want him to succeed to show them that they're wrong. So we subconciously perceive his game to be better than it actually is. Same thing happened with him being "overpriced". We wanted him to succeed to prove to others that we weren't wrong Bouremouth that fee. On the topic of his fee, jesus christ the amounts of money being suggested if he were to be sold are an absolute joke. People only really see what they want to see. They'd rather see this mistake here in other players like Steer and Tuanzebe which I think is just absolutely ridiculous. I didn't even notice Steer being at fault here and Tuanzebe definitely contributed to it but Mings was completely the main culprit. I don't think people realize how big of an effect this bias has on our perception but its very very real.
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