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- Jun 12, 2006
- Kernow - battering a drunken Octopus
Certainly not writing him off and I have every expectation that he will turn out great - 15 year olds don't score four (IIRC) goals in a game while on trial with Manchester United if there isn't a lot of raw talent there. Just saying that the main thing I think is missing at the moment is physicality (although I take the examples you gave and that is far from uncommonly the main thing missing in someone his age's game) and that I think right now he might benefit from more time in the gym rather than working on technique etc.He didn't seem to get brushed off the ball that easily when he set up a goal against Crawley or when blocking off the defender for to allow Demi to score goal against Carlisle. And anyway, the kid's 18, being played slightly out of position and only starting games because of an injury crisis so maybe we shouldn't be rushing to judgement just yet. It reminds me of the story Gary Caldwell tells about playing for Darlington on loan and getting absolutely battered by Steve Torpey in one of his first games; they lost 7-1 but thankfully no-one wrote him off based on that performance and, having learned a few lessons from the experience, went on to have a pretty good career.