I read this from a sports phycologist and I thought it summed up several of our players at the moment and indeed sportsmen and women across the spectrum….
It was in relation to David De Gea comments recently at Man U
“When something goes wrong, people get panicky, it’s difficult. But we have to learn, we have a new manager, some new players, and we need to be more positive and to keep learning and improving.” said De Gea
So let’s exchange the word ‘panicky’ for ‘anxious’…
“When something goes wrong, we start to get anxious”
As players start to experience anxiety so they:-
-reduce awareness (no longer seeing the 360 degree view)
-slow anticipation (due to muscle tightness and a loss of visual cueing)
-atrophy decision-making (as their intelligence becomes foggy, confused, and they forget important game model cues
-reduce coordination (as their muscles tighten)
-effort reduces and.…subtly…so very subtly…positioning suffers.
-commitment to responsibilities atrophy……
-assertiveness wanes…strength reduces……creativity is lost!
Great players….talented players…look less good and less talented.
They look a shadow of themselves. They look average (when they’re not!)
So supporters jeer and cry and protest:
“You’re not fit to wear the shirt”
“You’re not working hard enough”
“Disgraceful attitude…no passion”
So the above I’m starting to hear at games and I’m reading similar comments on here and it generally targets players of a typical ilk…younger, creative players who are generally less experienced and rely more heavily on confidence to produce moments and probably struggle for the tools to generate their own self confidence on the back of years of experience where they’ve learned to trust themselves and know what they can and can’t do.
Players like Hutchinson and Maddox in particular have had bright promising careers at premier league clubs stall a little and in places they show glimpses of class that show they can still have careers but they struggle with consistency and adapting to the hurly burly league 2 that they now need to fight their way out of when it does little in style to allow them to show their best qualities.