Sutton v Newport- Match thread Aug 1, 2022 9:59:56 GMT
Post by baboonfish on Aug 1, 2022 9:59:56 GMT
Sure. Judging players on one competitive game at the very start of the season isn't a judgment. It's a kneejerk reaction.
If we're into September and this has been an issue in every game in August, I wouldn't have an issue with it. But to judge a player on what is pereceived as a season defining weakness based on one match is a folly. We are a league 2 side with league 2 players. Almost with exception they won't be able to perform at a consistent level week in week out (I'd say with one notable exception in our current side). One player worshipped by some of our fans and now at Peterborough spent half of last season unable to cross a ball, and once that part of his game improved there were many matches where he was anonymous, yet never was the player marked out as having important parts of their game missing.
Personally, I didn't notice his kicking that match, either negatively or positively. The backpass incident was, however, silly. But then he also made 2 key saves, one spectacular and the other (which I think was probably even better) was the 1 on 1 he did in the 2nd half. Over the rest of the squad there were a handful who had good games and other who didn't have the best game they could have had. None of those players, as is the case for Rose just as much, defines their ability to compete at this level based on one game.
On a personal, possibly incorrect assumption, it could well be others judging new or current players based on others. Maybe people are judging Rose compared to Bouzanis, in the same way Randall and Boldewijn were judged last season compared to Ajiboye. When people find a "favourite" player, it's sometimes human nature to compare others to that standard, even if they play in a totally different way.
Personally I'll take the opinion that Matt Gray will always know more than us, and feels that Rose is good enough to be our first choice goalkeeper for this season.
Normally I would agree with you here, but let's not forget Rose's kicking was mentioned in pre-season too as a potential issue. Sometimes a technical issue is so glaring, it's immediately obvious and to me this is such a situation. Im surprised you didn't notice. At risk of repeating myself, Matt and the coaching staff will be aware and will be trying to improve the weakness, and will make tactical adjustments such as playing out from the back or using a target man. I will say its pretty obvious Rose was intended to be signed as a back up with Deano expected to stay, and Matt said in interviews he was still looking to bring in a keeper. That may have changed and if Rose can improve his long kicking, he may well be our number 1 for the season. He's fairly young, sometimes players adjust very quickly. If not, then we have House as an option and he looks capable too.
Regards comparisons, if Rose can avoid the odd inexplicable howler which Deano was prone to, then we may come out even. They are clearly very different types of keeper, I am looking purely at long kicking here, which was one of Deano's main strengths.