He was also very good v Barnsley at home. He missed several good chances, let’s face it we know his finishing isn’t up to much. He ran them ragged with his movement and mobility that day though. There looked to be a player with real potential at that point. His movement looked good, lot’s of diagonal runs and he occupied two center backs by himself.
As you said he didn’t come back the same player for the start of the next season, rumours of personal problems. He was played out of position by Clarke mostly but still did a reasonable job until his injury. Based on his performances after his injury, he has gone backwards. I’m not one for saying “someone told me” but I did hear he has wanted away from Walsall for some time now. I think any potential he had has been drained out of him by a number of things such as poor coaching and management and possibly other things going on in his life.
I wish him well because he was one of very few that kept at it during our relegation season when others had downed tools. He isn’t young in football terms now, but still young enough to resurrect something from his career.