I get the impression does not fancy Kory Roberts. Reckon he prefers a much chunkier centre back. Not that I think that KR will end up playing that position.
Understand the manager sets and expects certain standards of performance for training and reserve fixtures. Which Kory seemingly isn’t hitting. But the proof is really in the pudding, actually playing 1st team fixtures, not what happens at Essington, surely.
If it was all about training and reserve games, Reece Flanagan, and Joe Broad before him, would be household names and have stands named after them.
Like to see the lad given a chance, perhaps at full back or sitting in front of the defence. Be criminal if he was just released in the summer based on this season’s playing time. Perhaps this E&S article is a ruse to that actually happening, talk him down to talk him up, If that makes sense.
I can’t really work out his policy with the youngsters at all if I’m honest. He gives out chances but I don’t think he trusts them.
Yes he gave Perry a run out and Bates and CCM had a spell in the first team for a while, but Perry and Bates have been extremely rare sightings since not really doing anything wrong at all. Neither of them looked anywhere near as bad as certain veterans he chose to bring into the club in the summer.
As for Roberts raising his standard well it wasn’t that long ago he didn’t look out of place in a mid-table league one defence so they can’t be that low.
He didn’t look out of place against the Chelsea babbies, did enough to warrant other chances I would have thought.
To me he looks as though he might have the makings of a deep midfielder, protecting the centre backs, and he has a good range of passing.
I hope he gets a move to another league club and gets games there to show what he can do.
Which is silly in my opinion. We’re awfully quick to be whinging about budget and having to do things “the Walsall way” so throwing away a player of Kory’s ability without giving him the chances would be beyond foolish.
Whether he rates him or not he hasn’t been the same since his injury it seems. From a really good prospect to now being told he has to do better for the reserves is a shame but that’s all he was, a prospect. Many prospects with or without a horrible injury like that end up not making it.
If we want to improve as a club though then we can’t just keep waiting and hoping some of these kids break through, if they aren’t showing the potential anymore then we need to move on. A massive shame, but that’s football.