Devongreenowl wrote:Justin wrote:Devongreenowl wrote: That’s a fair point AAG, but I’m more concerned with the fact that he looked out of his depth a lot of the time in L2. He does seem a target for the 'he got us relegated' posters and yet Sarce gets little of that when he played 30-odd games in that relegation season. I can’t remember if he missed any of the diabolical run in though.
I imagine Lowe is going to be looking to bring in mainly younger players who he thinks will not only do well in L1 but have the potential to be Championship players. That counts Sarcevic, Wootton and Canavan out straight away in my opinion. I think there will be quite a lot of comings and goings this summer.
Wootton’s 28. That’s youngish for a solid centre back. And he’s got lots of vital experience. I don’t think Lowe’s so stupid that he won’t recognise the value of experience in crucial positions.
I realise that Justin. It doesn’t change the fact that he probably doesn’t qualify on the criteria I mentioned. ie he’s not that young, he’s not likely to do well in L1 as he has had his issues in L2, and he certainly doesn’t appear to have potential to play in the championship. He’s probably done all the improving he’s going to do. Obviously, he could prove me wrong and be our best defender next season. Not likely though.
Your comment that Wooton has “probably done all the improving he’s going to do” is one that is regularly repeated over the years with regard to other players on this board, as though every player is always currently the finished article. What is unique about footballers that whilst you and I can receive additional or new training throughout our career, and improve as a consequence, yet footballers strangely can’t? I can remember reading how Steve Castle, one of our finest ever players, was over the hill, Mickey Evans was a carthorse with no positional sense, so would rarely score goals, and Nicky Marker was too slow for Championship level.The only thing I’m certain about in my judgement of players is that I’m often wrong, and I think we should be careful to judge who can and can’t improve with the right training and motivation.