AndyPaul wrote:I often wonder wether our judgement of keepers is clouded by the prolonged period we had Martyn and Robinson in the sticks who were almost superhuman. Whereas most keepers are no where near that standard. When started going to Leeds Lukic was in the sticks and that guy scared the shit out of me everytime the opposition got a corner
I think our expectations in all positions is too high to be fair. It's too easy to see opposing players have good games against us and assume they do that every week - players at this level all have catastrophic errors in them from time to time.
You're right though, the better ex players do cloud things further. The legend couldn't compete with the ghost of Becchio. When Pablo goes our next 2-3 play makers better be damn good or they'll be hammered by comparison, we'll remember the genius and forget those woeful misplaced passes on half way and the days he's not been on it at all.
The example which always sticks in my mind is the Grayson season where we finished just outside the playoffs. On paper Bannan and Livermore were quality players, far better than Johnson and Kilkenny but neither made an impact. Both have had solid careers since but so have Johnson and Howson (less so Kilkenny). The ultimate conclusion has to be that the players we had were actually pretty decent.
BPF was ok last season for the most part, he didn't cost us too many points but he did concede 5-10 goals he should have saved (and probably would 8/10 times). Kiko was supposed to be a significant step up but when it mattered you have to wonder where we'd be if he hadn't come in. Who could we get who would actually be a big step up? Westwood is always brilliant against us but has already been sent off this season for a Kiko style excursion, Butland has made many high profile errors. I don't even know who the best keepers in the division are supposed to be.