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The curious case of Naby Keita

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by keniget, Jul 30, 2019.

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  1. Silver Sean

    Silver Sean Well-Known Member

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    He was looking mint before the injury. Just starting to get to grips with his role and the PL. He's gonna be a-mega-fucking-mazing this season.*











    *until his inevitable season-ending injury in mid-October.
     
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    StevieM SCM's resident Beer Nazi, Wine Snob & Comic Geek Honorary Member

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    Not even played for the Reserves so far this pre-season...
     
  3. Halmeister

    Halmeister Some sort of pun about having a well known member Member

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    Haha I'm not cynical and pessimistic about everything.
     
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    Insignificance Bad to the bone Member

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    True... But the one exeption being Keita is a bit weird and scary on his behalf ..
     
  5. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    Let’s be real here, bar a handful of appearances he was dreadful last season.

    Any sort of a passable input this season would be a huge improvement.
     
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    Squiggles Very Well-Known Member

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    He wasn't dreadful. He didn't match expectations, but there is reasons for that and he's shown he's got the talent. There's plenty of reasons to be optimistic for Keita to shine this year.
     
  7. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    If you aren’t going to compare against expectations then what would you compare to? By all accounts he got nowhere the level so many expected or predicted for him.
     
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    The black Aquilani. He will be gone next summer.
     
  9. Modo

    Modo A contentious scando Member

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  10. Esoteric

    Esoteric Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd Member

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    You could try comparing him to other players that have taken time to bed into the team. Naby was excellent for RB Leipzig but Liverpool are a different machine and being surrounded by different cogs, he needs to fit his new space and be finely tuned. His injury hasn't helped either.
     
  11. mark1975

    mark1975 Moderator Moderator

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    He hasn't proven that much really. He had a good spell when he managed to stay fit for a few games and he scored "a" goal. This is the sort of the territory where we usually end up, where people overstate what someone has contributed/shown because they've been unavailable alot. Let's be honest, in reality, for the fee, he's been a massive, massive let down.

    My memories of him last season are a goal I can barely recall and one great pass against one of the dregs of the league. I don't think that's "proving he can contribute" at all, he's shown minor glimpses of quality for what was a huge fee. His injury record has been pretty dire too, that's not his fault but he can only be judged on what he's offered, which has been fluctuating availability and not enough quality.
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    He had his year in the prem, so it's "go" time for him. I agree that he failed to meet expectations.
     
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    Woland Part of the Furniture Member

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    He's been shite, but new season clean slate. There's defo a footy player in there somewhere, I'm not sure if his head is up to dealing with being at a big club. We'll see fairly soon this season
     
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    He scored two goals in that period I believe

    Edit - three, in fact, against Southampton, Porto & Huddersfield
     
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    At times kieta Looked like a lost puppy.he needs to impose himself more in games and not wait for things to happen. He only needs to watch fab, who do this so well
     
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    Yeah but apart from goals against Porto, Southampton and Huddersfield, a great pass, that midfield swagger and a Champions League trophy...what has Naby Keita ever done for us?
     
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    Not even played for the reserves
     
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    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    He wasn’t signed for 8m with low expectations like Robbi. We broke the bank for him and it was bought because he was seen as someone to drive us on in the middle of the park. He was signed to be a guaranteed starter who would be a game changer.

    His injury didn’t help and maybe he’ll come good but last season he was as big a let down as you can be
     
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    MaBigTip Very Active Member

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    I'd tell you you're exaggerating unecessarily here, but you're probably the expert in the field.
     
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    Esoteric Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd Member

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    Can I suggest that in future you try to accept that sometimes players arrive with great expectations but sadly fail to hit the ground running. Alex O, had trouble adapting to Klopp's system, Fabinho, took a good while to adapt and over time, there may have been just one or two others. Add into the equation that each player is an individual that will acclimatise to league, system, team, food, language,culture and even the climate, at different rates. Expectations were high and we all hoped for more, but to claim he was, "as big a let down as you can be." is just about as ridiculous as you can get.
     
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