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If Rafa Benitez really listens to fans – Here’s 3 players he urgently needs to ‘rotate’

5 years ago

There’s word around town that Rafa Benitez does like input from fans and likes to listen to what they would do with the team. He has even invited such folk into the training ground and had long discussions talking to them about his squad.

Well if he is looking for input, then here’s some that needs to be actioned ASAP….

You need to drop Matt Sels, Paul Dummett and Mo Diame immediately.

Sels was at fault (again) for the Villa equaliser on Saturday night as he flapped at a corner and did nothing to stop the ball squeezing in at his near post, to help us throw away two points. How we managed to not kill this game off well before the game drifted into the last 15 mins where Villa suddenly woke up, is a mystery and total disgrace.

Paul Dummett has been embarrassing at times this season. I still can’t get over someone taking the ball past him using their back at Fulham, first game of the season. Their BACK for crying out loud. His positional sense is all over the place.

Some say he played well at Villa. No, he played well by his own standards. Compare his performance to DeAndre Yedlin and they’re in a different league. The young American is clearly Premier League, our local hero is clearly not.

As for Diame. We look to have got rid of Sissoko and brought in his half brother. What the hell is this man doing in the team week in, week out, home or away? He literally couldn’t hit a barn door from six yards.

Dwight Gayle wasted a one on one that he should have buried but at least the keeper made a save. Diame was six yards out and blazed the easiest chance he will have all season, closer to the corner flag.

He’s also lazy. I mentioned Sissoko, as Diame is looking more like Moussa every time he plays. Is that what Mo is really short for? Of all the players mentioned above, he’s the one that needs dropping the most.

We have Mitro and Perez on the sidelines, while Murphy can’t even get in the squad. The Irishman was very impressive in the EFL cup game last week and deserves a run in the team. He’s the one striker we have that really knows this division.

Matz Sels has deleted his Twitter account due to ridiculous abuse, I feel for him, but that doesn’t change the fact he offers no confidence whatsoever. Can’t afford sentiment when promotion is at stake.

Dummett has surely shown Rafa he just ain’t good enough. Especially when we have Lazaar waiting for his chance to shine. Even Ciaran Clark is a better option then Dummett. Sick of the sight of his hesitant first touch, just not quite there crossing, off target shooting and non-existent positioning. Just get out.

Diame is done. Over.  Get a striker up top with Gayle and let’s go for teams more. We have the quality to beat every team, so let’s not lose anymore points by being negative or too defensively minded. It’s unnecessary.

For more nonsense like this follow me on Twitter @ToonBano



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