No it's not Jack Rodwell it is one for the future apparently.
Very interesting article on one John Lundstram:
I havent seen or heard much on him except for this article.
Anyone who follows the youth team got any opinion on him?
Jay Harris, Posted 27/05/2011 at 14:24:04
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1 Posted 27/05/2011 at 16:49:21
2 Posted 27/05/2011 at 16:52:01
3 Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:07:32
4 Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:14:43
5 Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:16:12
6 Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:18:04
7 Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:18:02
Nobody strolls around the pitch looking uninterested and lazily passing sideways like Jack Rodwell.
8 Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:39:02
Wow. There's a discussion topic in itself!
1. "Famous"? Where is it famous? How long have we even been there!?!
2. "Importance of basic qualities such as hard work and determination". Is that the priority?
3. "as well as developing on a technical level": is that an afterthought?
Regardless, let's be hopeful his talent develops.
9 Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:02:09
I've heard good things about Lundstram... Him, Hope, Dier (if he returns) and Barkley could possibly be the most exciting batch of youngsters we've had in a while.
10 Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:14:25
More exciting then Hibbert & Osman?
More exciting then Anichebe & Vaughan?
More exciting then Baxter & Rodwell?
11 Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:35:52
If he is another Hibbert or Osman, well and good. Both great servants to Everton FC.
12 Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:48:23
13 Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:44:55
Very young but must be a half-decent holding midfielder. Looking forward to him breaking through.
14 Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:47:31
15 Posted 27/05/2011 at 19:00:29
16 Posted 27/05/2011 at 19:06:27
The other Jack... Wilshere ? compare Rodwell with him. Wilshere has come on in leaps and bounds and he's the same age. Terrific player now.
There is no garantee that Rodwell will be the player people expect him to be. If we keep him we are taking a big chance. Now with £20M, we could seriously improve the side with that.
Just ask yourselves, what has Rodwell contributed to the side this year? Very little... and as for mentioning injuries, well, that makes it all the more worrying, he could turn out to be a crock. It's not worth taking a chance on him in my opinion.
17 Posted 27/05/2011 at 19:37:10
18 Posted 27/05/2011 at 20:11:57
Xavi and Iniesta do it pretty well.
19 Posted 27/05/2011 at 20:23:46
20 Posted 27/05/2011 at 20:42:50
I was going to bring up the fact that Barcelona's game is all about passing it sideways, but you beat me to it with the reference to their midfielders. And no, we are not comparing Rodwell's talent to those two. Just pointing out the ridiculous criticism about Rodwell having the audacity to pass the ball to the open man, therefore retaining possession, instead of forcing a pass forward and risking losing possession.
Funnily enough that's all Barcelona's game is, and they are universally loved for it. But put them in England and sadly they would get the shit kicked out of themselves and be stifled. But apparently hoofing it forward is bad, passing it sideways retaining possession is bad. So the only good thing is if a player is at all times playing a perfect pass forward resulting in a goal?? Can anyone name me a player who does this? Because I watch the likes of Manchester United play this possession game all the time and it's quite successful.
The difference between them and us is the purchasing power to get the likes of Berbatov, Rooney, and Chicharito to make the right runs and finish the play when it presents itself. But let' just run Rodwell off too. I'm sure the ToffeeWeb critics are right and the rest of the managers and media are all wrong about him.
21 Posted 27/05/2011 at 21:42:15
22 Posted 27/05/2011 at 21:29:40
A season destroyed by 3 seperate injuries with significant layoffs for each.
Played in numerous positions. (Right mid, right back, off the front man, advanced mid, left mid, deep lying mid).
Jack is still only 20 years old and due to the above has not had a sustained run in one position. On the majority of occasions he has played, he has had to deal with coming back from injuries and being played all over the place while trying to contribute to a side which has struggled badly, very badly.
Christ, even the more established players who have been afforded sustained runs in their preferred positions have struggled!!!
It is only my opinion, but I honestly believe Jack will become a powerhouse midfielder in a similar mold to that twat across the park, Gerrard.
To compare him to Wilshere is nothing short of insane! They are both completely different types of players playing in completely different types of teams.
The level of abuse and doubt levelled at the lad this season really does make me wonder if some supporters have got a fucking clue about football.
I really do despair!!!
23 Posted 27/05/2011 at 22:05:59
24 Posted 28/05/2011 at 00:09:45
He doesn't need people like Tony J Williams giving him down the banks,
In 3-4 years, he will be playing Premier League football. John is a brilliant player ? you don't play every match for England Under-17s if you're just an average kid off the block. John passes with both feet, gets back to defend and never ? and I mean never stops running for one second.
He amazes me how fast he's able to think on the ball, never shy to give a quick fast-thinking pass.
Hallam Hope, Ross Barkley, John Lundstram are the future of EFC ? Don't forget that!
25 Posted 28/05/2011 at 00:40:29
I for one hope you are spot on. Best of luck to him.
26 Posted 28/05/2011 at 08:48:39
If so perhaps the fella does know how to coach a footballer after all?
27 Posted 28/05/2011 at 11:55:28
28 Posted 28/05/2011 at 12:41:47
29 Posted 28/05/2011 at 13:30:42
30 Posted 28/05/2011 at 13:35:20
31 Posted 28/05/2011 at 15:03:15
32 Posted 28/05/2011 at 18:22:25
I remember Trevor Stevens frustrating the crowd by holding onto the ball and not trying to go around people or fire a cross in when no one was there.
Football is all about possession and if you'll forgive me an "Andy Grayism" we should not give the ball away cheaply.
Rodwell is capable of good forward passing if players make the right runs in front of him especially with a front two instead of a lone "lamppost".
33 Posted 29/05/2011 at 09:24:02
34 Posted 29/05/2011 at 12:10:26
As someone alluded to earlier, if they are any good, they will be playing in United's first team in 5 years time I'm afraid.
35 Posted 29/05/2011 at 19:36:00
Surely it would be simple like:-
The Moyes Boys.
36 Posted 30/05/2011 at 07:08:47
Agreed. Good post. Hard to understand why a talented kid, just turned 20 in the top league, gets the business like Rodwell does.
37 Posted 30/05/2011 at 11:36:45
Barcelonas style is more about passing to a player who is facing the right way ? forwards!! Yes, it might mean they pass sideways but it's almost always to a player facing the most appropriate direction!!
38 Posted 31/05/2011 at 11:05:46
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