- Dec 28, 2018
ETH's game is based on quick and intelligent off-the ball movement and smart runs (TIFO have done two good videos on this recently for reference) and VdB is one of the smartest players around when it comes to movement. When you look at our other attackers, Rashford, Bruno and Ronaldo, they are always getting in each others way in that left zone outside the box. VdB actually makes space for others and can work in very tight areas. His major problem in my eyes is that he's misunderstood as a player. He's simply not a pivot. Bruno has been our most impactful player since he's arrived but he can be brain dead at times when you just need to control the game and he's launching .0000000001xG shots from outside the box or even executing simple passes poorly when we just need circulation or spacing. I think as the team improves, the reliance on Bruno should naturally reduce. A bit like how Grealish is perceived to be struggling since his move to City. It's probably not that he's worse, it's just that there are better options all around the pitch.Why would you think Ten Haag would rate VDB good enough for the new level he is managing at.
Also where in Ten Haag's football system does VDB and Bruno play in the same midfield? Just a general question. Obviously I believe VDB and Bruno cannot play together in a midfield 3 or that VDB is good enough for a top class Premier League pivot.