When Liverpool played Queens Park Rangers recently, summer signing Emre Can came in for criticism after some fans accused him of not being at his best.
The statistics suggested he had a fairly solid game, and yet as we all know, sometimes stats do not tell the whole story. But here is another story including them anyway, because by all accounts Can had a considerably better outing a week later against Hull City, and the German midfielder is beginning to bed in well since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen.
Can is only 20, and yet he already has plenty of experience having played for Bayern Munich as a teenager. He is also showing a consistency that will please his manager Brendan Rodgers.
A week after having a pass accuracy of 83.78 per cent, he managed 82.5 per cent against the Tigers. But this time he got more involved, touching the ball 52 times and looking like a long-term midfield partner for Jordan Henderson.
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Can also won one interception, one aerial duel, four ground duels and made two effective clearances. In short, he was important, and while Liverpool failed to score Can did a good job keeping Hull at bay at the opposite end.
He is settling in well at Anfield and when you consider the performances of Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic so far, Can's emergence should be commended.
Players do not all settle swiftly but Can appears to be, and that can only bode well for the future.