It’s at the point in Hector Bellerin‘s career when he really needs to start establishing who he is on a regular basis. He’s no longer the prospect that he long was at Arsenal. He’s a budding veteran now, and while he has grown tremendously over the years, one thing continues to baffle me.
Take the match against Leicester City. Overall, he was tremendous. He played with speed and precision like peak Bellerin. His delivery in the 39th minute was beautiful and should have netted him an assist.
His one-twos with Bukayo Saka were vital to creating chances on that right-hand side and he defended with confidence, knowing that he was guarded if he drove out of his position to close down Leicester’s wingers.
But none of that existed in the first 15 minutes. In fact, he was awful in the first 15 minutes and this wasn’t the first time.
Yet again, Bellerin was damn near detrimental in the early parts of the match. His passes were telegraphed and easily picked out, his speed wasn’t there, his combination play was laughable and I was about ready to lose my mind with all the predicaments he was putting Saka in.