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Old 21-06-2018, 03:20   #6701
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Niang is better than Bona at LW, but that says more about Bona and our LW options. Besides, we do not have the personnel for 4-3-3 with or without Niang. Being handed 15-20m to finally get rid of this massive headache was great business.

Management fucked up when they decided to obsess over strikers, ignore/neglect mezz'ali and winger/SS positions and undervalue athleticism. Just like the previous owners.
Incredibly spot on

People seem to forget how quickly he advanced the ball down the left side.....and I'm a Bonaventura fan


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Old 22-06-2018, 00:25   #6702
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Niang is better than Bona at LW
He absolutely is now. And even more so, he wasn't when they were at Milan at the same time (I haven't really followed Niang after he left).


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Old 22-06-2018, 05:40   #6703
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Old 22-06-2018, 13:03   #6704
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He absolutely is now. And even more so, he wasn't when they were at Milan at the same time (I haven't really followed Niang after he left).
Did you type what you meant to type? You're writing that he(Niang?) is absolutely better now. Then you go on to write that "even more so" he wasn't when they were both here...

That post is 8 months old, but I still fully agree with it.
Bona is a very poor fit for the 4-3-3 LW spot. He scores goals but mainly the Nocerino way(late runner from midfield), rather than the Robben way(cut in and shoot) or Walcott way(outpacing defenders from out wide). He shows the tendencies of an advanced CM and not a wide forward. The attack becomes even slower and more static than usual. That's why we end up with Niang/Deulefeu/Hakan at LW and Bona at LCM.
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Old 22-06-2018, 14:10   #6705
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Did you type what you meant to type? You're writing that he(Niang?) is absolutely better now. Then you go on to write that "even more so" he wasn't when they were both here...

That post is 8 months old, but I still fully agree with it.
Bona is a very poor fit for the 4-3-3 LW spot. He scores goals but mainly the Nocerino way(late runner from midfield), rather than the Robben way(cut in and shoot) or Walcott way(outpacing defenders from out wide). He shows the tendencies of an advanced CM and not a wide forward. The attack becomes even slower and more static than usual. That's why we end up with Niang/Deulefeu/Hakan at LW and Bona at LCM.
now=not

im not saying bona is/was good ar LW, just better than niang


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Old 22-06-2018, 17:38   #6706
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im not saying bona is/was good ar LW, just better than niang
And I'm not saying Niang is good at LW.
Just better than Bona.

Do not for a moment think I enjoyed seeing us depend on a self-destructive child like Niang. But that's what we were doing - depend on him - because we had no one else who could offer anything like his athleticism and workrate. Not that he was exceptionally fast or hardworking. There just weren't any serious alternatives.

We never had a great run with Bona as 4-3-3 LW.
Do not confuse it with Bona's rather good spell as 4-4-2 LM under Mihajlovic.
That's a LCM/LW hybrid role.
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