Cheers. Still hugely serviceable for us in our set up. Would be nice to have a proper and consistent contribution from that area of the pitch (in both directions).I think this, yes - based on what I've seen. And it seems to be the consensus of people who have followed his progress closely too.
Playing him regularly as an "8", with someone else in a more advanced position (in a 4-3-3 or in a 4-2-3-1) doesn't seem like a natural fit for him - he's a decidedly attacking midfielder (the most advanced in a 4-3-3 or the #10 in a 4-2-3-1) but one who contributes significantly in deeper areas (by frequently dropping down).