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Jagielka is struggling at the moment but don't drop him

07/09/2014  Comments (8)  jump
In his latest column for the a Echo, former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley insists that the Phil Jagielka-Sylvain Distin partnership is the best at the club and that he expects the England defender's season to turn around once he is physically up to speed again.

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Peter Barnes
1 Posted 07/09/2014 at 18:19:30
Why wasn't he physically up to speed for the start of the season? Bit of a daft comment from Carsley this, imo.
John Daley
2 Posted 07/09/2014 at 18:28:11
The one comment I would take issue with from Carsley is this:

"He's the captain. The leader".

He certainly is the captain but he's definitely no leader. At least, not out on the pitch where it counts. Unless I'm missing something and he's somehow sorting things out and scolding players for slips up subliminally?

Mike Allison
3 Posted 07/09/2014 at 18:26:27
You may not agree with the answer, Peter, but the basic idea, that was discussed many times on ToffeeWeb during pre-season, is that the World Cup players needed some time off or they would be burnt out during the second half of the season.

Sure, we could have got them in, worked them like normal, and they'd have started the season like normal. Everything would have looked fine for a while, but then, after playing around 20-22 months of consecutive top-level football without a break, they'd be either injured or performing well below par.

We'll never know how true this is, but it makes sense to me, and hopefully we'll see by their ability to put in match-winning performances come March or April next year, and throughout what is going to be (especially if we're as successful as we hope) a very long and very tough season.

Peter Barnes
5 Posted 07/09/2014 at 19:29:36
I accept the keeping them as fresh as possible for the whole season argument, Mike; however, my thinking is that you get the same number of points per game at the start of the season as you do at the end.

Forgetting the Chelsea game for now, as we were beaten by a side highly likely to compete for the title, I do feel however we have dropped 4 points due to lack of fitness/readiness in the first two games. Who knows what the cost of that could be?

Dave Clark
6 Posted 08/09/2014 at 08:09:51
I have never liked Jags since he said live on TV at OFMÂ’s last game "Well when Man Utd come calling, you canÂ’t say No". This was coming from our Captain and he should have been stripped of the Captaincy on that alone.

HeÂ’s no leader on the pitch. Also, just look at the first two goals against Chelsea carefully and youÂ’ll see he should be dropped. Put the boy Stones in instead.

Go to Man Utd, Jags, I donÂ’t want you! Oh hang on, they donÂ’t want you either. Just remember who made you, son!

Derek Knox
7 Posted 08/09/2014 at 12:07:08
I find myself agreeing with John Daley (#2) there, and have often said that, in my opinion, Jags is not vociferous enough on the pitch, fitness issues apart.

I also feel, he is too much Mister Nice Guy (which I have no doubt he is) but, in the arena, and in the heat of battle, a ruthless streak (without being an animal) is an essential quality for not only Centre Back, but the role of Captain too.

Colin Williams
8 Posted 08/09/2014 at 17:18:54
Nothing against the" two centre-half’s" BUT we have better players available to play a specific role needed in Robbie’s game plan philosophy.

Stones is the present and future of our club. We must not be sentimental about any players at the club. The only thing that matters is the progression, of our great club, back where it belongs!

Andy Meighan
9 Posted 08/09/2014 at 19:28:23
Why isnÂ’t he physically up to speed now? Is it because of the World Cup? A lot of players from the Premier League played at the the World Cup and a lot of them seem okay to me. ItÂ’s not as if he was overworked, is it? He only played three games and IÂ’m not actually sure he played against Costa Rica. IÂ’m sure someone will tell me, though...

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