Don’t think Naismith belongs here. No purple patch or incredible-ness to be seen, just god deciding to play football for a bit.You had a couple like that, I swear. Stephen Naismith had like half a season where he was actually very good at football. Kevin Mirallas as well? Was a proper regular for Belgium for a while.
You must have super high standards if 14 G+A in 16 games is just decent.It’s still nothing extraordinary for me. Lingard has never got to a level that even the likes of Dele Alli got to. I just regard him as an average player who had the odd decent season for his standard.
Dude, your using a sample of 16 games. The OP said someone who’s gone from average to incredible. Even in those 16 games he wasn’t “incredible”.You must have super high standards if 14 G+A in 16 games is just decent.
You're right about Mbappe, but I think it's valid to suggest a box to box #8 playing with Lemar-Fabinho-Silva was in basically an optimal position to look good.No, he was good himself and then turned to shit after an injury while the other players actually reached a higher level. Also Mbappé was barely playing during Bakayoko's very good form, he had a concussion during the first game of the season and Jardim was wary to play him, the attack was mainly Germain with Falcao or someone else.
In theory probably but the reality of his season and Monaco's first months do not match with this. Bakayoko was good and he was good for no particular reason, it was a genuine purple patch that ended around December when he got injured and never came back to his new found level.You're right about Mbappe, but I think it's valid to suggest a box to box #8 playing with Lemar-Fabinho-Silva was in basically an optimal position to look good.
Scoring goals does not mean you're world class.Dani Güiza is one I remember. He always had the talent but was very average in terms of his output. He exploded in 2007 with Mallorca and went on to help Spain with the Euros, only to go back to being just OK again with Fenerbache and Getafe.
He was world class for about 18 months though.