I’m not sure how to feel about this. On one hand I always felt we overpaid for a squad player but otoh, he’s shown glimpses of quality here and there. Now if we find a better winger to replace him then I won’t care but if we don’t then I’ll be worried.
I thought Stewart was brilliant today, in every aspect of the game. I spoke to Stewart about six or seven weeks ago and we had an honest conversation about where he was at. He’s in his late 20s, he was an England international a few years ago and he wasn’t playing [regularly for Liverpool]. So we spoke about how he could get into the team. And I think his reaction from that moment, like it has been for Jose Enrique and one or two of the others, has been outstanding. His goal today was a fantastic strike and he combines very well with Glen Johnson out on the right side because he clears space for Glen to run into. Stewart’s movement is really intelligent and his pass for Steven’s goal was superb. You’ll find with attacking players, because their job is always to take people on, if it’s not quite happening for them, they need that bit of support. But all they can do is work hard. Stewart has played a lot of games. He’s a very important member of our group at the minute and if he keeps performing like that, hopefully he’ll establish himself in [the side] and show the talent he clearly has. If he keeps playing like that, he’ll be going nowhere - he’ll be staying in the team and that’s what it’s about.