I've been paying a bit more attention to Alex lately, he seems to have stepped up his game alot since the turn of the year and I think there's a few issued to add to suggestions already made.
I'll start off with current discussions..
I think it's clear that he's faster over a longer distance, not so great at bursting off the spot. I do feel inclined to stick to the suggestion of 80
but a 79
could work too.
There were a few varied values suggested and although I agree it needs to come down I feel we were a little harsh on him. I also know we have to be careful right now and not just judge him on his very good run of form. I agreed before but I'm not sure going down to 78
is right.. looking at the ladder I'd say a 79
I still think 78
is a tad too high but agree that my 74 suggestion may just have been under-estimating him a bit. He is capable of being a very decent passer on his day but mostly opts for simple sideways/backwards passes. I feel that a 76
does suit him well on a "normal" day.
Spaceman suggested a 75
.. I'm sort of undecided on this. He's certainly improved his passing over the season and I do feel he's become more adept at picking out little passes over the top and generally his passes across field are better. That being said, I do feel he can perform these with a 73 for LPA.. more comment here would be better.
The talk of Response got me thinking a bit more. His ability to intercept and read the game has improved this season aswell. I do agree that this could go up to 82
, but if we do this I feel we need to look at another area which leads me to a few of my own suggestions..
While his Response has improved I feel he's getting himself out of position more often. I think this is due, in part, to the fact that he's also upped his work rate. He's no Mascherano but he seems to chase around alot more now, pressurising the player on the ball but leaving open spaces in the middle of the pitch. It's not just this but he can be a bit soft in the tackle sometimes also, resulting in him not coming away with the ball. Don't get me wrong I know he's good defensively but I'm starting to feel it's more of a Response/Mentality thing rather than a positioning/tackling thing.
I feel we could bring his Att/Def ratio a bit closer, he's become more comfortable attacking this season and seems to be a bit more intelligent in the oppositions half. I'm not suggesting anything drastic here but P. Neville has a 66 for Attack and I feel Song could sit level or 1 above. Also looking at the Defence ladder for DM/CM I do think he could come down a point or two but only if there were to be a Response raise.
I don't want to put forward any concrete values for my suggestions yet, just wanted some views on them
Alf Ramsey: "I'll be watching you for the first 45 minutes and if you don't work harder I'll pull you off at halftime."
Rodney Marsh: "Crikey Alf, at Manchester City all we get is an orange and a cup of tea."