Abou Diaby has been called the new Patrick Vieira by some but I think the comparisons are unfair.
I'd love him to be a Vieira clone but unfortunately the only similarities between Diaby and Vieira is they are both tall, black and French.
Diaby has always wanted to be given the chance to play in the centre of midfield. He now has the opportunity and he needs to take it with both hands.
At the moment he isn't doing that. Yesterday was another poor display and he was even shifted to the left of midfield, eventually being subbed.
Diaby has plenty of ability but we aren't seeing it. Maybe its a lack of confidence? Whatever the reason, he is frustrating to watch because you know what he can do! With his talent he should be dominating games against the likes of Bolton.
He could become a great player. The injury that left him out of the game for a long time hasn't helped his progression but he is young and has time on his side.
He won't get a better chance to make the central midfield role his own. At the moment he isn't living up to expectations and you worry he never will.
I hope Diaby can step up to the plate and nail his place in the side being Cesc Fabregas's long term partner but he has to do a lot more than he is at present.
Keep it goonerish.............