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4 minutes ago, The_Ghost said:

That’s your subjective opinion.

I think he’s looked better than his direct competitors for that last CM spot basically every time he’s entered the pitch. 

That is my subjective opinion;) 

So for me, your comment isn’t valid for the claim I’m making because I think you are wrong. Ruben has shown enough to be given more time on the pitch. 

Fair enough.  I'm curious though.  For me, none of them have shown enough going forward, and only Kovacic enough without the ball.  
 

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bert19   
8 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

Fair enough.  I'm curious though.  For me, none of them have shown enough going forward, and only Kovacic enough without the ball.  
 

You could definitely apply this statement to Jorginho too....

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If Kepa doesn't play it will just feed into the press' narrative of us as a club and how we're falling apart etc. That said, if he plays they'll just say Sarri doesn't control the dressing room etc. We really can't win.

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paulw66   
12 minutes ago, My Blood Is Blue said:

If Kepa doesn't play it will just feed into the press' narrative of us as a club and how we're falling apart etc. That said, if he plays they'll just say Sarri doesn't control the dressing room etc. We really can't win.

The only way we might "win" is by winning the game. 

If we lose tomorrow and he has picked Kepa, it was a mistake, if he didn't pick him, it was a mistake. 

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Vinod   

The Spurs game is too critical. Punishments can wait. Kepa in. If Sarri wants to make a point, the Wolves and Fulham games will be perfect.

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BlueFizz   
5 hours ago, The_Ghost said:

Yes - Barkley is also a back-up player at best. With back-up I mean part of a 20 man outfield squad that plays a meaningful part. 

I'm living in the hope that the only barrier for RLC to not be our first choice CM8 has been his injuries. If it isn't, I'd critisise Sarri a lot for that decision. The lad is a natural. Technique is right up there, quick on the turn and great at recycling posession. Plus he actually wants to get into the box and is menacing when driving forward with the ball at his feet. 

I think he can be some player over the next few seasons. If he gets over his injury issues and gets a proper chance to prove himself. 

I think his back problems are close to ‘chronic’ - in that they resolve with rest, but never seem to be cured.

I remember Robben had a different chronic problem - we sent him to specialist all over Europe I recall: muscle specialists, posture experts etc.

If you add one or two unavoidable tackle/foul related traumas, then I think this accounts for his limited starts.

If he can’t sort put the back issue one worries for him long-term, whatever club he’s with.

If he can stay fit, great - he really ‘purrs’ on the ball these days.

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BlueFizz   
17 minutes ago, paulw66 said:

The only way we might "win" is by winning the game. 

If we lose tomorrow and he has picked Kepa, it was a mistake, if he didn't pick him, it was a mistake. 

Big club hits patchy form = media feeding frenzy.

Not just us - look at Arsenal at the end of Wenger’s reign, Utd under Jose...

You start winning, they get bored and back off.

Personally, I don’t give a fig for what the media says about us. Even the stuff they write when we’re on form is 99% uninformed, obvious rubbish.

IMO, serious football journalism in this country has more or less died, since Brian Glanville went. 

 

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12 minutes ago, BlueFizz said:

I think his back problems are close to ‘chronic’ - in that they resolve with rest, but never seem to be cured.

I remember Robben had a different chronic problem - we sent him to specialist all over Europe I recall: muscle specialists, posture experts etc.

If you add one or two unavoidable tackle/foul related traumas, then I think this accounts for his limited starts.

If he can’t sort put the back issue one worries for him long-term, whatever club he’s with.

If he can stay fit, great - he really ‘purrs’ on the ball these days.

Chronic or whatever, Robben had made 99 first team starts (+12 as sub) at the age of 20 before he joined us.
He then made another  47(+32) for us before leaving aged 23,  almost the exact age to a couple of days as RLC will be when he finishes this season.

RLC has made just 44 (+36) career appearances for us and Palace.  I don't think the chronic injury excuse holds up, or if it does, it sounds like there may be no solution, or way of controlling it.

(Moreover, while Robben has played fewer games per season than most in his time at RM and BM, he does always seem to be available for the big games when needed and gets rested for the smaller games.  Even now at 35 - ridiculously old for a speedy winger).

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1 hour ago, Droy was my hero said:

Fair enough.  I'm curious though.  For me, none of them have shown enough going forward, and only Kovacic enough without the ball.  
 

I’d agree with that. But out of the lot we have, I think Ruben has shown the most going forward. 

Kovacic the least. 

1 hour ago, bert19 said:

You could definitely apply this statement to Jorginho too....

Completely different role. You might argue we don’t need that role, that’s fair enough. 

But it’s a bit unfair to criticise him for playing the role he’s asked to play. 

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Hoping Loftus-Cheek starts aswell as odoi and Higuain wouldn’t change the defence  can see Sarri dropping kepa for this game 2-2 the result hazard and Loftus-Cheek the scorers well that’s what I've bet 

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