This is an interesting little tid-bit, isn’t it? Clearly Pellegrini was concerned about his side’s ability to break the Eagles down on Saturday, and so wanted extra attacking options on the bench to throw at Palace late on. That surely must be the case, otherwise he likely would have had Masuaku on the bench ahead of Snodgrass, perhaps. It’s curious, then, that Pellegrini still didn’t turn to summer signing Albian Ajeti as the game wore on. The Switzerland international is a striker, after all, yet the Chilean has rarely looked to him to change games. Masuaku obviously isn’t a massively attacking option when he’s being brought on as a left back, not in comparison to a Fornals or an Ajeti anyway, but his omission on Saturday tells you everything about how far he has fallen within a month of being the undisputed starting left back at the London Stadium.