Had an iffy 5-10 minutes with a few slips(some were fouls) and some spooned hooks in midfield. Had a solid 45 minutes, doesn’t look out of place in the side at all, very promising and a shrewd signing!
He looked completely lost when he first came on and the game completely passed him by, however the last 15 minutes when he was moved from right midfield into a more central forward role he was transformed. Showed great composure on the ball and was a totally different player.
Hard to see where he would fit into O'Neill's 4-1-4-1 that he's adopted recently.
He could possibly push Powell wide as he's done before bringing Clucas to replace Allen in the middle.
Powell played wide today in a 4141. First half it was Clucas and Allen, second half it was Clucas and Oakley Boothe (who was a straight replacement for Allen).
But as Rob said TOB definitely looked more like a number 10 than a number 8, he was far more effective when he moved further forward, he has completely different qualities to Allen.
A 4231 would work with Powell on the left of the three and TOB as the number 10 but that would mean losing the DCM and Cousins playing next to Clucas in the 2 but would O'Neill be prepared to give up the DCM?
I suppose it's a question he's going to have to answer when McClean returns anyway but then it'll not only be a question on whether to return to 4231 but whether Powell OR Oakley Boothe play as the number 10.
I think we're down to Cousins or Thompson as the replacement for Allen.