yeah but this is part of what I and apparently a lot of others think is the problem, he wants to take freekicks even deep back in his own half, said it before he’s the over eager school kid who wants the ball 100% of the time.
by no means will I ever question his ability, he is a great player but as you say the deep role is no go for him. But for the amount of set pieces he takes I would expect he would get more assists. I don’t think he should take all our corners and freekicks but there you go.
keep saying this but I honestly don’t think he trusts the other players which is why he wants the ball and comes deep and why he wants every set piece.
I also understand his thinking and partly agree but him doing the above doesn’t help the team and leaves him not doing his own job as effective.
let’s not pretend here although he’s shown moments of brilliance this season ( as he always does) I would say this is his worst season so far since we signed him in terms of his match to match consistency. Obv that’s just my view