I think he's caught Damien Duff disease. He suddenly just stopped going past players and his career seemed to collapse almost overnight.
Russell's speed and head down endeavour was a nightmare to defend against and mutch like Ward, could create things from nothing. He doesn't go past players any more.
If it's a confidence thing I don't know. I think he needs dropping and that will make or break. Hopefully make.
I have to say though, having played a bit, having a constant turnover of managers isn't going to help a player. Certainly not one with a confidence issue. Every few months the players have the insecurity of whether the new manager likes them, wants them, has a place for them, sees them as an asset to sell etc.
Our trigger finger has a lot to do with our fall from grace post Wembley. Imo.