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1 Posted 07/09/2014 at 18:19:30
2 Posted 07/09/2014 at 18:28:11
"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?
3 Posted 07/09/2014 at 18:26:27
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.
5 Posted 07/09/2014 at 19:29:36
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?
6 Posted 08/09/2014 at 08:09:51
HeÂs no leader on the pitch. Also, just look at the first two goals against Chelsea carefully and youÂll see he should be dropped. Put the boy Stones in instead.
Go to Man Utd, Jags, I donÂt want you! Oh hang on, they donÂt want you either. Just remember who made you, son!
7 Posted 08/09/2014 at 12:07:08
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.
8 Posted 08/09/2014 at 17:18:54
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!
9 Posted 08/09/2014 at 19:28:23
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