Unpopular opinion time on AWB.....

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One of the best defensives RBs in the league.
If we get a proper RW, we will hardly notice his short comings in attack.
Not sure - if we get a proper RW we’ll more likely end up incredibly frustrated that he’s being supported by such a mediocre full-back who prevents him getting the most out of the position.
 

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Yes but you don't have to spend £50m to get a lot better than we had, when what we had was Ashley Young.

It's like saying £50k for a Vauxhall Corsa is justified, because you've been riding a bicycle for your entire life.
Kyle Walker went for £50m two years ago and starts for one of the best attacking sides in Europe.
 

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Not sure - if we get a proper RW we’ll more likely end up incredibly frustrated that he’s being supported by such a mediocre full-back who prevents him getting the most out of the position.
Possibly, however the lads young and is only going to get better.
If we introduce a top RW it could only improve AWBs game I feel.
 

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he has been poor since his Bournemouth mistake. before that, it was almost impossible for attackers to make crosses from his side. of recently, they find it easier to get behind him and he is constantly out of position. maybe is because of the change in our team shape. when teams attack us, he move closer to the central position probably to narrow the inner channels because of our weaker midfield. if we get a progressive manager, it won't take long before he is replaced by Laird.
 

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The more I think on it, would it make much difference if he was able to put balls into the box anyway? are attackers are lazy and tend not to get into the box often enough to be that effective, the number of times James has put lovely crosses into the box only for there to be no one there I have lost count.
 

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It's a pity we didn't have James and Lukaku playing together.
 

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All this sudden rush of love for Rafael Da Silva is laughable. He could not defend - the polar opposite of AWB. We need a hybrid - the current modern full-back that can defend solidly, then support the wide forward in an overlap/overload. Rafael was far, far too attacking and got caught out too many times. Defensively weak. some people have clouded and short memories.
 
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It's a pity we didn't have James and Lukaku playing together.
I am far from a Lukaku fan but yeah, for sure I think Lukaku would have had a decent tally by now had James been at the club sooner with the crosses he has put in since the start of the season , personally I feel question marks still remain over Rashford, and as for Martial he leaves a lot to be desired I feel personally.

Again they are both young and can improve if they knuckle down.
 

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Overall i like the guy and he's a big upgrade on what we had (although that's damning with faint praise), but i can't help but think there's been little regression from him lately. It's not all on him, because i think the same of Maguire. The attacking side of his game is very poor, but we knew that and that's something he has to improve on. But even the defensive side of his game seems like it's lacking to me. Out of position now and then. Not closing down quick enough. It's not just him, of course - the whole defence has been poor.
 

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Jesus guys.
He is here since 3 months and people are writting him off already?

As many said, he is the least of your problems. So lets not discuss about him.
 

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He looks really uncomfortable trying to attack. No finesse to his crossing or passing, he can’t beat a man with any technical bit of skill. Unless he picks any of that up he will never be a top tier level right back. He should be putting in an hour a day extra training just on crossing alone.
 

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I have stuck to my guns from the off on this. He's a very good tackler with his spider like legs but on the ball I don't even think he's in the top 10 right backs in the league let alone Europe. £50m seems like a hell of a lot of money for someone who can tackle.

What else is he offering? Looks petrified when the ball comes his way. I heard someone on a fan cam call him the best right back in the league earlier today. Can we stop this nonsense right now? He's not even close. You have to be able to play football too and he can't quite frankly.
Defensively very solid. Isn’t that still the primary task of a fullback, and where City, Pool and Barca often get caught out when their FB’s get caught out defensively ?

I know his attacking play isn’t CURRENTLY anything to write home about BUT we see him often trying to overlap and getting in attacking positions. With the right coaching and management I’m certain he’ll become good at attacking too and even better at defending.

TL: DR kids still young. His a defender first and attacker second, whereas some FB are attackers first and defenders second...good coaching can drastically improve the bit that their second at.