Agreed. There has been plenty of opportunities to criticise Lindelof. This is not one of them. He did lose the ball in dangerous areas a couple of time though. But I was actually impressed with his build up play and ability to cooperate on the left flank.Given how involved Lindelof was in the build up to the winner, I suppose I can't criticise him too much. However, he has developed a terrible habit of winning the ball and giving it straight back to the opposition attackers. He did it against Brentford, which led to their goal. He did it again last night, which started the move that ended with a Sheff Utd penalty. Something very panicky about him at the moment.
And he even had the nerve to complain in the summer that he wasn't playing enough and he would see his optionsAnother player who has far outstayed his welcome at the club. We keep tolerating mediocrity by keeping players who’re clearly not good enough for the highest level for years, and then expect to challenge for trophies.
He's not a left back though so it's hard to judge him against a nippy player like Foden. Leaving Haaland open back post was the worst thing he did but, again, he naturally moved centrally to cover there.Lindelof is terrible. He really is. There was a moment around 47 minutes that typified him. He looked twice over his shoulder for Foden, saw him and then just stopped keeping pace with him and let Foden run past him and nearly volley it in. He loses his man at the far post, constantly. I don't know what it is because he does look around. Its like he just switches off. His habit of intercepting the ball and passing it right back to opponents is also doing my head in.
But our great manager said its tactical. Maybe ETH is equally useless? How we still have Lindelof at the club is beyond me. We dont have any decent young defenders?Just so poor. With him in the backline you just know the oppo's CF will win any high balls and be able to bring the ball down into play.