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View Aray's Profile Aray Flag South London 30 Oct 22 8.53am Send a Private Message to Aray Add Aray as a friend

My heart sank when I saw the team sheet yesterday, Iím not gonna lie. But he played pretty well, I thought. Could we see him and Doucoure in the middle? No need to play Schlupp out of position there.

 

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View rossboss29's Profile rossboss29 Flag Portsmouth 30 Oct 22 8.59am Send a Private Message to rossboss29 Add rossboss29 as a friend

No. It was one game amongst many poor performances. We also got lucky with one of his misplaced passes yet again that could of resorted in a goal.

 

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View Neilsym26's Profile Neilsym26 Flag Bromley 30 Oct 22 9.23am Send a Private Message to Neilsym26 Add Neilsym26 as a friend

To be fair, yes he hasn't been great, but he was very good yesterday. Schlupp still isn't a midfielder although was OK in the first half, Hughes was a much better upgrade in the second and surely has to start alongside Dacoure! 3 points Is all that matters at the end of the day.

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 30 Oct 22 9.29am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

He did well especially in the first half however he tired and I think that is the reason Soton won the second half.

Luka doesn't have the legs for a 90 min performance.

 


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View monkey's Profile monkey Flag Sittingbourne,Kent/Made in Bromley 30 Oct 22 9.36am Send a Private Message to monkey Add monkey as a friend

He did have this strange habit of passing to a team mate yesterday, but we wonít get carried away, saints were awful first half yesterday and he had a lot of time and space

 

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View Lanzo-Ad's Profile Lanzo-Ad Flag Lanzarote 30 Oct 22 9.41am Send a Private Message to Lanzo-Ad Add Lanzo-Ad as a friend

He was Excellent yesterday and i would like him to start next week with Doucoure in place of Schlupp, as many have mentioned Schlupp is a good impact player

 



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View PatrickA's Profile PatrickA Flag London 30 Oct 22 9.41am Send a Private Message to PatrickA Add PatrickA as a friend

Have our standards slipped to the extent that one reasonable performance from Luka can be acclaimed as a second coming?
To me it's more of an indication of the paucity of midfield options leading to a willingness to allow hope to triumph over experience.
Luka has been well off the pace for well over a year.
Although in general he did ok yesterday, he was bypassed too easily on a number of occasions and has no recovery pace so is totally taken out of the game.
Southampton were awful in the first half yesterday and our midfield were under little pressure, but Luka would be exposed against the majority of teams in the Premier League which is why he's not usually a first team starter.
He did a good job for us for a number of seasons, but we need to move on from him now.

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 30 Oct 22 9.41am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

I hope not. May have been good for us a couple of seasons back, but not these days. Too many errors in his play. Hughes is a better option.

 


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View Lanzo-Ad's Profile Lanzo-Ad Flag Lanzarote 30 Oct 22 9.43am Send a Private Message to Lanzo-Ad Add Lanzo-Ad as a friend

Originally posted by PatrickA

Have our standards slipped to the extent that one reasonable performance from Luka can be acclaimed as a second coming?
To me it's more of an indication of the paucity of midfield options leading to a willingness to allow hope to triumph over experience.
Luka has been well off the pace for well over a year.
Although in general he did ok yesterday, he was bypassed too easily on a number of occasions and has no recovery pace so is totally taken out of the game.
Southampton were awful in the first half yesterday and our midfield were under little pressure, but Luka would be exposed against the majority of teams in the Premier League which is why he's not usually a first team starter.
He did a good job for us for a number of seasons, but we need to move on from him now.

I think it was mainly because he was on his own.

 



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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Too far from Selhurst Park 30 Oct 22 10.26am Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

In answer to the OP's question:

NO, despite Luka's decent performance yesterday.

 

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View dg1937's Profile dg1937 Flag 30 Oct 22 10.31am Send a Private Message to dg1937 Add dg1937 as a friend

Thanks for starting this thread, Aray. I do think more balance is needed in the discussion of Luka.

I made a particular point of watching him closely yesterday. We were good in the first half and Luka played his full part in a good team effort.

No team was going to play as badly in the second half as Southampton played in the first. They had been given a bollocking and also made a substitution. We were on the back foot and struggled to get a foothold. Luka was as much a part of that as others were. For periods we were overwhelmed in midfield and Luka was clearly tiring.

I have seen the substitutions criticised but they all bolstered a midfield that clearly needed it.

I donít think Ďthe old Lukaí is back but I do think itís right to praise him when he does well. Overall yesterday he had a good game in my view.

Edited by dg1937 (30 Oct 2022 10.31am)

 

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View NEILLO's Profile NEILLO Flag Shoreham-by-Sea 30 Oct 22 10.35am Send a Private Message to NEILLO Add NEILLO as a friend

Luka did ok yesterday and surpassed my admittedly low expectations.

But he is only a stop gap solution when we are short on numbers. I really don't see yesterday's game as any more than that.

 


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