I'm not saying he hasn't had good games, my point is, is that he's nowhere near as good as people make out, or more to the point, he's nowhere near as good physically as well as ability wise in the premier league.
Statistics can be used both ways to be fair, eggnog is our top scorer this season(if I'm right in saying) and by that rational he should have started on Sunday. But he didn't, why not? Because you start with your best players, of which Aquilani isn't one, and if I was to use the well trodden 'RAWK hunch methodology' I'd say Rafa realised he'd bought a bit of a dud as well.
I'd honestly like to think he'd come back prove me and many others wrong and turn into the player we all want him to be, but I just can't see it.
I just question what he could have done differently to prove you wrong (aside from being injured less, which down the stretch if I remember correctly he played week in and week out). I just don't know if we can truly assess how good he could have been for us because we didn't give him enough time. The lad looked quality late in the season against good opposition. I remember him getting ten-fifteen minutes top against Manchester United and still managed to open up the game. Some of the balls he played down the pitch were incredible, the one to Maxi against Burnley and the one to Torres against Portsmouth were sublime to be quite frank.
I am not saying he's a super star. I'm just saying I certainly believe he is a better option than Joe Cole at the moment, and our team certainly played better with him on the pitch. In terms of the statistics argument, I think that the fact that half of Ngog's goals are against sides I have never heard of tells the story in itself. Aquilani's goals/assist total comes from the likes of Spurs, Atletico, Bolton, etc....teams that are well established in England and Europe. I just watch our squad right now and wonder if he is a missing ingredient, not THE missing ingredient mind you because there are several, but just a player who would be a step in the right direction.
Not to mention, correct me if I'm wrong, were we not something like undefeated but for the Chelsea game with him in the starting XI. Like I said, I'm not saying he's a world beater, just that we'll never know if he could have been a great player.