SharePoint Online - Syncing libraries with custom metadata

I keep hearing about how Admins of SharePoint should be directing users to go "folderless". This means creating Content Types and Site Columns to help users define and search their files, rather than creating folders like in Windows Explorer.

So my question is, if there are no folders in a document library and every file is assigned metadata to represent folder structure, when a user syncs this library and 4,000 items come down into one directory on their computer, how are they expected to find anything? This custom 'Site Column' metadata doesn't come with the files.

Am I looking at this the wrong way?
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Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
You're right that this is a limitation (though on the SP side you have to go with Metadata to get the big benefits).

There's been a feature request in User Voice to get this feature added;

It's possible to use Folders and metadata together, and ignore the folders in the views. Document Sets can incorporate the best features of both approaches...
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