Player Valuation: £8m
Keeps the ball moving so well. No surprise we slowed down so much when he went off. He just needs to up his energy and intensity off the ball in my opinion but I think he could be a real player.
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He was excellent tonight though.
But yes, he did tire notably after the break. As they all did.
And that was purely down to Schneiderlin going off.
Which is why we're going to massively miss Barry.
I felt a goal was coming just when he was taken off and our performance fell off a cliff from that point on.
There's large spells where I was watching him and he literally does nothing and doesn't offer himself and I'm not sure what he s there for and then suddenly he just pops a lovely pass or ball and you know something up top is ticking in that blonde balding bonce of his.
He's got something for sure and he just needs to show it more regularly I think. A goal would settle him down as well, after all he has been signed to create and bag around 8/10 himself.
If someone with more time/skill than me puts a montage together (complete with dodgy Euro tunes) of his performance tonight, then there's loads to admire.
He made some brilliant runs off the ball out to the wings. His link up play was outstanding. His pressing great.
As you say, the one thing he's lacking at the moment is a goal, but it'll come.