I really don't understand how this lad is taking so much stick, it's almost like I am watching a different game to some people!
Is he as good as Gerrard? No of course not, but to me he looks like a hell of a player in the making and certainly not our problem at the moment.
He has a good touch, controls the ball well, rarely misplaces a pass and at times again today he was the furthest forward trying to get on the end of something in the box. Ok so he doesn't play Hollywood balls all the time but he never lets anyone down and isn't a liability.
Off the ball in defence he is looking very good, full of energy, very fit, quick and normally the first to be closing down players. Over the last month or so he seems to have developed an ability to nick the ball off the toe of the opposition and start a break. Dare I say it at times it reminds me of Lucas.
Combine the two and I think you have a very talented player who has got massive potential.
Be clear though, it is not his fault if we don't have a number 9 in the team so that he can thread balls through, or if he gives the ball to someone who then loses it (Enrique!). He is doing a good job and will get better in my opinion.
Lay off the lad, support him and he will come good.