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He played well until it came to passing the ball or taking a set piece !
It's the set piece curse. Any player who is given the set piece duty automatically becomes unable to beat the first defender or even deliver the ball in a vaguely dangerous area, Jensen perfected the art :oops: .
 

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I’m sure his yellow card arose out of frustration with his own performance. Very silly.
 

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I'd agree it was probably Canos's worst performance of the season. Certainly in his use of the ball he was below par, however he's been one of our most consistent performers this year,
I’ve been one of Sergi’s big defenders on this thread but I can’t argue with any this.
 

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I’ve been one of Sergi’s big defenders on this thread but I can’t argue with any this.
His level and maturity of performance this season have been excellent though you do get the impression his detractors from last season are just waiting for any opportunity to unleash their wrath upon him in twitter and electronic media world even though he has proved them wrong. All of our players will - and have- had off days. Let's not forget until this season I believe (before Zanka arrived) only Sergi and Ivan had any Premier League experience at all and that was hardly worth mentioning.

The wing back positions in our current formation are an incredibly difficult position to play especially with the quality of opponent they face week-in-week out. The amount of recovery runs required to not only overlap or support the attack but then track back and defend when attacks break down requires incredible levels of fitness, often both Sergi and Rico look absolutely dead on their feet in the final third of the game & that is unsurprising. I wouldn't be surprised if Roerslev gets some game time as we have to rotate this month.
 

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His level and maturity of performance this season have been excellent though you do get the impression his detractors from last season are just waiting for any opportunity to unleash their wrath upon him in twitter and electronic media world even though he has proved them wrong. All of our players will - and have- had off days. Let's not forget until this season I believe (before Zanka arrived) only Sergi and Ivan had any Premier League experience at all and that was hardly worth mentioning.

The wing back positions in our current formation are an incredibly difficult position to play especially with the quality of opponent they face week-in-week out. The amount of recovery runs required to not only overlap or support the attack but then track back and defend when attacks break down requires incredible levels of fitness, often both Sergi and Rico look absolutely dead on their feet in the final third of the game & that is unsurprising. I wouldn't be surprised if Roerslev gets some game time as we have to rotate this month.
They’re also playing against far better players than they’ll have come across before on a regular basis. I hope we don’t have to find out but if we were back in the Championship both would rip teams apart there now because they’d be laughing at how much easier their opposite numbers were to get past or stop.
 

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He needs a rest and a hair dye change. Really struggled tonight in that wing back position.
 

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This is where we needed to sign a right back. Sergi had a fantastic start to the season but was always gonna suffer a dip in form at some point, which he has last two games. Really could do with a rest but you can hardly throw Roerslev straight in at Elland Road.
 

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When he was flying up and down the pitch in the early part of the season he was a big part of why our formation works. Now he's knackered and back to being an automatic sub each game. That affects both the way we play and our options as you have to account for his physical state in our choice of how to change the game. Ideally you bring on Roerslev but in situations like tonight you waste a sub on a non-game changer
 

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It's a shame there's been a few negatives to him recently, obviously a player most fans like a lot! But we knew we were light in the right back position and it's starting to tell a bit. I'd be more than happy to have him as a backup, but I hope we pursue a signing to take this position.
 

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It's a shame there's been a few negatives to him recently, obviously a player most fans like a lot! But we knew we were light in the right back position and it's starting to tell a bit. I'd be more than happy to have him as a backup, but I hope we pursue a signing to take this position.

I would be shocked if this is not task number 1 in January
 

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Whilst not denying he could do with a rest I think not having Ajer as part of the back three has had a negative impact on him. Ajer links up well with him & brings the ball out well giving Sergi more scope to find attacking space, Ajer also offers more cover as his positional sense & pace are excellent. As solid as Goode has been he doesn't give the same options. Both Sergi & Rico are running on fumes in a hugely demanding position.
 

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Whilst not denying he could do with a rest I think not having Ajer as part of the back three has had a negative impact on him. Ajer links up well with him & brings the ball out well giving Sergi more scope to find attacking space, Ajer also offers more cover as his positional sense & pace are excellent. As solid as Goode has been he doesn't give the same options. Both Sergi & Rico are running on fumes in a hugely demanding position.
I think Rico is doing OK where he is, but Sergei is making schoolboy errors.
I have lost count of the times he has given the ball away and gets caught high up the park.
The tackle on Rico v Everton was the result of a midfielder not knowing where on the pitch his team mate was.
It was stupid and never should have happened.
 

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Sergi in front of Goode doesn’t work, we miss Ajer for his presence, power and ability to break forward at pace. Sergi has been poor since he’s been missing and off key playing in front of Zanka and Goode.
I think Ethan is not playing with his usual confidence too.
 

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I think Ethan is not playing with his usual confidence too.
Premier League is hard and that might be showing a bit tbh but I'm never having kittens when a team is attacking down Ethan and Rico's side - which frankly doesn't happen much because other teams know and target our weaker right side.
 

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I think Rico is doing OK where he is, but Sergei is making schoolboy errors.
I have lost count of the times he has given the ball away and gets caught high up the park.
The tackle on Rico v Everton was the result of a midfielder not knowing where on the pitch his team mate was.
It was stupid and never should have happened.
Not quite sure who Sergei is ;) - although commentators and away announcers seem to struggle with his name as well. Sergi plays higher than Rico and in a slightly different role as a wing back, he is more likely to get caught playing high and it's very noticeable as Sonofabee & BFC1997 have noted when Ajer isn't playing.
Canos has struggled in the last two games compared to his good form before that. I would argue that he is still doing his defensive work diligently and made a couple of good blocks and headers this evening but hasn't done much offensively. I think schoolboy errors is very harsh. We haven't done well in possession at all in the last two games and our midfield has been particularly profligate in that sense with Frank and Vitaly struggling tonight again, this puts a strain on both wing backs as well as they get little recovery time and are mostly on the defensive.
 

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It's a shame there's been a few negatives to him recently, obviously a player most fans like a lot! But we knew we were light in the right back position and it's starting to tell a bit. I'd be more than happy to have him as a backup, but I hope we pursue a signing to take this position.
It’s been well documented on the GPG that we’re short of a right back. We knew Dalsgaard was going back to Denmark ages before the end of last season, so I guess poor Sergei is carrying the can for our failure to recruit. Dalsgaard used to make runs forward with the ball at his feet, but from a more defensive position, and Sergei does too but he stays more forward, leaving us a bit open on the counter, e.g. Son last night, but also both Norwich and Everton played on it as well.
 

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It’s been well documented on the GPG that we’re short of a right back. We knew Dalsgaard was going back to Denmark ages before the end of last season, so I guess poor Sergei is carrying the can for our failure to recruit. Dalsgaard used to make runs forward with the ball at his feet, but from a more defensive position, and Sergei does too but he stays more forward, leaving us a bit open on the counter, e.g. Son last night, but also both Norwich and Everton played on it as well.
I don’t think it’s a failure to recruit as that would assume we tried and were unable to recruit. From TF’s interview it was clear he wants Sergi as a winger to play the RWB role. He would have liked Dalsgaard to stay but as a RCB. We succeeded in recruiting a fantastic RCB ahead of other PL teams (both Norwich and Newcastle wanted Ajer) who combined excellently with him but is injured. Having back up of a similar quality to our record signing was never realistic- it isn’t for any club outside the current top 3 (who are a headache for FPL picks because when their full squads are fit they could happily drop a James, Chilwell, Alonso, TAA or Robertson and be equally brilliant).

I think because of the way we play as a team our proper first choice starting XI (ie as seen against Arsenal and Liverpool) is up to getting results against anyone despite often man for man being less highly rated than their opposite number. But that also means if we’re short of anyone, team play has to do even more to compensate for the quality imbalance and at times can’t because without damning the alternates, they’re much less good than the first choices. So having been built on the foundation of a keeper with incredible distribution skills and a highly mobile pair of wide CBs, losing Raya and Ajer weakens us a lot. Goode and Zanka have done decent jobs as has Alvaro, but we can’t expect them to be as brilliant from day one.

I think we’re doing fine and should stay up safely. That’ll do and we may well do better than that. I actually would hate for us to this season fly so high as to make top 6 as it’d put additional stress on a squad that needs a few years of the sort of continual improvement we saw in our last 3 Championship seasons.
 

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I don’t know why we continue to run our players into the ground, it had to be Roerslev starting last night knowing that Reguilon would spend most the game in our half. Sergi looked knackered after 2 minutes. Poor from TF.
 

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I think you also have to remember he won't come up against such a good LWB opponent every week in Reguilon and along with Son also doubled up.
Our RHS was clearly targeted as a weakness and I thought we were completely 'owned' tactically as they set and sprang traps just their side of the half-way line.
 

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I don’t know why we continue to run our players into the ground, it had to be Roerslev starting last night knowing that Reguilon would spend most the game in our half. Sergi looked knackered after 2 minutes. Poor from TF.

A few managers and pundits commented on this 6 weeks ago.

I thought (****s). Now I know they are right.
 

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Quite honestly, if a player needs another player in order to perform, he shouldn't be in the team.
It’s a team game. All players need each other to perform.
 

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It’s been well documented on the GPG that we’re short of a right back. We knew Dalsgaard was going back to Denmark ages before the end of last season, so I guess poor Sergei is carrying the can for our failure to recruit. Dalsgaard used to make runs forward with the ball at his feet, but from a more defensive position, and Sergei does too but he stays more forward, leaving us a bit open on the counter, e.g. Son last night, but also both Norwich and Everton played on it as well.
The clue is in the name. Henrik was a (wing) back. Sergi is a wing(back).
If we don’t address this problem in January I fear it will cost us dear. It’s an obvious weakness and in this league it will be ruthlessly exploited.
 

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I don’t think it’s a failure to recruit as that would assume we tried and were unable to recruit. From TF’s interview it was clear he wants Sergi as a winger to play the RWB role. He would have liked Dalsgaard to stay but as a RCB. We succeeded in recruiting a fantastic RCB ahead of other PL teams (both Norwich and Newcastle wanted Ajer) who combined excellently with him but is injured. Having back up of a similar quality to our record signing was never realistic- it isn’t for any club outside the current top 3 (who are a headache for FPL picks because when their full squads are fit they could happily drop a James, Chilwell, Alonso, TAA or Robertson and be equally brilliant).

I think because of the way we play as a team our proper first choice starting XI (ie as seen against Arsenal and Liverpool) is up to getting results against anyone despite often man for man being less highly rated than their opposite number. But that also means if we’re short of anyone, team play has to do even more to compensate for the quality imbalance and at times can’t because without damning the alternates, they’re much less good than the first choices. So having been built on the foundation of a keeper with incredible distribution skills and a highly mobile pair of wide CBs, losing Raya and Ajer weakens us a lot. Goode and Zanka have done decent jobs as has Alvaro, but we can’t expect them to be as brilliant from day one.

I think we’re doing fine and should stay up safely. That’ll do and we may well do better than that. I actually would hate for us to this season fly so high as to make top 6 as it’d put additional stress on a squad that needs a few years of the sort of continual improvement we saw in our last 3 Championship seasons.
Yes you make a lot of good points. In an ideal world the players that don’t make the team as first choice would be as good as the injured players, so the team would be seamless. This, however, is expensive, and you rightly point out that we are pacing ourselves, partly due to the financial constraints that bigger clubs don’t have. A fit Ajer would do us a power of good, but even so, our lack of depth in our squad is showing down our right side.
 

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I posted after 2 minutes Spurs tactics were to attack behind him and I called it absolutely correct. They worked out how to get between him and Goode so many times eg 2nd goal. Roerslev is more than able to play instead of him in that role and is better defender (and his crossing can't be any worse) and to be honest Stevens also can play that role well. I think TF has to make some tough calls for the Leeds match and number 1 must be to drop Canos
 

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This is where we needed to sign a right back. Sergi had a fantastic start to the season but was always gonna suffer a dip in form at some point, which he has last two games. Really could do with a rest but you can hardly throw Roerslev straight in at Elland Road.
Out of interest why not given you've been an advocate of Onyeka starting every possible lg game this season?
 

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I would prefer Sergi to have a couple of games up front and be excused most defensive duties. He might have been a better option than Bryan last night who seems to be lacking in confidence at present.
 

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Yep, pace very important against Leeds and fresh legs are needed.
He'll be up against Dan James and MR did very well against ASM, and he'll not have to worry about the latter's diagnonal running as it'll be all down the outside channel at ER.
 

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I posted after 2 minutes Spurs tactics were to attack behind him and I called it absolutely correct. They worked out how to get between him and Goode so many times eg 2nd goal. Roerslev is more than able to play instead of him in that role and is better defender (and his crossing can't be any worse) and to be honest Stevens also can play that role well. I think TF has to make some tough calls for the Leeds match and number 1 must be to drop Canos
I suppose we see what we want to. Reguilon & Son both were excellent & combined brilliantly for the 2nd goal but I didn't see Canos & Goode ripped apart throughout the match, you could equally ask where all three of our centre halves were for the 2nd. It wasn't Canos's defending that was an issue but that we had no outlet at all last night offensively on the right I can recall one situation where we had one overlap. I do think Canos struggles with Goode in the CRB role as I've noted elsewhere.
For all that I think their is a convincing argument to rest Canos & give Roerslev a go against Leeds. I think Sergi could make a decent impact sub & let's see how Mads does. Steven's is a prospect but no where near Premier League ready yet.
 
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