freshie wrote:How far do you think Diaz is from the first team squad? Been excellent tonight
He is excellent but the standouts for me tonight were Smith before being subbed, Luke Bolton and one I think is every bit s easy on the eye as Diaz......Foden.
I think if Foden ends up with a physique that can take the rigours of the Premiership, then he even more than Diaz, strikes me as having the Silva football brain.
Great game to watch. A few I hadn't really seen before like Coveney. My first good look at Bolton....a great work rate from him.
Strange thing to say after a dominant 6-0, but I am really liking what I see of Muric thd keeper. He oozes and inspires confidence.
I await Dougs thoughts.
What can I say! That is why I love watching the 18's play, it's just great to see the weay they go about the game.
I was happy tonight to see us start with a real center forward and allow Diaz to play from deeper. But just look at the team we sent out. Like the first team we had a front 5 in a way full of attacking intent. In theory a front 3 of Bolton,Sancho and Nmecha but the two wide players still put in a great shift gettinbg back into defensive positions and Luke especially get back to win plenty of the ball back.
Diaz and Foden also put a stint in but when these guys get on the ball they are a delight to watch. Some of the goals tonight were ridiculous in their quality but I have to say in also tells you something about the Stoke defensive quality..
Diaz and Foden do that sort of the thing a lot even if doesn't always result in a goal. Both can wrong foot a player so well and just travel with the ball sublimely. Sancho of course does the same and although not directly involved in a goal tonight which is unusual he was still a threat and worked hard for the team.
One of the best games I have seen for ages for Nmecha. 3 top goals ( one glaring miss ) and he keeps reminding me of Harry Kane in his desire to attack the defence and get shots away. He plays with a lot of aggression when he gets on the ball and can shoot with both feet as he showed tonight.
How about Matt Smith again tonight. Seriously good not just in mopping up and stopping attacks but his passing, short and long and his reading of the game. So impressed but he was still taken off to give last seasons player of the year a few more minutes playing time. Davenport also played very well I thought.
At the back I thought they all did well and although Stoke were a bit limited in their approach with the 2 big guys I thought we coped well. Two shots off the woodwork I know but over the 90 minutes a good job by the 2 center backs and I like the way Muric wants to come and claim crosses.
Duhaney showed there is plenty to his game defensively and attacking and his goal was just insane. Well done to Wilson on the left. A real competitor who gives everything and hepls Sancho with good support attacking.
Just couldnt find fault tonight. Sad that Lattibeaudierre was injured but it shows we have plenty of qualityin the squad. The bench considering the level we are playing at was awesome. Diallo,Dele Bashiru,Gonzalez,Davenport and no room for Frimpong, Poveda, Rosler,Pozo all of whom have been putting in top performances for the 18's this season.
What a pleasure to watch them play.