Should Experienced Players Play in the Reserves anymore?
Years ago, if you didnt play in the first team you played for the reserves, and both teams used to play on a Saturday. I remember as a kid going to a few of the games with my dad; we used to scarper quick at the final whistle to avoid the crowd from the dark side of the park. In those days you had a small first-team squad of about 15 as well. Nowadays, reserve teams are usually full of youngsters or the odd injured player on his way back.
Tonight's squad for Wigan is Everton: Ruddy, Densmore, Boyle, Irving, Rodwell, Harpur, Downes, Vidarsson, Jutkiewicz, Vaughan, Van der Meyde, Agard, Stubhaug, McCarten, O'Kane, Morrison.
I know we have a lot of games coming up but only Vaughan is a player currently capable of a first-team game in that squad. I presume VDM is playing out time until he leaves. Tommy Gravesen has hardly played at all since he come here, do you not think he should be getting at least 45 minutes in this game? Jagielka too has hadn't much game time lately nor has Wessels.
Experienced players also help youngsters develop also. I can remember going to Widnes and seeing us play with Rooney and the Dunc upfront with Carsley and Osman in midfield.
Anyway just a thought and just wondering peoples opinion of who should be getting a run out in such a game.
James Elworthy, Posted 28/11/2007 at 13:11:25
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I'm guessing it's not really competitive enough to be of any value to today's modern player, other than as a bit of a runabout.
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1 Posted 28/11/2007 at 13:38:13
2 Posted 28/11/2007 at 14:50:31
3 Posted 28/11/2007 at 14:59:26
I have been there its an athletic track doesnt hold many people. Its a bit like the athletic track up at Wavertree with a pitch in the middle. A small stand on one side of the track.
4 Posted 28/11/2007 at 15:31:08
We had a striker called Frank Wignall scored loads of goals for the Reserves hardly got a first team game and went on to play for England with Notts Forest.
Roy Evans former RS manager played hundreds of reserve games and only played four first team games between 1965 and 1974.
5 Posted 28/11/2007 at 18:16:31
6 Posted 28/11/2007 at 23:58:02
7 Posted 29/11/2007 at 15:43:56