Are we allowed to suggest he should be dropped yet? He was utter tripe on sunday. His only noticeable contributions were giving the ball away four or five times and kicking that nob Johnson in the face. No creativity, no steel, powder puff tackling.
If it was any other player/position their place would be seriously under threat.
What's more worrying though is that that is what he is being instructed to do by Mick and the coaching team. There was no reaction from the bench after Smith continually kicked out for a throw in looking for Chambers.
There is a 50/50 chance of winning the ball from these balls, and it's just further evidence of Mick trying to play percentages and numbers. And it's tiring.
Sears and Murphy are linking up well, Varney might be low on quality but is raring to go, he won us a good free kick out of sheer energy on Saturday, and what might be useful having watched the Reading game, he can win balls in the air.
Tabb is doing okay, and actually improves when on the inside sometimes, can still link up with Mings well, so he could benefit from the extra room.
As much as I think he is too big for his boots and to some extent needs telling this, I think for the next week he needs some serious nurturing, as he could be our weapon against Norwich as he has been at times this season.
If Mings plays well the team will be spurred on by his enthusiasm in the final third. An east anglian derby on sky is also a stage Mings will thrive on I feel.
Others including Murphy will of course be crucial, but if Mings has one of his on days, we COULD get a result.