Can we address the elephant in the room...
4 goals and 6 assists in 61 games across all competitions and internationals last season.
Is 1 in 10 really enough? If all he does is pass to the person who does the actual work then why are we paying so much for FdJ.
13 goals, 23 assists in 230 total professional games all clubs. 91.4% pass accuracy, 12 MOTM so about 5% of the time and this is only marginally better than 1/22 so he barely outshines the average if there are no stand outs.
Per game defensive
1.3 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.6 fouls, 0.1 offside, 0.8 clearances, 0.6 dribbles, 0.1 blocks, 0 o.g.s
0.5 shots, 1.2 key passes, 1.7 dribbles, 1.2 fouled, 0.8 dispossessed, 0.9 bad control
64.6, 0.1 crosses, 2.2 long ball, 0.1 through balls
This player is no Michael Carrick. He also isn't a DM. He isn't a destroyer. He isn't a Pirlo..
He is basically the one missing element from Fred and McTominay...he can do simple passes effectively! Is this really enough?
Maybe stats isn't enough.
I've not watched loads of him and the passing aspect was the key thing I was sure we needed, but now I'm left questioning if this is really a stand out player worth this kind of money.