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1 minute ago, KentVillan said:

I think Nakamba is the real deal. Not as technically gifted as our other midfielders, but positionally you can see he senses danger and anticipates the second ball well. With him in front of Mings, Engels and Heaton you really feel like we have a spine that can keep clean sheets, and that will help us nick points.

Can only echo this, it’s a top 10 spine for me

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Apart from a couple of stray passes I thought he was superb tonight. Easily gets the nod ahead of Luiz. Trouble is, Luiz will soon need to start ahead of McGinn or Grealish. 

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Did well on his debut and I feel calmer with him in the DM role than all our other options based on that display. Sort out some clumsy passing and we might have a gem in him.

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Still prefer Luiz on that showing tonight.

Perhaps the 10 men opposition swayed it, but Luiz is far more comfortable on the ball and spraying passes than Marvellous and I saw nothing outstanding in his work off the ball.....

... but perhaps that's just because he was doing his job?

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Reminded me a bit of Delph, broke up play, wasn’t great at passing, but looked to drive team on. Think he will improve with more game time. Could be a good signing for us

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Saw a lot from him this games and Walsall to say that he's a good player. He had 3-4 bad passes which could have led to something, but other than that I think very promising performance.

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If you accept his first 50% game time was adjusting, thought his second 50% was very good: snappy, full of energy, hungry for action, some very good and unexpected interceptions.

Has to start for me vs Arsenal. Our defence is so much better this season and he can help build us into a defensive rock.

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For a debut he did a brilliant job, I'd say he made what could of been two very costly errors, fortunately we stamped it out which was pretty damn impressive at how fast our player got back.

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Looked excellent to me, just a couple of sloppy passes, but then the entire squad were guilty of that. 

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As I said, really reminds me of Gueye. Gueye was hardly a great passer for us and would give the ball away under similar circumstances. Overall though Marevlous did very well, he has earned the shirt.

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Broke up play well whilst misplacing a few passes.  He was basically Carlos Sanchez on a good day.

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Saw enough to suggest he's going to make the DCM role his own. 
If Luiz is going to get in the team, he is either going to replace one of Grealish/McGinn (unlikely) or one of those players will have to push out wide to accomodate.

Our wingers aren't good enough. 

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He broke up play really well but seemed to struggle after. Really early to be judging a player but from that performance I'm not sure how much of a dean smith player he is.

Bruce would be drawing up a new contract over breakfast! 

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Tidy, broke up play, covered the ground well, switched play nicely. Very encouraging, a bit crab like maybe and doesn't see a forward pass as much as he should...but very early days.

I was impressed.

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He looks very combative and comfortable on the ball, exactly what we need in that DM position.

I would accommodate both nakamba and Luiz in the team tbh.

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He looks like he could be an Idrissa Gueye or a Kante

not quite up to the speed of the game yet , but he impressed me with his intensity.

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52 minutes ago, TRO said:

He looks like he could be an Idrissa Gueye or a Kante

not quite up to the speed of the game yet , but he impressed me with his intensity.

Yeah, I am really starting to think having both nakamba and Luiz in the 2 x DM position where they take it in turns to break forward, would really free up Grealish, Mcginn and another AM trio to really push forward and support Wesley more.

I think I would go Luiz and Nakamba in the DM roles where they take it in turn to do box to box, then Grealish, Mcginn and either trez or jota in an AM 3 that are a bit more central or inside AM supporting Wesley more, and use targett and Guilbert for the width.

Obviously the left and right AM could break wider as required, but regardless I just think the 4231 might suit us better, especially if having nakamba and Luiz in the DM role, would allow Mcginn to press further up the pitch and Grealish to play further up the pitch without constantly worrying about covering behind them.

However, I am also almost certain this will never happen as Deano seems very set on his 433 wide formation regardless of how good or not good our wing options are, can only see him sticking with it come hell or high water.

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On 17/09/2019 at 05:33, abdulaziz1 said:

Saw a lot from him this games and Walsall to say that he's a good player. He had 3-4 bad passes which could have led to something, but other than that I think very promising performance.

First 15 he was adjusting last 15 he was tired. Brilliant the 50 minutes in between. No options from John or elmo leaving him with either guilbert or Jack to play it to when on the right. But when he was on the left he lost the ball a lot fewer times just need to replace Taylor. 

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