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Old 23-05-22, 11:22 AM   #801
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Fallen off a cliff these last few months. Does anyone think there's anything in the theory that since Diaz came his positive impact has negatively affected Jota (and Salah)?

Salah's dip, by his standards, came more or less from when he went to the AFCON. So probably running on fumes at times.


Jota's dip, again by the standards he had been setting, seems to have come since Mane moved central more and Jota started getting minutes out wide as well as centrally.
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Old 23-05-22, 11:23 AM   #802
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Fallen off a cliff these last few months. Does anyone think there's anything in the theory that since Diaz came his positive impact has negatively affected Jota (and Salah)?
...just think it's the first real big 'blip' in Jota's performances since he arrived. He's been pretty much Mr Reliable to chip in with goals off the bench or in tight, hard-fought games.

Salah has looked knackered since AFCON and that's likely as much mental as physical... losing in the final would have taken a lot out of him emotionally, especially as he sees himself as the figurehead and leader of that Egypt team. He said how much he wanted to win it, so it must have brought him crashing down afterwards...
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Old 23-05-22, 11:30 AM   #803
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Fallen off a cliff these last few months. Does anyone think there's anything in the theory that since Diaz came his positive impact has negatively affected Jota (and Salah)?
way off his best. He was so sharp and a massive goal threat until the last few months and now sems to just plod along and make bad decisions, unlucky with a few passages of play in the last few too. It hasn't helped him being shifted around either. Mo just has looked burned out physically and mentally and it's no surprise with the amount of mins he has played. We are just lucky Diaz has kicking in when Jota dropped off & Mane has kicked in hen Mo has dropped off.
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Old 23-05-22, 11:31 AM   #804
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Not saying he’s not off form overall, but there’s still been some very good moments in his link up play over the last 2 games.
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Old 23-05-22, 11:44 AM   #805
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Fallen off a cliff these last few months. Does anyone think there's anything in the theory that since Diaz came his positive impact has negatively affected Jota (and Salah)?
I had wondered this about Jota. He has been pushed down the pecking order since Diaz came in, Jota was also playing alot of his games from the left as well which is Diaz' main position, think he is probably the one missing out the most on minutes (Mane seems to have taken over the central role which was the other place Jota was getting minutes)

Salah's drop in form is ACN related IMO so many additional matches many of which went to ET, plus the psychological impact of losing that (and the WC qualifier on pens) has had an effect IMO. I thought that we should have been giving Salah more breaks in the Feb-April period in an attempt to get him fit for the end of the season. I actually think that playing wise Salah should benefit most from Diaz' arrival. As prior to Diaz coming in Salah was often doubled up on, now Diaz is getting that type of attention, you would hope that might free Salah up a little bit in terms of space on the other side of the pitch.
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Old 23-05-22, 11:52 AM   #806
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I had wondered this about Jota. He has been pushed down the pecking order since Diaz came in, Jota was also playing alot of his games from the left as well which is Diaz' main position, think he is probably the one missing out the most on minutes (Mane seems to have taken over the central role which was the other place Jota was getting minutes)

Salah's drop in form is ACN related IMO so many additional matches many of which went to ET, plus the psychological impact of losing that (and the WC qualifier on pens) has had an effect IMO. I thought that we should have been giving Salah more breaks in the Feb-April period in an attempt to get him fit for the end of the season. I actually think that playing wise Salah should benefit most from Diaz' arrival. As prior to Diaz coming in Salah was often doubled up on, now Diaz is getting that type of attention, you would hope that might free Salah up a little bit in terms of space on the other side of the pitch.

Not really working out that way as of yet though. Was a breakdown on play being done on a German station and during it they did a bit on Salah this season and they were able to show that even since Diaz arrived, that Salah is still the most dubled and tripled up player in our team.

If anything Salah being on the pitch is still creating space in the centre and on our left flank.

When Diaz starts adding more goals to his play, and I think that is coming, he will get more attention but since January teams still see Salah as the one that needs the extra attention.

Diaz next season though I think is going to do a Suarez and have a lot of the chances he tries to take go in. Suarez was that way at first too. Lots of attempts that seemed to go wide, hit woodwork or got blocked and then something clicked and the goals never stopped.
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Old 23-05-22, 11:54 AM   #807
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I recall when we signed him that Wolves said his form was patchy
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Old 23-05-22, 06:17 PM   #808
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He has scored some great tap ins but I don't really get excited about jota.

Any half decent striker would be putting the bulge in the onion sack so we need to see more from him.
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Old 23-05-22, 06:40 PM   #810
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I think for me he needs to play in the centre but the form Mane has been in makes this not an option. He’s then pushed out wide and just isn’t as effective.
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Old 23-05-22, 06:48 PM   #811
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He's spent most of the season as 4th choice forward and has over 20 goals in all competitions, I don't think you can complain about that.
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Old 23-05-22, 07:02 PM   #812
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He's spent most of the season as 4th choice forward and has over 20 goals in all competitions, I don't think you can complain about that.
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Going to put this out there to get shot down, but I’m not sure that he is better than Figo.
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And while I’m getting things off my chest, Bobby Firmino probably isn’t the best in the world either.
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I reckon Peter Crouch had an extra long bed.

Luis Garcia does drink sangria though
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And while I’m getting things off my chest, Bobby Firmino probably isn’t the best in the world either.
Also Rotherham United are not by far the greatest team the world has ever seen
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Everton fans agree with this
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And slipping down the pecking order
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Hold off on the new contract talks then!
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Was brilliant last season until his injury and being rotated around the front line. I'm a fan but a new contract is premature imo, 2025 is a long way away. See what he does this season.
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Old 15-07-22, 09:19 AM   #824
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Was brilliant last season until his injury and being rotated around the front line. I'm a fan but a new contract is premature imo, 2025 is a long way away. See what he does this season.
...because he was bang average after the injury. Hopefully a blip, but....
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...because he was bang average after the injury. Hopefully a blip, but....
Yeah he was very disappointing after the injury, seemed cumbersome and slow as oppose to how sharp and unpredictable he was, it was quite frustrating to watch on times.
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Only 2 more weeks? That's great to hear, at first they made it sound more serious.
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Old 02-08-22, 12:09 PM   #829
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Some fans were a bit down on him for his form when he came back from injury last season.
Seems like he was still playing with an issue though, since he got injured again so quickly.

Hopefully he’ll be completely over it and come back firing. He’s made a great impact and he’s full of goals.
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He seems to always get overlooked. A bit like Salah, his form dropped massively after the NY, and then blighted a bit by injuries - what a set of options we have up front

Hopefully Jota can push on even more this season.
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...he will take us to victory
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locking him down until his 30 is a smart move, same for Diaz. Peak years locked in
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Handing out contracts when players are injured. I would rather wait until they are back playing and showing top form again.
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It’s just a hamstring inury. Not a career changer like Ox’s.
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