I got a lot of stick for being negative to our signings this summer. I felt very uncomfortable about loosing Gana and replace him with Gbamin and Delph. I think we all agree we didnt have a good window this summer but it did actually get worse than I excpected due to injury on our most important asset - Gomes.
We signed Gbamin that showed nothing of promise against Crystal Palace and the other one or two matches before getting injured. I still believe he is nothing close to Ganas quality and that he will not solve any problem. I was very negative to Delph due to him being injuryprone but must admit that for me he at least has something to offer. He is not a world beater but he has the composure and passing range that Tom Davies i.e misses.
Against Newcastle Delph changed the game making us ease of pressure as we started getting more and longer period of possession.
I think we just have to admit that a players quality at this level seldom can be defined as bad or good. It depends on succeeding in playing them at their best position together with the right players. Last night none of the players worked - but remember we were set up to not play our own game - just destroy Cityīs.
On topic; like some others I thought Delph had a decent game and commented elsewhere that IMO he was the only midfielder who could at the very least say he did he job yesterday. It's clear here knows how to play that position and he did so in perfectly acceptable fashion IMO.
Off topic; regarding Gbamin, you serious Clark? For starters you don't even seem to know how many games he's played (for the record it was 1 vs Palace, and 45' vs Watford before injuring his knee). The Palace game was on Aug 10, EIGHT days after he signed his contract and only 1 month after Ivory Coast's final match in the ACON. I remember his very first comments after joining EFC when he told Silva her didn't believe he was fit and ready to go yet. But, devoid of options, he got thrown into his first EPL match as a starter anyway. And yet somehow Palace didn't score, and neither did Watford. Anyway, your opinion is a pretty easy one to dismiss here.