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September 24, 2017, 05:07:52 PM
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I think Baines is either being asked, or deciding for himself, that he needs to loiter further back to be cover for Williams.

If that's the case, he's not wrong.

Martina's attacking intent (which some are using as evidence that Baines is past it for some bizarre reason) keeps leaving us exposed. Led directly to the goal yesterday, as no-one covered for him while he kept trying to press further forward chasing the ball. That's not to say the goal was his fault, but the lack of cover cost us. Baines is too smart to get caught out like that, and quite possibly doesn't trust other players to cover him. As he continued to show yesterday, he still gets in good crosses when he can get into a forward position. The midfield doesn't like playing him in on the left, despite a regular habit of cross field balls to Martina. And he continues to get across the pitch covering for the rest of the defence.

Past it? He is still easily one of our best players. He is still lacking a decent partner on the left. Sig is either not up to being that player, or is being told to do other things instead. Rooney is capable of being that player, but is trying to play in at least six positions at once..

September 25, 2017, 06:56:55 PM
Reply #1


It's where Barry was great. He would read the game and move into the space vacated by the wing back so we're not left exposed. Gueye or Schneiderling should do the same
Fits. In Barry's first season, he played every game. Baines attacked all the time, created many chances. As Barry has played less, Baines has been forced to retreat. Last season, hardly any Barry, lots of Williams, Baines cannot get forward.

September 25, 2017, 06:58:51 PM
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McCarthy did that extremely well in Martinez' first season as well; it was a feature of how did so well and looked so good going forward at that time.
Deffo, the two of them freed Coleman and Baines who at times were passing to each other in attack and scoring, or creating goals for others.

October 01, 2017, 07:42:34 AM
Reply #3


Opta stats for chance creation so far:
Sig, Rooney and Baines all on 7.