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Ok i’m from Sweden but i must say that Lee doesnt have a clue how to use Niclas Eliasson!

He should be one of the first that Lee puts in the team. Even if we play 3-5-2 he should be in the team!

Scandinavian Branch is coming over for the Wigan game, hope to se you all!

 

COYR

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Where does he fit in 352? Doesn't have the defensive ability for wing back where Hunt and Rowe have been useful for us and part of the central 3 would restrict his ability to play wide and be where he's most effective 

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Palmer, Odowda, defensiv? Palmer often sleeps with ball and position, Odowda no end product. For me Eliasson should start, he is creative, go forwards and are no safeplayer. Maybe Im a dinousarie but the ball has to go forward. We have a player and we dont use him. When we had the very very bad run people wanted LJ out. One of few that backed him here. But in the case of Eliasson i have a big ? how LJ is thinking.

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6 hours ago, BCFC OF SWEDEN said:

 

Dont we want to win the games?

We do, we want to win them. Promise. Trouble is, we don't want to lose them either, probably a bit more than we want to win them, and so the things - real or imagined - we fear might cause us to lose games loom larger in the mind and impact selection than the things that might help us win some games.

It has ever been thus, mucker! 

 

 

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And when he does play I’d prefer if he was out on the left than the right! 
He’ll end up wanting to leave soon anyway, heard he may have asked to go in the summer because there were a few offers in for him. 

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Eliasson is a one of our best outlets when we need to change things. Although he's had relatively few chances to play a full match, he never seems to have the same impact when he plays from the start.

When he's named in the first eleven he settles into 'just another player on the pitch' mode.

He needs to use the chances he does get to prove to LJ that he's going to run and create for the whole match.

Agree with comments above, he's a much better player for us than O'Dowda. I wish we had not given him a new contract. Several years of indifferent displays with glimpses of brilliance and now just looks like he doesn't care.

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The only way to play Eliasson is to play 4-3-3 instead of 5-3-2. This should still be reasonably sound defensively and, at the same time, provide some attacking flair 

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A classic case of needing to concentrate on what a player can do rather than what he can’t.

The amount of luxury players we’ve persisted with carrying over the years (Tomlin, Paterson and Palmer instantly spring to mind and that’s just recently) and we’ve got a guy here who literally creates 2/3 proper goalscoring chances EVERY time he plays and he can’t get in the team.

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1 hour ago, Xiled said:

Eliasson is a one of our best outlets when we need to change things. Although he's had relatively few chances to play a full match, he never seems to have the same impact when he plays from the start.

When he's named in the first eleven he settles into 'just another player on the pitch' mode.

He needs to use the chances he does get to prove to LJ that he's going to run and create for the whole match

Think this is a bit unfair. He's started 2 games this season and set up goals in the first half of them both. 

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He can't play in a 3-5-2, but how about a 3-4-3?

Thinking of Costa and Cavaleiro at Wolves most notably. Could even try something inverted eg Brownhill on right and Eliasson on left in a 3-4-3/3-4-2-1, so we're less outnumbered centrally when it comes to those phases.

Brownhill has played on the right before after all, would also enable us to start all 3 of Brownhill, Nagy and Massengo.

Agreed @pongo88 my favoured shape too, probably would best help us to accommodate Eliasson.

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3 hours ago, Roe said:

Think this is a bit unfair. He's started 2 games this season and set up goals in the first half of them both. 

But he sets up goals as a sub.

Don't get me wrong, I rate him really highly but I haven't seen enough in his 90 minute games to say he must start. That said, the same argument applies to other names in the first eleven. It probably explains why LJ rarely names the same team for consecutive matches.

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5 hours ago, The Journalist said:

A classic case of needing to concentrate on what a player can do rather than what he can’t.

The amount of luxury players we’ve persisted with carrying over the years (Tomlin, Paterson and Palmer instantly spring to mind and that’s just recently) and we’ve got a guy here who literally creates 2/3 proper goalscoring chances EVERY time he plays and he can’t get in the team.

I wouldn't say Pato is a luxury as he works so hard

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9 hours ago, Fordy62 said:

Tend to agree. Always been good when used and not getting a fair crack of the whip. I’d use him above COD every day of the week. 

Definately can cross a ball and with regular game time would be more consistant .

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19 minutes ago, Shtanley said:

Semenyo and Eliasson either side of Diedhiou would be nice.

433

LJ will never drop Weimann.

Eliasson simply has to play. I have been saying all season how it's crazy a player that good can't get in. 

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2 minutes ago, JonDolman said:

LJ will never drop Weimann.

Eliasson simply has to play. I have been saying all season how it's crazy a player that good can't get in. 

Only if he fits the system though, doesn't weaken us in other areas?

It's asymmetrical but I'd be interested to see how a theoretical front 3 of Palmer, Eliasson and Weimann could link.

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12 minutes ago, Mr Popodopolous said:

You'd drop Weimann?

Probably wouldn’t play that 433 but I’d be thinking about dropping Weimann for one of our next two games yeah. 
 

Would like to see Diedhiou and Semenyo at some point. 

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7 minutes ago, Mr Popodopolous said:

Only if he fits the system though, doesn't weaken us in other areas?

It's asymmetrical but I'd be interested to see how a theoretical front 3 of Palmer, Eliasson and Weimann could link.

I would go 442 on Wednesday. Weimann and Rodri up top who can both drop back and form a 6 or go wide and our wide men can come more narrow to tighten up the midfield. It is a shame Nagy is still not fit.

I would drop Palmer for this one. I think the problem with those 3 you say up top is it's a bit lightweight. 

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1 minute ago, JonDolman said:

I would go 442 on Wednesday. Weimann and Rodri up top who can both drop back and form a 6 or go wide and our wide men can come more narrow to tighten up the midfield. It is a shame Nagy is still not fit.

I would drop Palmer for this one. I think the problem with those 3 you say up top is it's a bit lightweight. 

4-4-2 attacking at home...and Charlton with their counterattacking ways could run through us. However yes, when you explain that 2nd bit Rodri and Weimann are particularly flexible- Nagy's return would help a great deal.

Though I suppose that a winger and a full back as direct oppositon could help to negate this...do Charlton emphasise their play out wide or central more though?

As for my suggestion, yeah this is true but also Elisson, Palmer and Weimann can drop into a strikerless formation too which can help to form say a 4-3-3-0, yours sounds like more of a 4-4-2-0. Would it be that strike pair with O'Dowda and Eliasson wide Wednesday?

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7 minutes ago, Shtanley said:

Probably wouldn’t play that 433 but I’d be thinking about dropping Weimann for one of our next two games yeah. 
 

Would like to see Diedhiou and Semenyo at some point. 

Don't think Semenyo ready overall, though that said away to QPR he did quite well IIRC? Got an assist and seemed sharp!

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19 minutes ago, Mr Popodopolous said:

4-4-2 attacking at home...and Charlton with their counterattacking ways could run through us. However yes, when you explain that 2nd bit Rodri and Weimann are particularly flexible- Nagy's return would help a great deal.

Though I suppose that a winger and a full back as direct oppositon could help to negate this...do Charlton emphasise their play out wide or central more though?

As for my suggestion, yeah this is true but also Elisson, Palmer and Weimann can drop into a strikerless formation too which can help to form say a 4-3-3-0, yours sounds like more of a 4-4-2-0. Would it be that strike pair with O'Dowda and Eliasson wide Wednesday?

Yes, I am thinking O'Dowda right and tucking inside a bit, Eliasson left. And people might see this as a strange move but I would go with Pereira at left back due to his pace on Leko. I don't trust Rowe up against Leko.

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54 minutes ago, Shtanley said:

Semenyo and Eliasson either side of Diedhiou would be nice.

433

 

34 minutes ago, Mr Popodopolous said:

You'd drop Weimann?

I don’t see the correlation between Eliasson and Diedhiou, that whenever someone suggests Eliasson must start it seems to always go hand in hand that Diedhiou must too.  Yet Eliasson has only assisted one Diedhiou goal.  Even in a 25 minute cameo, we saw how shorter players, but with smarter movement can get on the end of Eliasson crosses.  Diedhiou’s movement on crosses is reactive rather than proactive.  Just because he’s tall / taller died to mean he’s the right target.  Look at the goals Owen scored from Beckham crosses....because he anticipated.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from watching Eliasson is that you can gamble on your runs...because he does deliver the ball into great areas (consistently for a wideman - as plenty fail to miss the first man).

Fully expect us to go back 4 on Wednesday (Pereira for Hunt who picked up a knock), so chance to play Eliasson.

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7 minutes ago, JonDolman said:

Yes, I am thinking O'Dowda right and tucking inside a bit, Eliasson left. And people might see this as a strange move but I would go with Pereira at left back due to his pace on Leko. I don't trust Rowe up against Leko.

You surprise me Jon! 👀👀👀

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

 

I don’t see the correlation between Eliasson and Diedhiou, that whenever someone suggests Eliasson must start it seems to always go hand in hand that Diedhiou must too.  Yet Eliasson has only assisted one Diedhiou goal.  Even in a 25 minute cameo, we saw how shorter players, but with smarter movement can get on the end of Eliasson crosses.  Diedhiou’s movement on crosses is reactive rather than proactive.  Just because he’s tall / taller died to mean he’s the right target.  Look at the goals Owen scored from Beckham crosses....because he anticipated.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from watching Eliasson is that you can gamble on your runs...because he does deliver the ball into great areas (consistently for a wideman - as plenty fail to miss the first man).

Fully expect us to go back 4 on Wednesday (Pereira for Hunt who picked up a knock), so chance to play Eliasson.

From memory, Eliasson assisted Weimann on opening day v Leeds late on. 

Dunno who he got his third assist against ie which player, but was vs Middlesbrough IIRC- wasn't Diedhiou though! Agree though, movement over height/physical build- low whipped in crosses as well can suit this, plus even if not resulting in a goal can cause havoc- drive it in, can deflect into own goal, out for a corner, maybe bounce up and win a penalty- done right and with sharp movement they can really trouble defences- especially ones which are fairly deep and centrally focused like Luton's was Saturday!

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Is Weimann the problem for Eliasson? An automatic selection and 1 in 3 record so far this season but our best and most effective team might be a 4-3-3 including Eliasson and pace on the wings but excluding Weimann.

3-5-2 has no place for Eliasson, LJ hates 4-4-2 due to no control and won’t play Weimann alone up front

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4 minutes ago, cidercity1987 said:

Is Weimann the problem for Eliasson? An automatic selection and 1 in 3 record so far this season but our best and most effective team might be a 4-3-3 including Eliasson and pace on the wings but excluding Weimann.

3-5-2 has no place for Eliasson, LJ hates 4-4-2 due to no control and won’t play Weimann alone up front

If think 442 is fine if we have 2 strikers who can drop back or go wide. Defend from the front. Weimann and Rodri could maybe make it a kind of 4-6-0 at times or 4-5-1 like Pato and Reid once did.

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12 minutes ago, JonDolman said:

If think 442 is fine if we have 2 strikers who can drop back or go wide. Defend from the front. Weimann and Rodri could maybe make it a kind of 4-6-0 at times or 4-5-1 like Pato and Reid once did.

Significant differences between that and our current shape though- sometimes you need exactly the right sort of players to pull it off.

  1. Wright at RB- can tuck inside as and when.
  2. Magnússon at LB- the same.
  3. Brownhill on the right- inside, into midfield.
  4. Bryan on the left- can push up into a front 3 ie wide left, or drop back to LB to help out.
  5. Reid- a striker but learnt his trade as a CM- yet more flexibility.
  6. Paterson- a 10 by trade, albeit can pull wider to the left as well and though a weaker position, CM.

I see some similarities especially if Weimann and Rodri hit it off, overall however unconvinced we can replicate it in the current setup- hope I'm wrong- when key players who are injured return, then it could be worth exploring again.

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21 minutes ago, Mr Popodopolous said:

From memory, Eliasson assisted Weimann on opening day v Leeds late on. 

Dunno who he got his third assist against ie which player, but was vs Middlesbrough IIRC- wasn't Diedhiou though! Agree though, movement over height/physical build- low whipped in crosses as well can suit this, plus even if not resulting in a goal can cause havoc- drive it in, can deflect into own goal, out for a corner, maybe bounce up and win a penalty- done right and with sharp movement they can really trouble defences- especially ones which are fairly deep and centrally focused like Luton's was Saturday!

Palmer....a header.  Again proving you don’t need a big man to get on the end of an Eliasson cross.

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48 minutes ago, cidercity1987 said:

Is Weimann the problem for Eliasson? An automatic selection and 1 in 3 record so far this season but our best and most effective team might be a 4-3-3 including Eliasson and pace on the wings but excluding Weimann.

3-5-2 has no place for Eliasson, LJ hates 4-4-2 due to no control and won’t play Weimann alone up front

But how many times have we had to change to 442 already DURING games? Leave NE on the bench for sure, but don't do post match interview after post match interview saying "we lacked that bit of quality" up top. We are wasting a very good player, and i wouldn't blame the guy one bit if he gets fed up and wants to go somewhere else.

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11 minutes ago, AppyDAZE said:

But how many times have we had to change to 442 already DURING games? Leave NE on the bench for sure, but don't do post match interview after post match interview saying "we lacked that bit of quality" up top. We are wasting a very good player, and i wouldn't blame the guy one bit if he gets fed up and wants to go somewhere else.

Interestingly the 3 games we started with a back 4 this season - all at home;

Leeds - 4231 - let’s just ignore that one, our worst performance of the season until yesterday.

Boro - 442 - we changed to a 5

Reading - 442 - we changed to a 5

Which means LJ has flip-flopped every game pretty much (QPR and Derby away were the only 2 games he kept the same defensive shape all game).

 

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On 20/10/2019 at 00:56, BCFC OF SWEDEN said:

Ok i’m from Sweden but i must say that Lee doesnt have a clue how to use Niclas Eliasson!

He should be one of the first that Lee puts in the team. Even if we play 3-5-2 he should be in the team!

Scandinavian Branch is coming over for the Wigan game, hope to se you all!

 

COYR

I Totally agree with you.

His overall game has come on leaps and bounds and he has looked brilliant most times he's played this season.

I'd find a place for him in the team regardless of formation.

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I just wish he would run at players more, we have seen how effective he can be, but so often he receives the ball and passes back unless he is running into space to receive it.

It's probably LJ's retain possession mantra that sucks the creativity, risk and excitement from a player that I think could deliver on all 3 regularly.

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On 20/10/2019 at 03:23, The Journalist said:

A classic case of needing to concentrate on what a player can do rather than what he can’t.

The amount of luxury players we’ve persisted with carrying over the years (Tomlin, Paterson and Palmer instantly spring to mind and that’s just recently) and we’ve got a guy here who literally creates 2/3 proper goalscoring chances EVERY time he plays and he can’t get in the team.

The trouble with Eliasson is that when he plays we tend to create a greater number of poorer quality chances. I disagree with the bit in bold.

His primary skill, and the main way in which he is deployed, is as a winger instructed to cross the ball in quickly. This is great to watch as he plays fast, has tricky feet and whips those balls into "the mixer". These events stick in the minds of fans - especially when contrasted to an hour of us creating fewer (but better chances) without him - but the trouble is they don't actually increase the likelihood of us scoring. They give the appearance of threatening the goal when in reality each cross is little more than speculative. This then creates the anecdotal argument that we are "more threatening with Eliasson on"; an argument that doesn't really stack up when the stats are analysed. 

This isn't to say that he's a bad player - it's more to say that he isn't the silver bullet some think he is. If he plays we will score, but it's unlikely that we'll score more goals than if he doesn't play. In short I think that LJ is using him just about right as an option from the bench. In fact I'd say that perhaps Eliasson should actually be used in even greater peaks and troughs - getting starts and 70 or 90 minutes against certain teams but then being left out entirely against others.

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18 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

 

The trouble with Eliasson is that when he plays we tend to create a greater number of poorer quality chances. I disagree with the bit in bold.

His primary skill, and the main way in which he is deployed, is as a winger instructed to cross the ball in quickly. This is great to watch as he plays fast, has tricky feet and whips those balls into "the mixer". These events stick in the minds of fans - especially when contrasted to an hour of us creating fewer (but better chances) without him - but the trouble is they don't actually increase the likelihood of us scoring. They give the appearance of threatening the goal when in reality each cross is little more than speculative. This then creates the anecdotal argument that we are "more threatening with Eliasson on"; an argument that doesn't really stack up when the stats are analysed. 

This isn't to say that he's a bad player - it's more to say that he isn't the silver bullet some think he is. If he plays we will score, but it's unlikely that we'll score more goals than if he doesn't play. In short I think that LJ is using him just about right as an option from the bench. In fact I'd say that perhaps Eliasson should actually be used in even greater peaks and troughs - getting starts and 70 or 90 minutes against certain teams but then being left out entirely against others.

Good thought provoking post.

The clamour for “Diedhiou must play when Eliasson does” somewhat backs up your post.  Lots of “good” crosses just missing their target, but lots of oohs and aahs.  He reacts too late, too often.

I do wonder (in fact I’m convinced) that if you had a striker with anticipatory movement up there, more of those oohs and aahs would turn into cheers.  Look at Rodri’s contribution to getting on the end of crosses in a small segment of the game.

Eliasson’s assists:

Forest (h) - Weimann header, good run after corner cleared (from left)

QPR (a) - Weimann header, brilliant movement (from left)

West Brom (a) - Kelly glancing volley getting across his man (from right)

Ipswich (a) - Pato volley, good peel to back post (from left)

Wigan (h) - Taylor header, super run off the back of his man (from right)

Reading (h) - Brownhill header, desire to get on a lopping Cross at back post 2 yards out (from left)

Leeds (h) - Weimann solo effort from pass (from right)

Boro (h) - Palmer header from close-in, not much movement (from left)

Reading (h) - Diedhiou header, harsh but not much movement, just perfect cross (from right)

Plus one in FA Cup:

Bolton (h) - O’Dowda volley, chipped pass onto a good run (central)

5 from the left (!!!), 4 from right, 1 central.  Those crosses from the right as you say look great, but bearing in mind how many more he’s hit from that side, I’d say his crossing from left is more productive.  Ball will tend to swing away from defender onto onrushing City player.

That game at Ipswich last season (3-2 win), showed how well Kelly and Eliasson linked - after he swapped to left side second half (Adelakun started left that night).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

Good thought provoking post.

The clamour for “Diedhiou must play when Eliasson does” somewhat backs up your post.  Lots of “good” crosses just missing their target, but lots of oohs and aahs.  He reacts too late, too often.

I do wonder (in fact I’m convinced) that if you had a striker with anticipatory movement up there, more of those oohs and aahs would turn into cheers.  Look at Rodri’s contribution to getting on the end of crosses in a small segment of the game.

Eliasson’s assists:

Forest (h) - Weimann header, good run after corner cleared (from left)

QPR (a) - Weimann header, brilliant movement (from left)

West Brom (a) - Kelly glancing volley getting across his man (from right)

Ipswich (a) - Pato volley, good peel to back post (from left)

Wigan (h) - Taylor header, super run off the back of his man (from right)

Reading (h) - Brownhill header, desire to get on a lopping Cross at back post 2 yards out (from left)

Leeds (h) - Weimann solo effort from pass (from right)

Boro (h) - Palmer header from close-in, not much movement (from left)

Reading (h) - Diedhiou header, harsh but not much movement, just perfect cross (from right)

Plus one in FA Cup:

Bolton (h) - O’Dowda volley, chipped pass onto a good run (central)

5 from the left (!!!), 4 from right, 1 central.  Those crosses from the right as you say look great, but bearing in mind how many more he’s hit from that side, I’d say his crossing from left is more productive.  Ball will tend to swing away from defender onto onrushing City player.

That game at Ipswich last season (3-2 win), showed how well Kelly and Eliasson linked - after he swapped to left side second half (Adelakun started left that night).

Thanks. One other thing to draw from your list here - Eliasson > Diedhiou = goal has happened once. Once. I'm not sure how much they've played with each other over the seasons but this season so far it's 226 minutes which is 62% of the 361 minutes that Eliasson has played in total. 

On productivity of crosses - Eliasson has hit 50 in total this season, resulting in 3 goals - a 6% conversion rate. This is low but actually compared to the average for crosses as a whole it is very, very high. The average across all crosses is a mere 1.6% (hard to find a reliable stat but this is what a Google search suggested - this article uses stats from the 2011/12 Premier League Season and suggests the average is even lower; 1 in 73, but ranging from 1 in 45 to 1 in 139 across the 20 teams). Does this tell us that Eliasson is unnaturally good at crossing, or is it that he's got decent finishers to aim at? I'm not sure and would need to look at a broader range of stats to decide. However, what I think it does show is that the problem doesn't lie in having strikers who are incapable of finishing Eliasson's crosses; we're actually finishing his (and Hunt's) crosses at a rate 4x higher than the average team would be. Is it telling that Hunt this season has hit 18 fewer crosses than Eliasson yet yielded the same number of assists (plus a cracking goal when he might have crossed, plus a shit ton of defensive work).

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1 hour ago, ExiledAjax said:

 

The trouble with Eliasson is that when he plays we tend to create a greater number of poorer quality chances. I disagree with the bit in bold.

His primary skill, and the main way in which he is deployed, is as a winger instructed to cross the ball in quickly. This is great to watch as he plays fast, has tricky feet and whips those balls into "the mixer". These events stick in the minds of fans - especially when contrasted to an hour of us creating fewer (but better chances) without him - but the trouble is they don't actually increase the likelihood of us scoring. They give the appearance of threatening the goal when in reality each cross is little more than speculative. This then creates the anecdotal argument that we are "more threatening with Eliasson on"; an argument that doesn't really stack up when the stats are analysed. 

This isn't to say that he's a bad player - it's more to say that he isn't the silver bullet some think he is. If he plays we will score, but it's unlikely that we'll score more goals than if he doesn't play. In short I think that LJ is using him just about right as an option from the bench. In fact I'd say that perhaps Eliasson should actually be used in even greater peaks and troughs - getting starts and 70 or 90 minutes against certain teams but then being left out entirely against others.

You make some good points, as does @Davefevs.

I’ve been watching Bristol City for 20 years, though, and we’ve never had a better crosser of a ball in that time. He hits that impossible channel, that has defenders facing their own goal, over and over again and does it with pace on the ball.

As a striker I’d have loved to have played with him, because you know where it’s going.

Agree re: Diedhiou too, I think Afobe’s movement and anticipation would’ve been made for it. Imagine Tammy up top with that service?! Tap-in central.

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12 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

Thanks. One other thing to draw from your list here - Eliasson > Diedhiou = goal has happened once.

The funny thing was before the Reading game it was ME that posted that Eliasson had NEVER assisted Diedhiou....so thank me!!!

Once. I'm not sure how much they've played with each other over the seasons but this season so far it's 226 minutes which is 62% of the 361 minutes that Eliasson has played in total.

I’m not gonna do the research, but it will be a lot / large proportion..


On productivity of crosses - Eliasson has hit 50 in total this season, resulting in 3 goals - a 6% conversion rate.

only 2 were crosses...but it doesn’t change your argument.

This is low but actually compared to the average for crosses as a whole it is very, very high. The average across all crosses is a mere 1.6% (hard to find a reliable stat but this is what a Google search suggested - this article uses stats from the 2011/12 Premier League Season and suggests the average is even lower; 1 in 73, but ranging from 1 in 45 to 1 in 139 across the 20 teams). Does this tell us that Eliasson is unnaturally good at crossing, or is it that he's got decent finishers to aim at? I'm not sure and would need to look at a broader range of stats to decide. However, what I think it does show is that the problem doesn't lie in having strikers who are incapable of finishing Eliasson's crosses; we're actually finishing his (and Hunt's) crosses at a rate 4x higher than the average team would be. Is it telling that Hunt this season has hit 18 fewer crosses than Eliasson yet yielded the same number of assists (plus a cracking goal when he might have crossed, plus a shit ton of defensive work).

call me old fashioned, but I still think the outswinger is easier to attack than an inswinger.  There was a debate on this a season or so ago, where the other side of my argument thought differently (and made good points too).  Wouldn’t mind seeing Eliasson on the left though.

 

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17 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

 

I guess my ultimate thoughts are that there is little point in the coaching staff spending either time on the training pitch or money in the window on trying to improve our efficiency of scoring from Eliasson's crossing. We're already operating at the edge of feasibility in that regard - and should we regress to the average can expect to see fewer converted crosses in the future.

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4 minutes ago, BCFC OF SWEDEN said:

Wonderful win tonight, but i still doesnt understand the treatment of Niclas Eliasson!

Was happy to hear the peoples reaktion at Ashton Gate when Niclas was subsitituted.

 

Ps we are going up, se you on sunday!

LJ post-match explains his thinking. "I knew I was going to get the howls when I made the sub (Diedhiou for Niclas Eliasson) because I understood that it wouldn't have looked like it made sense. I wanted to match them with a diamond and get width from our full-backs. I'm so pleased of the quality and the bravery to keep playing in the second half." Personally I think he was spot on and it worked brilliantly.

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