- Jan 23, 2020
OK, he has 26 appearances, and minutes enough to have played almost 12 full games. I know it's harder to get something done in 15min of a game than say a full half. But he has been taken off after 45 some times for not doing anything to affect the match.Mentioning number of games as a proof of someone being frozen out or not , imagine if he played 90 games for us x 1min per game, people would claim he is on the same level as starter.
In that time he has 1 goal and 1 assist.
You can of course argue that certain other players who start more often have struggled to contribute with G/A as well, but take Greenwood as an example, up until recently he didn't have a challenger on the right wing, it was some times Rashford if we wanted Martial on the left with Cavani up top. Recently James has looked fresher and has got a run, and hopefully more Amad soon. Martial plays CF when Cavani is injured/rested, as Greenwood needs to bulk up first, and in general has been lacking as mentioned above.
Bruno is usually the first on the team sheet, and the remaining 2 midfield places are the most contested in the team now when everyone is fit. If you aren't a regular starter it will be harder to get into the rotation, but he has gotten chances from start as well as impactsub, and so far he has failed to impress. He looks scared out there, and 9 out of 10 times he will send the pass straight back to who he got it from.
He has looked at his best when playing at the same time as Mata and other technical players that can sneak a ball to him as he runs past defenders, but most of the time he occupies space outside of the 16m, and almost always has his back to the goal.
Henderson gets his shot at a run now as David is out for 6 games, he has a chance to impress. Unless he screws up a lot it can get tough for De Gea to get back to the #1 spot.
When VdB has gotten chances he hasn't impressed.
I hope we can get a proper pre-season where he gets to feature a lot in the friendlies. Hopefully next season will be better for him as it would be nice to rest Bruno a bit more.