When he’s unfit this game is rendered ineffective. He’ll be tackled or fouled cheaply by the first man, or the defence will have time to get organised and close off the space. Because he’s off-rhythm he won’t time his distribution properly. Adjusting to the extra pressure of facing a defensive line that can see him coming, his passing in behind is wayward. Then, apparently mindful of his performance, he overcompensates and ends up trying to force opportunities that aren’t there. It all adds up to more cul-de-sacs and possession lost.