...Is that for a great player he doesn't make much of an impact. At the start of the season I was a little disappointed by him, but thought that maybe I was being unfair & expecting too much because of all the hype around him last summer. However, he seems to be becoming less and less of a presence as time goes on. He appears to be stuck to the touchline & his little runs look less frequent and less impressive than before.
And I can't work out why. I can't figure out if I'm being harsh (but I don't think so), if it's tactics used, or if he's just not living up to the expectations & the credit given to him. I know he is heavily marked, and he still has his occasional flights of wonder (his work with Keane in our home game to Chelsea this season is etched into my brain forever), but I've been thoroughly disappointed by his performances. Marking didn't seem to be an issue Saturday but he was completely ineffective.
What do you think (football fans only, if you're just gonna bitch I really don't want to hear it)?