He isn't good enough. He won't be here next season, but we can only support him whilst he is here. He clearly really wants to succeed and gives his all every game (unlike Harrison). Felt bad for him today. Perhaps the contract extension stuff was BS, or DC simply decided that it is worth triggering an extension if it gets us points on the board for now.
Post by gregorystevens on Mar 18, 2017 19:48:50 GMT
I will leave the judgement to DC, but I would say this is a typical knee jerk reaction and I do not rate the views of the majority of fans.
Every single member of the squad has had a bad patch. First Taylor, then Gaffney - a few weeks ago he wasn't good enough either. Strikers who don't score for a few games at the start immediately become league one standard when they score, like Rory has found recently.
If you watch the game you will see lots of things James is doing which appear pretty league one to me. Then again, if you don't run fast and skin players then simplistically minded fans cannot keep track of what's happening - they need sound bites. They need tricks. They cannot see things like hold up play or unselfish layoffs, or even assists. He's set up 2 of Rory's but did he do it with a Cryuff turn? No? Well he can f**k off then!
Why bother taking a balanced view or a grown up assessment when he missed a penalty? Missing a penalty is a big clear thing that people can understand. Clarke was clearly unsupportive in his comments on the radio and sounded like he wanted to chuck him. The crowd too, I think bood him off didn't they? Let's write him off before he's even really started.
Sarcasm aside, thank god we have a manager and team who work with players and bring them on. The difference has been in working with players who work hard. Ollie Clarke would be gone, Byron Moore, Montano, Snake, Gaffney, Bodin earlier this year, Tom Lockyer earlier this year, Sinclair isn't league 2 standard, Mansells too old, Lee Brown out.... All of these players were considered not up to it at points. Hey presto, with a bit of effort and work they adapt and improve. It's almost like we have a really healthy ethos where we support players and players play for each other.
I would like to see a bit more of James before we write him off. The team and manager seem to see something in him.
My analysis is, like Taylor, and Gaffney, LJ is lacking in confidence. He's not shooting, he is laying everything off. Taylor towards the end did one thing - shoot. LJ smashes it every match. I say if the manager has worked this long on him, take that into account and don't write another player off as a bit of work pays off - as we have seen consistently.