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August 30, 2017, 10:06:52 PM
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I feel for Holgate. He plays one bad defensive header against City and Sterling smashes the ball into net, towards the end of an otherwise pristine performance against one of the best attacking sides in the world.

Meanwhile, against Split, Martina plays sloppy passes into the winger pressing him, bombs forward when there's no angle for him to receive the ball (leaving the entire right side open behind him), lets his man get goal side of him on what should have been a simple throw-in to defend, wanders into the middle of the box leaving his winger in tons of space on the far side when a cross beats everybody, and somehow comes out unscathed. He's a ticking time bomb defensively.

He's certainly quick and he's good at drilling in first time crosses. But defensively, he's all over the place in a way that I find genuinely terrifying. He seems like a good guy and he's done incredibly well to grind his way up to a club at our level but I don't want to see him on the team sheet. We're too good to have a player this bad defensively at right back.

For those of you who can handle the defensive madness... you're much stronger than I am.
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September 24, 2017, 07:43:04 PM
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He has some value as a wing back but every time he starts in a back four, I die a little inside.

Watch their goal again. Martina chases the ball to the edge of their defensive third, the defender slips a pass around him, and Bournemouth have an instant advantage going forward. Holgate, Schneiderlin, and Williams did poorly during that sequence but it's a big ask for them to cover all of the space Martina vacated in hopeful pursuit of the ball. If Jonjoe Kenny was that clueless tactically, he wouldn't be picked for the England U20s, let alone Everton.

He's Koeman's player but I'm blaming Steve Walsh for this. If he has as much influence over transfers as we're led to believe, he should have said "absolutely not" when Koeman brought him the name. You only have to watch a handful of games to see that this guy can't defend.