Dele

It seems terribly English to focus on his nastiness as his main asset rather than his technical ability.

His problem is that he isn’t technically proficient enough when jt comes to close control/dribbling (like Tanguy), doesn’t have the passing range or awareness (like Gio), nor the pace to terrify the opposition or run away from trailing defenders (like Son).

For a guy who plays in the number 10 role he is severely lacking in many important departments. His lack of technique often leads him to slowing down quick attacks or just outright losing it. His main strength was arriving in the box at the right time but that isn’t enough anymore.

If the nastiness was the only issue, he’d have been alright.
Its not nasty thats just journalistic licence. Its competative edge. Do you know the very long list of less than complete technically accomplished players that made it to the very top. He has already proved he has the tools so it really cannot be that. Played for his country etc. You can quibble about the exact name for his issues but most have long concluded its about attitude and application. Not sure it gets resolved at Spurs, but it can most certainly be honed, and he used as an elite functional footballer.
 
Oh and can I take a moment to subvert the thread and shift focus to the nasty Ginger Ninja that is J. Pickford. Pretty sure Alli never really recovered from the deliberate shoing he took from Pickford who has now done the same to VVD. I wonder if Virgil will have some scouse thread chart his decline in the year to come.
 

Fattynomates

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Maybe - but he's clearly so far down Mourinho's list now. His value will only go down if he doesn't play. Surely we'd have been better off (and him too, frankly) with him playing for PSG.
He can play every Thursday , we have a hectic schedule coming up so he will get plenty of game time to prove to Jose he should be playing in the PL , if he doesn’t start Thursday then yeah I will agree he should have been loaned out
 
If PSG really wanted him then he would have gone, but they didn't.

Now he has one last opportunity to prove that he has a future here. Nobody on earth can deny that our attack exploded as soon as he was removed from the starting XI. Either he finds a role or he moves on.
 
So what do you do if you're Dele? Tricks and flicks to capture the hearts of the fans and pundits again or play it safe like Winks to escape attention for mistakes?
That’s the dilemma in these situations. If he plays it safe he’s just one of a number who can do an ok job. If he does the stuff that can hurt opposition, and it doesn’t come off, he will get cunted.
 

todd1882

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That’s the dilemma in these situations. If he plays it safe he’s just one of a number who can do an ok job. If he does the stuff that can hurt opposition, and it doesn’t come off, he will get cunted.
Dilemma? How about he does exactly what is needed in the situation it is called for while giving boundless effort in the areas of play that don't win you accolades ie the dirty work. And instead of trying to be the hero or center of attention with his play he instead decides to be a functional and reliable part of a team by doing the simple things and doing them repeatedly so that his teammates can do their jobs with the trust that he will do his. Do this and he will get back in good graces but 1 games' performance ain't gonna do it. He needs to do that ALL season to change minds of teammates and supporters.

But 2 losses of possession in our half of the MF with 1 leading to an attack and resulting corner (and considering our last outing this could have led to something we really didn't need) and delaying the simple ball to Sonny in order to try the more difficult hero cutback that was easily cut out is not what will change anyone's mind. And tonight he didn't have a nutmeg or penalty goal to bring the simple minded viewers out in his defense though they tried...right Guido Guido .
 
Dilemma? How about he does exactly what is needed in the situation it is called for while giving boundless effort in the areas of play that don't win you accolades ie the dirty work. And instead of trying to be the hero or center of attention with his play he instead decides to be a functional and reliable part of a team by doing the simple things and doing them repeatedly so that his teammates can do their jobs with the trust that he will do his. Do this and he will get back in good graces but 1 games' performance ain't gonna do it. He needs to do that ALL season to change minds of teammates and supporters.

But 2 losses of possession in our half of the MF with 1 leading to an attack and resulting corner (and considering our last outing this could have led to something we really didn't need) and delaying the simple ball to Sonny in order to try the more difficult hero cutback that was easily cut out is not what will change anyone's mind. And tonight he didn't have a nutmeg or penalty goal to bring the simple minded viewers out in his defense though they tried...right Guido Guido .
Surely he needs to do the things that elevated his career in the first place. There are 2 questions to that: i) does he now have the confidence to play that way with everything that's happened to him and ii) is that the way the current manager wants?

There's really no point in using him to play in a safe manner. There are others better equipped for that. If that's what the manager wants then Dele would be better elsewhere, for his sake and ours.
 
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