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Discussion in 'Player Performances' started by blightee, 13 Aug 2016.
Do you think this was by design or through necessity?
Premier League only, since Clichy arrived at the start of the 11/12 season :
Clichy 138 apps, 2 goals, 10 assists
Kolarov 141 apps, 11 goals, 20 assists
So neither has been "preferred" to any extent, it's probably fair to say that if the manager wanted a defensive LB he chose Clichy, though his defending has deteriorated in the last couple of years but if the manager wanted an attacking threat he chose Kolarov, nobody could surely argue against Kolarov being the better attacker.
If Kompany was fit? Of course we wouldn't have seen as much of Kolarov at CB but he did a solid job in a position he hadn't played before, why are so many ready to get on his case all the time?
It doesn't really matter as the end result was he did it ok
But defenders are brought to defend primarily. What are the goals conceded when both played? Also I'm not getting on his case as I don't personally know him, it's just an opinion on a football forum with no harm or malice intended..
So why did Clichy finish out the season when Kolarov didn't play that much after Vinny came back?
You've probably answered your own question, Pep rates Kolarov at CB, but not at LB, I thought he looked far better there too, with Vinny back he was on the bench.
For the last six or seven years, our full backs have been generally encouraged to get forward and support the attack, especially at home - so their attacking abilities are definitely relevant.
Goals conceded - Kolarov 112, Clichy 126 - again only including PL games from 11/12 onwards when both players were at the club.
Are those matches full or including substitute appearances?
I thought he was OK, but there was always the threat of him being caught out with a lightening attack because of his lack of pace which happened a few times...
IMO having pace is essential in a system like ours which is what Pep highlighted in a frustrated post-match interview he gave this season. Some players can make up for the lack of pace with their speed of thought, would you say Kolarov falls into that category?
The goals conceded stats are from the PL site, I assume they refer to goals conceded while the player is on the pitch. The appearance stats will most likely include those off the bench.