I was mostly surprised by his defensive work as well. He had a lot of interceptions and fight in him. He was both in attack and defense throughout the game. And lots of passes through the lines, and never lost the ball.
Actually attempted to move the ball forward on more than one occasion. Held the ball well whilst being pressed, and actually pressed the opposition back and won the ball on a few occasions. I think he can and will be a vital midfielder for us sooner rather than later, and I hope this game is a launching point for him.
Good game and a lot of improvements. With him and Juan, rivals have a worst time pressing us high. He needs to play more, Pirlo just need to instruct him to try more forward passes each game, specially when we are in the final third
The best technical player in our midfield by far and his ability to stay calm on the ball when pressured is undervalued.
Should be more involved because we desperately lack a calm and composed mind in that midfield. Only Question is if he can play like this on a regular basis.
Sure consistency is needed but he needs to get the chance to have 5 or 6 starting games. That has been the problem with most players this season....havent been able to start a string of games to get going.