Valencia was one of my favorite players from last year, and I think we miss his directness on the ball this season. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he can come back and be the same kind of player he was last season -- maybe he's even worked on his left foot during his rehab! With Nani and Park out we will be struggling for goals, offensive hustle and creativity -- we need a healthy (and fearless) Tony V back as soon as possible!
haha. I call him Tony V sometimes. Considering how good he was for us last season, he's been a bit of a forgotten man this season, and although Nani's done brilliantly, we have missed him, with both him and Nani, we would be a lot better.
I don't think we could have wished for a better comeback, never thought it would go that well. Great timing too what with Nani out. Fergie said after the game that he felt a bit more confident that Nani would play vs Bolton.
I actually thought Valencia looked more dangerous than he was before the injury? Never really seen him run at defenders and dribble past them, usually he uses his pace to create a bit of room and cross, but yesterday he was prepared to take on his marker and looked like he could get past him every time!
He was excellent, the only criticism I would have is that when he cuts back onto his left he is unwilling to try anything with it. A few times today I felt Nani would've got a shot on target in the same situation. His direct running and quality of ball makes a massive difference. I'd like to see him and Chicharito on the field regularly.
I feel it's a bit harsh to criticise him too much as he's only just back from a long term injury, also played to his strengths and you can't argue with that, only player to play well for 90 really. 54 + assist/74 passing success. Had 2 shots, would like to see him take more on but it's still early in his comeback and while he's creating goals i'm not too bothered by that.
From having to overplay Nani as the only winger in the squad (discounting Obertan and Bebe) to having 4 wingers on the pitch at the same time, what a difference it makes, especially when our game is all about wing play. But AV25 is amazing, to be able to come back from an injury like that so quickly and then back to match fitness looking like he was never away within a couple of games, shows his mental strength.
He's not scared to go 100% into a challenge either which is something you see from players who have suffered bad ankle injuries. Won a few 50/50s tonight. It helps when he's both physically and mentally strong. Great to have him back.