Was just about to say the same - he hasn't actually changed that much, he has always been a quality player for us, he's just struggled for confidence infront of goal. RDZ has unlocked that now and we're seeing the player that he always had the potential to be.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.
Aye I thought about Mitoma on the other wing …but have Solly edging it on (My own)sentimental grounds ..what with him being a ‘local’ lad
Or Gross, Dunk, Mac Allister...
Form commitment. hahahahahahahahahaI remember how proud I was seeing Bobby play for the U21s, that brief England appearance, that spell of players like Harding and Hinsh being around the U21s set up, then Solly, then Dunk running out against the Yanks.
But March playing for the senior team would top the lot. Fingers crossed. If Southgate sticks to his form commitment Solly is arguably first name on the teamsheet ATM.
Player of the season is a crapshoot these days. I mean you pick one and feel bad that you didn't pick one of about 4 others.
Absolutely...his technique to get ready to shoot was brilliant, a quick hop and adjustment, intuitive, terrificOutstanding season from our Solly. Last night’s goal rather epitomised where’s he’s at for me: total belief in himself, no hesitation, great technique and - boom - goal. Up until this season he always looked like he questioned himself, especially when just about to shoot…you could kind of see him asking himself “should I?”. None of those self-doubts now. Seemingly a lovely bloke too, v happy for him. Expect Southgate will now pick Ashley Young and some other clogger over him though.
Point 1 is very important. Good players need a partner, who bring out the best in each other.There are two main reasons for Solly’s form in my view. (I’ve never subscribed to the issue being belief)
1) He’s in the correct position. Potter wasted him at left wing back for years. Here he’s high up the pitch, able to stretch the play knowing he’s got Veltman behind him should things break down, which means he’s now free to try stuff.
2) He’s got options. We’re getting more players forward much more quickly now. Solly is now looking up and seeing actual choices. Before it was sling it in to Maupay or turn backwards. He’s a sensible bloke. He turned backwards
The reason I don’t think it’s to do with belief is because Solly is such a pragmatic player. Under Potter what would have been the point in trying to take on your man? Either you beat him and the next defender in the low block will get you, (or even if you get a cross in, the defence is formed) or you don’t and you’re exposed on the counter.
And how he went the long way round the so called next big thing CB to beat him to the ball to slot it in.Not seen it mentioned anywhere but there was a moment early in the second half where he beat his man and played a beautifully weighted pass across the box. The slightest touch by one of ours would have led to a certain goal. Sadly there was nobody there to accept the gift