Perception is a powerful thing my friend, a powerful thing and football fans perception is very much driven by the result not the performances.
As an example….you say he’s been crap apart from Hartlepool? And most would agree West Ham the midfield (inc him) was awful?
Against Hartlepool he had 75 game involvements with 58 positive. Against West Ham he had 92 game involvements with 69 positive.
Against Hartlepool he played 43 passes with 35 accurate. Against West Ham he played 53 passes with 42 accurate.
Against West Ham he also played more forward passes and more forward accurate passes.
Against West Ham (compared to Hartlepool) he made AND WON more challenges (19/10 compared to 14/7), he made more tackles (5 compared to 3), he had more dribbles (5 compared to 3) and higher success rate (4 compared with 1).
He was lower on crosses v West Ham but that’s because he took all corners v Hartlepool.
Against West Ham he picked up more interceptions and made more ball recoveries than at Hartlepool but less in oppositions half, this is explained by the position played in both games as he was much deeper v West Ham.
He had two shots in both games. Against Hartlepool there was one on and one off target against West Ham they were both blocked but were both on target and one was a stone wall penalty.
He had 3 key passes in both games but Hartlepool all three were successful, against West Ham you could argue the movement from the forwards didn’t help it complete.
I could do this all night but you get my drift?
I’m sure he’s disappointed. We all are. We all wanted and expected Hartlepool to be a regular occurrence. It can’t and never could be but we are no worse a side now than we were then and we were no more a title winning side then than we are now.
That’s football. It’s all about opinions but we have to be careful on what drives those opinions…emotion, passion, anger, frustration, dislike, personal agenda (positive and negative) etc etc.
We’re all different and we all see it differently I get that, it’s what we all love about the game
Stats courtesy of Instat.