2021/22 Rafael Benitez

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jazzy

Player Valuation: £50m
There is no doubt that Benitez was once a very decent manager but the king of deflection is a dinosaur having achieved nothing of note in the last decade.

Moyes is demonstrating with West Ham that his career is on an upward trajectory and that as a coach he is able to adapt and get the best out of players that he hadn't necessarily signed.
 

jazzy

Player Valuation: £50m
Most of those have not featured heavily under Benitez because they are not good enough or have been unfit this year too.

For us to miss Richy and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for so long this year is crippling and add in our only real driving midfielder and it’s a disaster.

Even the clubs fighting for the title have dropped off when just one of their key players have been out and they have players on their bench who are already better than our starters.
Are Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin defenders?
 

Nymzee

Player Valuation: £120m
Most of those have not featured heavily under Benitez because they are not good enough or have been unfit this year too.

For us to miss Richy and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for so long this year is crippling and add in our only real driving midfielder and it’s a disaster.

Even the clubs fighting for the title have dropped off when just one of their key players have been out and they have players on their bench who are already better than our starters.

Well Richy missed as many games at this stage last season as he has this season.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin obviously massive who's missed 6 of 9.

Doucoure has only missed 1 of 9 this year whereas Allan missed 1 of 9 last season.

So Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the Championship level striker, is the only real difference between last season and this season after 9 games.

Any excuse thrown at Benitez this season I sure hope was thrown at Ancelotti last season.
 

LeeCarsley

Player Valuation: £5m
lot of hyperbole in this thread, I won't call for his head yet but obviously he has to improve. Hopefully he realizes the absolute jokers he is dealing with and starts to pull rank and throw some of them to the curb.
 

Marius57

Player Valuation: £40m
What happens when you let a manager build his own side.

Antonio
Rice
Soucek
Coufal
Ogbonna
Behrama
Bowen

All walk into our side at present. There is no easy fix to our problems hence why we need to let this fella do what he needs to do.

Lets not forget Moyes was branded a dinosaur on here when he was linked to the job as Benitez currently is.
3 of those players not signed by moyes and inherited.
 

Lee Smith

Player Valuation: £35m
I've never been a Benitez fan and always thought he was the wrong man for the job.

However thought we had a decent start to the season beating teams that traditionally you would expect us to beat and showing glimpses of a discernable style and identity and much improved fitness.

But the managerial display yesterday bordered on the comical;

1.Continuing to defend zonally when we keep conceding from set pieces
2.Taking off Gordon
3. Not taking off Rondon
4. Not changing shape when at 2-1 up we were getting overrun in midfield.

Conceeding 5 goals at home to anyone is bad. However conceding 5 to Watford who are crap and to concede 4 goals In the last 15 minutes is unforgivable.

Worst of the lot though was the way that Benitez threw Gordon under the bus in his post match interview.

It summed up the man and is why I despise him.as an individual and why he is totally unsuitable to be our manager.

The master of deflection won't accept what everyone has seen and instead tries to blame a young lad. Disgraceful.
If I could be arsed, I’d create a multi account so I could Like this post twice
 

Gilbert..

Player Valuation: £35m
There is no doubt that Benitez was once a very decent manager but the king of deflection is a dinosaur having achieved nothing of note in the last decade.

Moyes is demonstrating with West Ham that his career is on an upward trajectory and that as a coach he is able to adapt and get the best out of players that he hadn't necessarily signed.

Even moyes would struggle with these defenders. And he would get shot of them as quick as possible.
Godfrey is just the latest expensive defender who cant defend. 25m for a player who looks all over the place.
Every single defender we have cant be trusted to do the basics. There are times you wont get midfield protection and its time to do your job. Defend.
We saw yest exactly what we have. Absolute kamikaze defending.
Unless we're going to park the midfield right in front of them then we're in real trouble until we buy decent defenders. And our track record of that in the past 5/6 years is abysmal.
 

Ghost Rider

Player Valuation: £8m
For the last 15 minutes he could have put either Holgate or Gbamin to sit in front of the back 4 and prevent us being overrun.
The tactical genius that is Benitez did zip tactically.
Not sure why the tactical genius of the fanbase think putting a defender in midfield or a player who hasn't played for 2 years is the answer here.

Or even putting some kid in there that has never played at this level is suddenly going to turn into the next big thing.

Fans always know better, whilst saying the better is worse than the starting 11.
 

jazzy

Player Valuation: £50m
Even moyes would struggle with these defenders. And he would get shot of them as quick as possible.
Godfrey is just the latest expensive defender who cant defend. 25m for a player who looks all over the place.
Every single defender we have cant be trusted to do the basics. There are times you wont get midfield protection and its time to do your job. Defend.
We saw yest exactly what we have. Absolute kamikaze defending.
Unless we're going to park the midfield right in front of them then we're in real trouble until we buy decent defenders. And our track record of that in the past 5/6 years is abysmal.
The same defenders did well under Ancelotti.

Sure there was plenty wrong with his team in the 2nd half of the season but very interesting that they become terrible when Benitez gets his mits on them.
 

Nymzee

Player Valuation: £120m
Not sure why the tactical genius of the fanbase think putting a defender in midfield or a player who hasn't played for 2 years is the answer here.

Or even putting some kid in there that has never played at this level is suddenly going to turn into the next big thing.

Fans always know better, whilst saying the better is worse than the starting 11.

Holgate has played in midfield before; it's not a complicated role for 20 minutes. Win headers, block passing lanes, stop letting them run through us.

Maybe every UEFA Pro License people get their common sense levels just disappear.
 

jazzy

Player Valuation: £50m
Not sure why the tactical genius of the fanbase think putting a defender in midfield or a player who hasn't played for 2 years is the answer here.

Or even putting some kid in there that has never played at this level is suddenly going to turn into the next big thing.

Fans always know better, whilst saying the better is worse than the starting 11.
Could it have been worse than Benitez's performance as manager yesterday amigo?
 

NathDogg

Player Valuation: £35m
I'm certainly not calling for Benitez to be sacked just yet, but any more performances like yesterday and it won't be long til he's gone.

I know we have a terrible squad of absolute cowards that he is working with, and he's had a pitiful transfer budget following Marcel and his shockingly inept performances, but anyone excusing Benitez from having anything to do with that debacle yesterday needs to see a doctor soon - he got so much wrong from minute one it's really concerning.
 
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