FA cup winners 2006 wrote:iwasthere2012 wrote:FA cup winners 2006 wrote:Mase wrote:Surely if this guy is amazing and class and POTY he doesn't need a season to "fit in" with the team?
Some player gave an interview last season (maybe Walker) and he said that at first Pep absolutely bombards you with information but when you have time to take it in, apply it in training over and over again, it eventually comes good in matches and it is then easy and second nature.
In Pep's first season, it took a long time for some of our established premier league players to get a handle on this game plan. Mahrez will be no different.
The more minutes he gets on the pitch, the better he will become
And then we’ll love him.
For now though, he’s a bit, meh!
and the only way he will get to the level required is by playing games and learning from his mistakes.
From his time at Leicester, it's clear he has the qualities. Good touch, can beat players at speed, can score, good decision making, can take games by the scruff of the neck and get the team over the line.
I don't think pep expects any player to come in and hit the ground running but he will be by January
The one thing I’d disagree with there, is the good decision making part.
I think that’s what has really let him down so far.
Shooting when he should pass, missing difficult passes, giving it to the opposition when he should recycle the easy ball and start again.
This could be impatience that he will need to learn, but I sometimes wonder has he the head for our game.
But, give him time. He’s not on his own.
Walker could still do with slowing down and taking a second before deciding on play but he’s much better than he was.
Mendy could do with knuckling down and absorbing how we do things too.
Best example of course is Bernardo.
Look at him now compared to the start of last season. But I always thought Bernardo looked to have all the raw material including a good football brain. I’m not convinced by Mahrez yet, but hoping to be proved wrong.