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Discussion in 'Player Performances' started by Falastur, 11 Jun 2016.
He is more mobile than Gareth Barry,and he hasnt done too badly for himself.
Can he really provide competition for either Silva, KDB or Dinho?
Keeping him in our squad is pointless IMO. The equivalent of a Delph or Fernando signing. Not at the level we aspire to. Would rather see A.Garcia get his minutes instead.
His stock is high and there was apparently a bid of 10m for him in January. If Huddersfield get promoted he will be first on their transfer list, if not they'll be other PL suitors. Sell him, take the profit and invest it in a player like Isco.
I am suggesting that if we trimmed the squad down to 17 senior players irrespective of where they were from and ignoring the ability to use more than 17 through; youth, AT and CT players it would not be enough. So I agree having those AT players is essential however in the grand scheme of things we have too many players around the first team.
RE the midfielders - they have different approaches to the same job. They might have a preference for sitting a bit deeper in Garcia’s case or higher up the pitch in Mooy’s case but its all a bit irrelevant as we play a 4.3.3. and they would in all probability be asked to play in the middle 3. We would always have much quicker specialist front 3 players and none of them are going to do a No10 type roll given the other players we have in the squad (Silva, KDB, etc). So in my eyes they are all competing for a midfield roll behind a front 3, alongside the likes of Yaya, Gundogan, Silva, KDB, Fernadinho, Fernnado. All of whom have very different attributes and qualities that they bring to the team but at the same time all of whom compete for the same limited midfield starting spots. It looks like too many in my eyes so I don’t see how Mooy gets in unless we have a significant clear out.
I don't understand why some people are saying he is not at a level we aspire to. As we've seen with Nasri, players of the level we aspire to are unwilling to play back up to the stars in our squad. Would I prefer to have a player like Nasri over Mooy? Of course - if Nasri was committed. It is a squad game and it is unrealsitic for us to expect that all the players are world class. So we need players who can do a job and fill in when required, who are not world class but keep us ticking over. Mooy, I feel can do that and offer a bit more than our current options (Delph and Fernando). I would love it if Mooy and Garcia can replace both those two next season.
Mooy assists former city lad Tommy Smith to score the winning goal against Villa...
'Twas just a pass from a corner :-)
Yeah but you're missing out on the vision to pick that pass out! ;)
Great that he's tearing up the Championship, but that does not whatsoever mean he will do the same here. I'm fine with Pep giving him his fair shot in the preseason but if I had to guess a Championship or newly promoted club will probably make a bid for him next summer and we most definitely will be making a profit.
Mooy lines up again for Australia tonight (Oz time) in a pretty significant world cup qualifier. Australia have made things difficult for themselves with four straight draws. Mooy assisted the only goal in the last match from a corner, and was pretty much the only bright spark in an otherwise turgid game, even thought he had an off game (by his standards). I think that probably had more to do with the pitch than anything else.
From living near Hull I've managed over the years to get to a fair few of their matches, and to use Huddlestone as a comparison, I don't see where this extra pace is for most of the premier league. Huddlestone had a lot less time on the ball in the championship because everyone runs around snapping each other, he's a lot more successful in the premier league where he's been able to get more time on the ball.
Pace is, at least in the prem, only important down the wings. The likes of Barry, Huddlestone, Sigurdasson and Erikson are all slower or about as pacey as Mooy and they all seemingly do fine. If he was a winger I'd be worried but down the middle it's not a problem.