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      Joel Matip Player Thread

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      CT_LFC
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      Re: Joel Matip Player Thread
      Reply #500: Apr 09, 2019 03:13:19 pm
      https://twitter.com/k8a_naby/status/1115544991936450560?s=21

      I actually remember thinking we needed some of this at the time as we weren’t able to pass forward with any momentum. Well in Matip.

      That play in the video is what led to the Mane header from up close where he hit it too close to Gunn but was basically our best scoring opportunity up to that point in the game. Matip is no stranger to dribbling past midfield which has helped us on a few occasions open up the other team.

      He's a very underrated defender who cost nothing and do not believe is on crazy high wages. A definite keeper.
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      Reply #501: Apr 09, 2019 03:22:54 pm

      No he's not, he's a defender.
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      Reply #502: Apr 09, 2019 04:03:24 pm
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      Reply #503: Apr 09, 2019 11:03:29 pm
      Wonder if he comes back in for Chel$ki game?
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      Reply #504: Apr 09, 2019 11:04:21 pm
      Wonder if he comes back in for Chel$ki game?

      I hope so!!!
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      Re: Joel Matip Player Thread
      Reply #505: Apr 21, 2019 08:41:34 pm
      He hasn't half turned things around. If only he can stay fit, would be happy for him to be the third choice centre back.
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      Reply #506: Apr 21, 2019 10:28:25 pm
      Been absolutely superb since coming in.
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      Reply #507: Apr 21, 2019 11:10:13 pm
      Thought he was poor against Porto but he more than put that right today, another very good performance from him.
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      Reply #508: Apr 22, 2019 12:32:49 am
      Love how he glides up the field right through the center of oppos midfield, just that final ball needs fixing.
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      Re: Joel Matip Player Thread
      Reply #509: Apr 22, 2019 01:43:33 pm
      Bit of a resurgence. I think at this point he’s barely behind Joe (when Joes fully fit) as #2 CB.
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      Reply #510: Apr 22, 2019 02:33:51 pm
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      Reply #511: Apr 23, 2019 12:44:50 am
      We need to start appreciating this fella a little more!

      https://streamable.com/t7evk

      IMO if Joe comes through Huddersfield with no issues, then our strongest back line for Barcelona is: Gomez-Matip-VVD-Robertson
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      Reply #512: Apr 23, 2019 02:54:31 am
      The 2 videos above are great to show how good and underappreciated he is. Some of the stuff people have said bashing the guy is mind boggling. Just a very solid player. One thing you notice in the videos is that he needs to shoot more. When he's made it past the midfield and is approaching the other team's box, the defenders in front of him are collapsing and trying to cover our other players while giving Matip plenty of space in front of him to shoot. His passes through the middle that basically bypass the entire midfield are also fantastic.
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      Reply #513: Apr 23, 2019 12:16:41 pm
      The 2 videos above are great to show how good and underappreciated he is. Some of the stuff people have said bashing the guy is mind boggling. Just a very solid player. One thing you notice in the videos is that he needs to shoot more. When he's made it past the midfield and is approaching the other team's box, the defenders in front of him are collapsing and trying to cover our other players while giving Matip plenty of space in front of him to shoot. His passes through the middle that basically bypass the entire midfield are also fantastic.

      Yep , could do with a couple of Agger shots.
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      Reply #514: Apr 23, 2019 02:08:47 pm
      This must be the longest run he’s had in the team since signing? Since Virgil came in he’s obviously been rotated but he’s staying free from injury now too. Only a broken collarbone happening in the last minute of a game has stopped him from having an even longer run in the team. Really upped his consistency too. Still has the odd sketchy game here and there but name a player that doesn’t from time to time.
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      Reply #515: Apr 23, 2019 05:41:47 pm
      He’s good for a third choice and much more reliable than Lovren, in that he is at least available!

      Probably the best passer out of the CB’s but as a defender he is still liable to be bullied a bit too easily and is too hesitant in certain instances when urgency is required.

      Probably the best 3rd choice in the league.
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      Reply #516: Apr 23, 2019 05:56:33 pm
      He’s good for a third choice and much more reliable than Lovren, in that he is at least available!

      Probably the best passer out of the CB’s but as a defender he is still liable to be bullied a bit too easily and is too hesitant in certain instances when urgency is required.

      Probably the best 3rd choice in the league.

      Better than a lot of 2nd choices in the league truth be told.
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      Re: Joel Matip Player Thread
      Reply #517: Apr 24, 2019 06:32:01 am
      I'd rather we sell Lovren and keep Matip as our first choice as a replacement for Gomez and VVD.
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      Reply #518: May 01, 2019 11:00:18 pm
      VVD gets all the plaudits, but thought Joel was the pick of the two tonight.
      Shame we conceded 3, but still thought he did really well.
      Getting better at coming out of defense with the ball too, used to let it get away from him, but looks more comfortable bringing it forward these days.
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      Reply #519: May 08, 2019 12:11:50 am
      He was an unsung hero tonight but he was absolutely f**king brilliant. A fine defensive display!
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      Re: Joel Matip Player Thread
      Reply #520: May 08, 2019 12:13:26 am
      got to get the award for most improved player has not put a foot wrong since Joe's injury superb again tonight
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      Re: Joel Matip Player Thread
      Reply #521: May 08, 2019 12:35:23 am
      Joel has really stepped up his game this season.
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      Re: Joel Matip Player Thread
      Reply #522: May 08, 2019 12:54:11 am
      Incredible tonight, best game in a red shirt. As a few have pointed out in this thread he has been playing well for a good while now.
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      Re: Joel Matip Player Thread
      Reply #523: May 08, 2019 02:57:46 am
      Yup. A year ago, didn’t care if we got rid of him. But the last few months he’s been absolutely superb.
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      Re: Joel Matip Player Thread
      Reply #524: May 08, 2019 07:10:34 am
      Not only his defending, but his diagonal passes were awesome too.

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