If you listen to Lallana he will tell you it’s RDZ that makes every player feel like a million dollars constantly pushing you in the right way to excel. On the plane back from away games RDZ goes from player to player telling them how to improve all in a positive way. Jason Steele is another example a bang average keeper happy to take part in training for a few quid every week now playing incredibly well as 1st choice keeper for a top ten PL side.I wonder if Solly is making one last attempt to get an England cap or just has a insatiable desire to play with the Albion in Europe?
Something is certainly burning strong within.
Keep it going lad, you're special to us all.
Right coach, right team mates, right frame of mind, confidence and belief. I don’t think it’s a transformation as such, his all round game and contribution has always been good, he’s just hit 28, peak physical and mental ability for a footballer, and now he believes he’s going to score when he gets a chance. Long may it continue.When I see Solly's transformation I wonder just how many other players are out there just waiting for the right coach to make them world beaters.
Solly is perceived a bit like Gross. When things aren't going well, when there is little movement around them, they can look a bit ponderous, sometimes wasteful. Both of them however, when the team dynamic around them is full of confidence and rapid movement shine because they have always had that quality. Solly has undoubtedly gained a huge amount of belief in front of goal, but managers throughout his career here have believed in him, the quality has been there, what he appears to have now is that confidence and belief and a team around him to make it happen.Transformation is the correct word to describe his performance level now. He was a perennial waster, passes sideways and backwards, rarely taking on his man, rarely getting a cross or corner into danger areas... goal misses a key feature....... but..... all forgotten this season, he looks stronger and more confident... job done RDZ. Only problem might be that he could get poached.... not necessarily a top 4 team, but a team that will double his wages possibly.
My choice for player of the season at this pointVery telling that when I'm reading tweets along the lines of "Who would you like to see Southgate pick in the England squad?", lots of fans of other clubs are now suggesting Solly.
Always knew he was a superb technical footballer. It just took somebody to activate Confidence Mode inside his head. He was one of our best for pretty much all of 2022, but he's kicked on massively under RdZ. It's fantastic to see how he's playing currently.