Think that is a bit of a harsh assessment in my opinion. Watching him on the weekend - he has many traits that many other players just don't have. Is a very exciting prospect - regardless of draft position.I’m scratching my head here, due to this pumping of Rayners tyres.
The way I look at him, he is a player who was in the middle lane of a 100 metres race ( favourite ), doesn’t get in the qualifying positions, so is sent to the repercharge heats. Runs in the repercharge heats, and qualifies to come back into the semi finals. Does well and qualifies for the final in lane 8.
Put simply, he was a number 1 pick, showed so so form and then had a major injury. Before injury he was playing like a pick 20+ player. He has now resurrected his career, and is now back to being rated in the top 15 of his draft.
If he’d been drafted at pick 19, people would be saying that he was a good pick and had some more upside. Being drafted at pick 1, people have expected a lot more from him.
Great that he is playing well, but still a long way to go before he should be in the discussion of top 10 midfielders.