Just Making Do
The recent criticism and jeering of Danny Simpson and Mike Williamson makes me think of one simple question.
Who else can we play?
Do people genuinely expect us to play Perch as a centre half?! I’ve heard people say put Santon at right-back and Ferguson left-back; now don’t get me wrong I see some potential in Ferguson but at this stage in the season we cannot afford to be playing a young and unproven left-back who in my opinion lacks the physical presence to be a top premiership defender. Simpson might have made a few mistakes and yes Williamson does appear to have all the attributes of a scared turtle when the ball is played to him, sometimes though you just have to make do with what you’ve got.
The Steven Taylor injury was a big setback but the league table proves that we’ve still managed to get results and defend without him. The addition of some Dutch defenders in the summer should give our squad a bit of substance and who knows Simpson may even sign a new contract after what seems to be years of negotiations.
Are the fans jeering and booing these defenders the same knackers that have a go at Obertan regardless of what he does. I heard a guy sitting behind me at SJP refer to Obertan as a player that he hates. Why?!
This ‘fan’ justified this in conversation to his equally inept mate by saying ‘you have to hate one player and I’ve chosen him’. What utter tripe!
Surely when you take your seat in the SDA, oops sorry SJP, (all that advertising must be having an effect on me), you should be getting behind every single player that puts on the black and white jersey. Why would an alleged fan choose to dislike one player?
This brings me back to the problem of Simpson and Williamson. They seem to have survived up until now this season, so we should be encouraging them and supporting them as we prepare for a tough fixture list and what will hopefully be an exciting end to the season. We all have our favourite players (I liked Olivier Bernard when he was gracing the left wing with bone crunching challenges and getting little to no help from a certain Mr Robert) and that should be the way with football, but unless fans realise that the whole team needs to have their support we will just drag players down and lose games.
It sounds simple because it bloody well is.
If you pay your money to go and watch NUFC then obviously you’re entitled to an opinion but if you want to boo then just stay at home and enjoy Sky pundits preaching about the most exciting league in the world.
For the real fans, see you in the stands of SDA, oops SJP!!