I didnt want to pollute the KKJ thread because this isn't isolated to him. I dunno whats the source, whether it be PJS or Barca or what, but many people on this forum totally overvalue intelligence. Would I prefer our guys to be super smart on and off the ball? Sure. But there are a lot of players for lots of good teams who aren't the brightest tool in the shed. And lots of teams who are successful who don't play flowing football. Best teams in the world? No. But we're talking about a KNT which doesn't even have established starters for many positions, or EPL clubs which seem to be doing fine playing one grade better than kick n rush football, etc. United did pretty fine last year in the EPL playing rigid, at times unimaginative football even if they didn't compare vs Barca in the CL finals. Having football brains isn't a prerequisite to becoming a very successful player. Your goal is to get the ball in the net, and if you can use superior speed, physical force, or ball skills to get it in there, so be it. This is not to say I don't value intelligence. It frustrates the crap out of me when I see players miss the pass that will unlock the defense, or stand around when they should be stretching the line or whatever. But its just one piece of the pie.