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Someone needs to gtt it through mcginns head he isn't iniesta, he is Jordan Henderson. The issue is when he plays for Scotland he is their main man so he score and gets assists and creates everything. But for us we need him to do the dirty work and receive the ball deep and bring it forward not standing on the halfway line if the ball on the edge of our area. 

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Think he's starting to get worn out again. Playing too many full 90 mins for club and country in a short space of time, just like last season. At least he didn't get injured against Southampton this time.

We need to rest him. In the Championship when it looked like this was starting to happen he got a 2 game suspension. He came back firing on all cylinders. Play Nakamba against Arsenal and give the guy a rest.

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On 01/11/2020 at 14:11, Laughable Chimp said:

Smith never subs off Mcginn or Grealish in a league game, no matter how badly they play.

Because they're miles better than anything else at the club.

On 01/11/2020 at 14:43, rodders0223 said:

Flat track bully. 

Was handy against Liverpool and Leicester. They're 1st and 2nd in the table if you're interested.

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On 01/11/2020 at 19:28, Keyblade said:

Think he's starting to get worn out again. Playing too many full 90 mins for club and country in a short space of time, just like last season. At least he didn't get injured against Southampton this time.

We need to rest him. In the Championship when it looked like this was starting to happen he got a 2 game suspension. He came back firing on all cylinders. Play Nakamba against Arsenal and give the guy a rest.

He's only 2 cards away from a suspension already this season, so I doubt he will have to wait long for his rest.

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On 01/11/2020 at 20:28, Keyblade said:

Think he's starting to get worn out again. Playing too many full 90 mins for club and country in a short space of time, just like last season. At least he didn't get injured against Southampton this time.

We need to rest him. In the Championship when it looked like this was starting to happen he got a 2 game suspension. He came back firing on all cylinders. Play Nakamba against Arsenal and give the guy a rest.

He is going to international duty after the Arsenal game

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He’d be the perfect option off the bench to inject some intensity. Its just you need a big performance guaranteed from Conor from the start. Think he deserves to play some minutes regardless, had a decent start to the season and we miss his deliveries. We had 11 corners to Saints 1 on Sunday; we did buggar all and they scored from theirs.

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There’s no doubting his ability to play at this level in my view. He has had some cracking games for us in the PL.

The problem is the blend of the midfield. Smith has never quite managed to get it right. You play SJM or Barkley with Luiz and a more combatitive box to box midfielder. Someone like Keane or Viera. At the moment our midfield is walked through at times.

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2 minutes ago, M_Afro said:

There’s no doubting his ability to play at this level in my view. He has had some cracking games for us in the PL.

The problem is the blend of the midfield. Smith has never quite managed to get it right. You play SJM or Barkley with Luiz and a more combatitive box to box midfielder. Someone like Keane or Viera. At the moment our midfield is walked through at times.

We need that Casemiro type next summer.

Problems is they are so damn difficult to find. Very rare breed

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1 hour ago, KAZZAM said:

Think Nakamba has to come in vs Arsenal. Scotland has overplayed Mcginn and knackered him out already.

This is nonsense. He’s having a full day 7 days off between games. Championship players play 3 games in a week a lot of the time. 

We cannot use the ‘he’s knackered’ line either as an excuse for his poor performances, nor as a stick to beat him with. 

He’s a professional footballer and I think he’s fit enough to perform the 90 mins. He’s also one of the best players at the club but looks to be struggling to understand what his role is. As mentioned in a previous post, you can’t have both him and Barkley as box to box midfielders because if both get caught too high up the pitch, we’re f*****. Especially as our full backs like to get forward.

If we want to play McGinn in an advanced role, he either has to be playing on the right of a front 3 instead of Traore/Trezeguet or in place of Barkley with either Barkley playing deeper or dropping to the bench. 

McGinn is a good player but he looks lost in the role he’s being asked to play at times. 

As much as I like Smith and want him to be here the next ten years, he needs to sort this midfield 3 out because it’s killing us at the moment in games. With a slight tweak, I think we can be much better and challenge for a top 8 spot. 

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1 hour ago, KAZZAM said:

Think Nakamba has to come in vs Arsenal. Scotland has overplayed Mcginn and knackered him out already.

Marvelous needs to come in for the Invisible Man Mr. Barkley.

But it won't happen because he is Ross Barkley and demands to start every match even when he is injured!

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