Hound wrote:Don't fully disagree Ian, and a fair response
I just think the opposite - I think he gets a tougher time than he deserves. I can accept some of the criticism - the occasional slow thinking, the lacks of concentration and being pushed off the ball too easily. But the positives outweigh the negatives for me
Interestingly, I think Nor can it measure when he takes too many touches, takes someone on unnecessarily, takes the wrong pass or delays the right pass. is actually demonstrated quite well in the stats by the number of times he gets dispossessed or a poor touch and loses it
He is an easy target, and an easy person to blame for what is a team issue - a team lacking in confidence, quality and movement.
Kelly is a whole different subject. Again, the stats fit in with my opinion of him that he just doesn't do enough of anything well to be of much use. Tackling is low, pass percentage pretty poor, key passes poor etc. Just don't know what he offers.
Absolutely admit I am easy on Kelly because he's ours. Give me shit I have affinity for over shit I dont any day.
And Im not saying Kelly is great. He wouldnt start in my preferred XI... even for our weak squad, but he's practically all we have fit and Id prefer him (in the deeper role) to Swift, Meyler or Ejaria - although reserving judgement on the latter a bit, havent seen enough in a deeper role. Id go Kelly over East too atm.
No way Id play Kelly at No. 10 over Swift.