- Sep 19, 2012
I mostly agree with you except I didn't his performance was all that poor today. However, his impact in the offensive side of things has just diminished a lot. He still makes a few great cross field passes - one or two of which released Assaidi today. On the most part though, I think he isn't as used to playing the quick, neat passing game and so play breaks down quite often when he gets it in the final third. I would like to see Shelvey given more opportunity to play as the AM and also see Sahin given more chance to dictate the game. When Stevie plays, I get the feeling that both of these players have to let him do more things and it is sort of holding them back a bit because Stevie gets more of the ball and players back off to let him do more, when he isn't on the field, Shelvey and Sahin assert a lot more leadership and take the game by the scruff of the neck more.[sub]To be honest, I wouldn't even play Gerrard on Sunday. He's been pretty ordinary to downright awful most of the season.[/sub]
Not saying that the captain has been horrible, just that he still seems to be struggling to find his best position in the system and at times, his reputation amongst his peers is probably making it harder for other midfielders to play their game to their highest potential.