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Hindsight I know but he should never have left Villa. 

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1 hour ago, Cannabis said:

Hindsight I know but he should never have left Villa. 

I'd argue he joined the perfect side at the time to play to his strengths. That was reflected in his 16 league goals last season. Unfortunately football has evolved where Strikers are expected to play up top by themselves and cover a lot of ground. He was lazy beyond belief and now (due to the criticism) he's trying to a point where he's never in the correct position to utilise his aerial ability efficiently in the opposing penalty area. 

Thankfully with price increases we should be able to flog him to China for the price we got him for.

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On ‎3‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 12:29, The Palace Fan said:

I'd argue he joined the perfect side at the time to play to his strengths. That was reflected in his 16 league goals last season. Unfortunately football has evolved where Strikers are expected to play up top by themselves and cover a lot of ground. He was lazy beyond belief and now (due to the criticism) he's trying to a point where he's never in the correct position to utilise his aerial ability efficiently in the opposing penalty area. 

Thankfully with price increases we should be able to flog him to China for the price we got him for.

His movement is just very poor for a striker at the top level. He is lazy and he doesn't make runs, or doesn't make too many useful runs that either get him open in the box or have a defender tracking him and opening up space for someone else. And to make matters worse, he's definitely a confidence player - where when he's in form he'll look pretty great, but when he's out of form you can expect things like missing simple tap ins routinely or just silly unforced errors.

He's just not well rounded enough to be asked to play as a more mobile target man, he's just not got the right work ethic and/or football intelligence. He needs to be leading the line as a simple, old-school target man who's not asked or expected to move around too much. And when he's in form, he's above average at that. But he's not a top striker because of his obvious limitations and the fact that he needs to be in a more limited system to succeed.

It is hindsight... but yeah, he should have stayed at Villa. They needed his goals to stay up and their attack was focused around him and making him successful - without him they looked like total dogshit. And he never fit in with us at all... it was actually a very strange signing for a Rodgers side, as the good season we had under Rodgers involved our strikers providing constant dangerous movement. Benteke offered a much more static attack from us. And looking at how Klopp has us play and how he likes hard working strikers that move around a shitload and aren't shy to drop deep or wide to let our wingers run play off the last defender... it's no surprise he didn't have much time for Benteke.

And I think you're right about his struggles this season, compared to his form last season, where if you ask him to do too much... you'll see these kind of performances from him. But if you change the system too much to fit the more old school approach that he's proven he can succeed in... you run the risk of just getting left behind with your old tactics as modern football progresses.

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I've liked him when I've seen him play this season.

When you're competition is Van Aanholt and Schlupp though, it's not hard to impress :ph34r: 

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18 minutes ago, Stan said:

I've liked him when I've seen him play this season.

When you're competition is Van Aanholt and Schlupp though, it's not hard to impress :ph34r: 

Wrong side mate.

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I know I asked you this a few months ago but now with the season close to being wrapped up, what rating would you give Timmy this season (out of ten) and would u like to have him back next season mate?(TPF)

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On 25/04/2018 at 15:33, Teso dos Bichos said:

I know I asked you this a few months ago but now with the season close to being wrapped up, what rating would you give Timmy this season (out of ten) and would u like to have him back next season mate?(TPF)

To be honest he's been injured for the majority for the second half of the season. I don't think we will take him back as Aaron Bisakka has emerged as competition for Joel Ward.

His next move will be interesting. I think playing overseas at a side expecting to win most weeks in a less competitive league may be more beneficial for him than being a rotation player in one of the bottom 12 shit clubs.

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The Holmesdale Fanatics have told Crystal Palace that they will no longer be present as an organised group because the club have refused to move long term season ticket holders to accommodate where they want to sit. What must these Ultra groups in Europe think.

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''I'm single as fuuuuuck!''

Heaven knows why...

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Good start to pre-season for Palace - A 1-1- draw against Luzern in Switzerland with a very early Benteke goal as a result of a superb move and pass for the guy in the picture on the left - great start to his second Palace season.  A point for the Draw and an extra point for a 7-6 penalty shoot-out win.  Now to Saturday and Young Boys in the second game of this competition - BEIN coverage good!  Keeping an eye on my young friend again this season!

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More superb journalism from everyone's favourite red top getting called out by footballers:

 

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