I think there were a lot of people in the summer who were tallying him up as a LB, especially when the talk was sticking with 4 at the back more than 5. But I agree that a lot of us still didn't.Colly wrote: ↑Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:01 pmDoes anyone count Ritchie as an out and fullback? He's proved himself at wing back and that's why Bruce has had to put Hayden in as a 3rd CB given Lewis' injury. We could maybe bring in an extra CB to replace Lejeune (though given how often he's been fit over two seasons it's not a big change) but we are missing Clark, Schar and Dummett which would make a dent on any squad. No doubt whatsoever that we need to improve on Shelvey though as I've said ad infinitum for three seasons.Remember Colo wrote: ↑Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:21 pm
Late to the thread, but that was my thinking. He's not a LB, and I've never understood people when talking about the squad counting him as one. And Hayden's not CB either. I keep hearing we have depth in these positions and yet at least two players are out of position and it's only matchweek 3. None of this has even touched on the fact it's another week that highlights our CM isn't good enough - as it hasn't been for like 6 years (I'll keep beating that dead horse).
I was posting this prior to the penalty incident (honest) , but for all the doom and gloom and missing players we had it at 1-0 all game, which is exactly what we played for against the big teams with Rafa even without a massive injury issue among our ball playing defenders and ASM missing. I would never say "I'll take a 1-0" because it's still a loss (THINK OF THE GOAL DIFFERENCE) but it keeps you in the game and we've reaped the rewards whilst playing poorly against a good side.
And I agree with your second paragraph, that especially with the second half, they did more to hang around. Though with the Spurs fixture congestion right now, I wish we'd put them under more pressure and made them work a bit harder.