|[Blog] No Goalie - Panic or Not to Panic?|
Written by Blue041273 on Friday, 22nd Jun 2012 22:10
This seems to me to be an appropriate discussion item given that Tomasz Kuszczak has signed for Brighton and that there seem to be few goalkeeping alternatives on the ITFC radar.
Many contributors, whose views I respect, argue that we should not be unduly concerned at this time as a) there are still two weeks before the start of pre-season training; b) there is still eight weeks before the league season commences; c) there is a full ten weeks before the summer transfer window closes, and d) if all else fails the emergency loans system will allow us to sign appropriate cover.
However I would suggest that until we get a goalkeeper of some substance we will struggle to make progress. All good teams have a goalkeeper who is not only reliable but regularly saves points by pulling rabbits out of a hat with quality saves. A reliable goalkeeper reinforces the defence giving the defenders confidence to play rather than requiring them to resort to kick and rush.
Our need of an undisputed No 1 goalkeeper has been apparent for a long while. No disrespect to the goalies we have used in recent seasons, and in truth there have been far too many, but we need the security of the likes of a Paul Cooper, a Craig Forrest, a Kelvin Davis, ie a fixture in goal over a period of time. I like ALB and think that he has not been best treated in the last couple of years but I cannot think of him as our permanent No 1 for next season or beyond.
Most fans have opined continuously over the last couple of seasons on the need for reinforcements in certain positions, none more so than goalkeeper and right-back. Paul Jewell has confirmed that additional playing resources are not just desirable but necessary. Yet, although we only have one goalkeeper (ALB) on the books, another keeper option has passed us by with alternatives seemingly thin on the ground.
Therefore the primary question is - Does Paul Jewell have other goalkeeper options in mind? Secondary questions would of course include; can we get him in any time soon? Or are we going to get another temporary fix with a loanee with ALB filling in when the loanee is inevitably recalled?
Given that the keeper situation is so important and has been inadequately resolved during Jewell's tenure as manager, how much longer must we wait for this matter to be properly addressed? Some of the contributors to this forum preach patience. Fine, but I, for one, am starting to get somewhat stressed over the lack of progress in this critical area.
There may well be time to acquire a new goalkeeper but are there any signs that there are any quality keepers available and if there are, that we have any chance of getting them?
On balance, although against my natural instincts, I tend towards the 'we're doomed, panic now' mentality (ie get someone NOW) as opposed to the Mr Micawber attitude that something will turn up.
Hopefully, I am wrong and Jewell has everything under control and that something will be announced soon thereby allowing me to sleep properly again and look forward to the season with some sense of confidence.
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