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« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2021, 11:59:05 am »

I've said this before but I'm not averse to repeating myself (and it's something of a tradition on here) so I'll say it again  Grin.

Yes, we lost a lot of good players over the summer but I wouldn't write off the current batch as bad players. I actually think we've recruited players that are probably "better footballers" in some cases but Curle didn't know what to do with them once he had them. He then asked them to play in a style that they weren't used to, didn't suit them and that frankly they aren't physically equipped to play. The end result is they played badly, lost a lot of games and have basically been psychologically broken by the experience.

I think a good few of them are still technically decent players, they are just going out expecting to do badly and as a result are playing out a form of self-fulfilling prophecy.

Nowhere is this more tangible than up front. Look at our strikers -
  • Rose is a proven goalscorer and is probably the least affected as a result but certainly isn't firing on all cylinders
  • A bit of a moot point, perhaps, but Smith is the epitome of this. He's a decent footballer and finisher. He just isn't a targetman. We used him as a targetman and he couldn't do it. He's clearly quite a highly strung player and it's had an effect on him. I think it's a shame he was farmed out when he was because we could really use him right now
  • Korboa had bags of energy and looked a real find when we first saw him but soon had that enthusiasm beaten out of him. Probably now sh1tting it because he's likely to end up back at Wickes in the summer because he looked a bundle of nerves and uncertainty in his cameo against Plymouth
  • BAS - no one else seems to see it but I maintain there's a decent player in there. To come from tippy-tappy U23 stuff to Curle's blood and thunder hit and hope stuff was probably too much of an ask and has put him way back in his development. I think with a more passing approach we will get more out of him. I suspect there might be an attitude problem there that Brady is trying to address first though... Maybe he's already shot his bolt but I've a suspicion he could go on to "do a Steve Morison" (if someone buys him a decent pair of boots)


I've left Edmondson and Chuk out because they are both rookies and Miller because he's actually a tad unfortunate not to have scored a couple. Obviously Jones is a complete unknown.

My point though is has the recruitment been a problem because we've misused good players or because we've recruited square pegs for round holes?

If it's the latter, then that's Tracey's fault because he didn't get what the manager was looking for, if it's the former it's Curle's fault for squandering Tracey's (potentially) good work.

Either way, if the Brady Bunch can build up the confidence of a few of these players and play to their strengths, call me hopelessly optimistic, but I think we could end up a decent side by the end of the season. Will that turnaround come in time to get the points on the board though....?

 
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