what a waste of talent this guy truly is…sure he has been injured but when he isnt he is pissing about getting drunk smoking etc trying to be a ‘lad’
Good player but I think the extent of how good he could have been gets a bit overplayed at times.
true to be fair, the only really truly exceptional performance i can remember was the barca one, 1 performance is more than likely a fluke performance, but you can see he has got talent just doesnt seem to be bothered to push to bring it out.
Yeah I mean he clearly had talent, I just think the idea that he was some gloriously gifted footballer ruined by injuries is a little overplayed now.
Think he’d have been a good player but just no quite as good as is often made out.
He was definitely ruined by injuries. The problem is he never go to mature his game because of the lack of gametime due to injuries. But in terms of having close control, pace, short and long passing game he was an exciting package. He wouldn’t have been a Fabregas or Xavi level but if he learnt to not overdribble and use space a bit better he would of been more effective
I feel like Wilshere is probably the only other player in the last 15 years or so with Fabregas type potential (that we have produced).
Because of the injuries, people also forget he was starting in our midfield 3 at the time he was breaking into the first team, at 19 or so.
He had the right mix of passing, movement, aggression and natural feel for the game and would have had years to build on those skills had he been relatively injury free.
He was a much better player at 19 than loads of guys we gave 3 or 4 years of game time to.
It sucks we didnt get to see what he could have been.
In before AC hits you with millions of words on Gnabry.
(He’s the only one other than Fabregas and Wilshere I’d include).