- Apr 17, 2014
It really is funny. In the first half he was constantly looking to make things happen. What do people want him to do if there is no final third passing option? You saw him receive the ball with his back facing the goal and then would turn to face the goal often times dribbling to find an opening. People then say he's not taking responsibility if he passes it back despite trying to look for an opening.Don't really see how anyone could have thought he was poor last night. I thought he was good throughout. Very neat and tidy in difficult conditions and one of the few players looking to make something happen. He holds onto the ball a bit too long at times but when nobody is making runs or giving him any options I don't see how this is avoidable. Its definitely preferable to just whacking aimless balls into the box.
In the 2nd half he was trying to make things happen, but that seemed more like he was dithering on the ball compared to the first half. He resorted to either dribbling or crossing which if it works, fans will praise. If it doesn't work, fans will say he's frustrating. Either way, from a wide position those are his two instincts. I personally preferred his 1st half and looked more mature in that position. He can easily find passes in the final third if there is one to be made. The only blemish in the first half was the lack of shooting which he obviously should have done.
edit: btw, that januzaj touch video is missing some of his touches from the 1st half.