Re: *Official Football Manager Discussion Thread*
From my experience, Benatia is like Carragher, Evans (pre-2012) and Lescott, Pique. Excelled next to perfect defenders, dire next to a less experienced player. Hes done well next to Zouma & S. Taylor, but wasn't so great next to Inigo Martinez. To give him games, I usually ship him onto the right when Anita is tired.
Made an uncharacteristic signing of buying a left winger, who has the weakness of Important Games & Intelligence. Despite that, 6 goals in 13 starts and 8 assists. 8 dribbling runs per games. Pretty much what my attack has needed. Has given something completely different, which I've needed. My previous left wingers (Vuckic, Coutinho, Marveaux) haven't burst forward enough, throwing in crosses on every opportunity. I can see the affect its had. All three of them are natural AMCs. Can't remember the table precisely last season, but I'm sure I've scored 100% more goals. 35 goals after 11 games.