2021/22 Niels Nkounkou

allezlesbleus

Player Valuation: £35m
….agree, it was amazing what a difference a cool head with outstanding ability to keep possession made. We reverted to a flat back four which also helped but Digne was terrific when he came on.
I would add that Nkounkou had Branthwaite on his side when we had 3 centre backs on playing 3 at the back. So that was quite an inexperienced pairing and Branthwaite looked a bit nervous and uncomfortable with some of the balls he was getting from Bergovic. They ALL looked happier with the flat back four once we went to that. I would persist in giving Nkounkou some game time because I like the way he goes forward but he is still raw IMO. I think he would benefit from some games with an experienced left back behind him but that would block Digne getting up the pitch quite a lot I suppose.
 

Eggs

Player Valuation: £70m
I would add that Nkounkou had Branthwaite on his side when we had 3 centre backs on playing 3 at the back. So that was quite an inexperienced pairing and Branthwaite looked a bit nervous and uncomfortable with some of the balls he was getting from Bergovic. They ALL looked happier with the flat back four once we went to that. I would persist in giving Nkounkou some game time because I like the way he goes forward but he is still raw IMO. I think he would benefit from some games with an experienced left back behind him but that would block Digne getting up the pitch quite a lot I suppose.

….largely agree but not entirely with the thought that Nkounkou could limit Digne getting forward. On the contrary, it might actually give him a bit more scope if the opposition is preoccupied with Nkounkou. Worth a try.
 

messymascot

Player Valuation: £35m
If we were playing under Martinez he would already be playing as he loved a full back who turned up in the oppositions 6 yard box. However in reality he needs to learn a bit more about defending. Not sure on the winger shouts as it's easier to find space to run into when you are a FB or WB as you are less tightly marked. There is potential there this is why we could have done with that conference league to give him some game time.
 

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