Eric Bailly l Match Discussion Thread 2021/22

Cosmic Slop

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Turns out Bailly can actually defend. Thank God for that. He was plugging all the holes in defense, nearly a one-man army back there. Thank feck he kept it together.
 

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He’s a bit of a maverick and very reckless sometimes but when he’s on it he’s actually a very good defender. He single handedly kept us in the game last night - that block from Zapata was unreal defending.

I’ve always said if he stays fit he should be one of the first choice centre backs - sadly staying fit has always been an issue. Then it’s not easy coming in for the odd game here and there when you’ve recovered from these injuries.

Would give him the City game after that performance.
 

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Think last night was Bailly in a nutshell.

1) the amazing block to deny Zapata
2) the switching off that allowed Zapata in behind to score.

The only thing missing was him either hobbling off or being sent off because that's basically how he rolls.

Now I thought on the night Zapata was great would be a nightmare for any centre back to handle so it's very hard I'd say even impossible to keep him quiet for 20 minutes.
 

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So friggin annoying, he's got all the tools to be the best centre-half out there, pace, power, strength and the skill to pull off Cruyff turns in his own box when he's got two/three players up his backside, it's just his more than fair share of brainfarts that's holding him back.
 

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Played well today but let’s be honest we know what’s coming in the next game.
 

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Sadly probably true but if he did play you just know against Arsenal he'll do something stupid or get injured because that is how it goes with Bailly.

The guy has had rotten luck with injuries since he came to Utd had he stayed fit and had a coach that worked with him he could have become a really top class defender like you say it's all there but he's 28 in a few months so it's fair to say he's not really going to develop into much more than he already is.

He's almost 28 in his 9th full season as a pro and he's actually only played in 162 competitive games.
 

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