Neither Herrera or Matic are in the class I'm talking about, but what's important to note about Matic is that he really fell off a cliff here rather quickly with a swift decline that has meant he can cater only to his own game and not be a masterful player in control of what he does whilst having eyes on others. Matic has struggled to keep up with the play for a full game for a long time now, so it'd be very hard to dictate to others when he can't even get what he needs to done over 90 minutes.He has had Herrera and Matic. They both are pretty close to class players. Then Carrick has been his coach for years, as good as DM/CM you could find in the last decade.
McTom has been on the side for years. And under Ole, most of his duty is screening the defence. The sample size is so huge that he's bad to average at doing it. I'm sure over those years, he's been coached on how to do defensive side. Now i'm not sure what kind of coaching will make a difference.
But it's better than nothing, i guess. Which is sad, after spending ~430m in 3 summers, we still have McTom's class as DM (and Fred as the other one).
I'd say it's a real concern if the masterplan was/is to turn McTominay into a DM when all his instincts and energy are in stark contrast to the discipline, intelligence and concentration needed to play the role.
To the bolded, no, I don't think it is - forcing a round peg into a square hole in a team who already have mammoth problems in the centre of the pitch is compounding problems not alleviating them - it'll also lead to McTominay being slaughtered for his errors and lack of nous at a time when he needs his confidence building. If he had a modicum of aptitude for the role, it'd make sense, but he's barely aware of his two-way duties as a CM, let alone a defensive midfielder whose entire game is structured around doing the right things at the right times whilst maintaining extremely high levels of ball retention when winning it back. None of those things are McTominay.
With all the money spent on surplus, it makes no sense to me why it wasn't diverted to the centre of the pitch. Diallo, Pellestri, Van de Beek plus the plethora of contract renewals and extensions could have gotten us one top notch player or two very good ones, and instead we hear talk of putting an instinctively attacking player into arguably the most critical role on the pitch.