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Gomes - dictate the tempo and the play. When pressed he can ease it out getting the pace down. Creativity - when we win the ball Gomes can actually pass the ball and make the good runs from wingers be of any importance. He is fantastic with the ball in his feets. He can drible 1-3 players. For me Gomes is absolutely one of the best midfielders in PL and I think that former players, now being pundits is quite right about their admiration of him. We badly miss him. If Gomes is not good at anything I dont know what Arteta was good at either...Davies - have no clue about his strengths. He is kind of decent at everything. Not sure if he ever will be the player people hope for. And as you said - what do they actually hope for?Sigurdsson - dedication and work rate. Free-kicks and sometimes very short passes in high speed.Morgan - funny that one. At Southampton he was like Idrissa Gueye. For us he has had one fantastic game - I think it was against United where he was absolutely everywhere. For me - a proof that you shouldnt buy failures at the biggest clubs.Delph - composure.Overall: Except Gomes none of the above has any creativity and even more worringly none of the above actually have any defensive skills either. You are making a good point The Ram.
This is your (and others I've seen) problem. You're looking at Gbamin as a replacement for Gana as more than just a like-for-like positional one. Assuming JPG was simply going to be the next Gana is setting yourself up for disappointment. How many DMs of Gana's quality exist in the world? 5? 10 tops? None who cost £23m that's for sure. And Gbamin is 24; Gana is 30. Give it some time.It's borderline impossible to compare JPG in Bundesliga vs Gana in the EPL. Different opponents, styles of play, etc. From a pure individual comparison perspective, Gbamin has historically produced about 2/3-3/4 of what Gana has.
That’s assuming that JPG was bought as a direct replacement for Gueye and his style of play or to adapt to a different style. Obviously we’ll never know now
Well, wasnt he bought as a replacement? Silva himself stated it...
I'm just going to ignore any Gomes conversations now, but we aren't going to see him til next season and even then are we going to get him back at his already average level? Probably not. Be sensible for once, move on, replace, be pleased if he's able to contribute meaningfully in the future.
In the team yes. Not necessarily as that specific role where Gueye buzzed everywhere.
Its fair to criticise me, Its fair to say I have ridicolous opinons but to say that Gbamin was bought for the first team and not to replace Gana and his defensive position in the midfield is purely denying any discussions at all. If Thats where we are - we kind of did replace Lukaku too with i.e Gylfi Sigurdsson. And in an amateur way we actually did. I remember the club talking about replacing Lukaku with hundreds of players that together could replace Lukakus goals. One player out - four players in. Gbamin was without discussion bought to fill the void left after Ganas departure. Cant even understand we are actually discussing that. An it was a downgrade. Where Yankeeblue is correct is that Gana was unreplaceable for Everton, just like Lukaku was. I would never expect a replacement as good as Gana, but I did expect better than Gbamin. Klopp actually once wanted the fellow, but dropped out as he wanted him as a defender and Gbamin wants to play midfield (if to believe rumours)
In this circular argument you persist in going round & round on...who do you think we could have gotten to actually replace Gana, from a DM position AND Gana-level skill set?
What I’m trying to say is, if there was no one who could directly replace Gana Gueye like for like then the person brought in might have been a different type of DM to play a different type of game - surely you see that is a feasible argument? More of a ball playing DM?
Don't mind Delph, Decent squad option and utility player. Quite effective when he's used in a smart way, like changing the game at Newcastle. Not good enough to be our first choice midfielder though. We need better first choice midfielders, so the likes of Delph can do his job as a squad player but that's not Delph's fault.
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