There seems to be a lack of patience considering Dean Smith won us promotion within eight months of arriving and broke the club’s consecutive win record along the way. However, It’s not taken long for the critics to get their knives out either. Have those fans forgot the years of turmoil we endured before the arrival of Dean Smith.
With the support of NSWE, Smith’s task is now to put us back amongst the elite. It’s going to take time, so some patience is required. I am sure the road ahead will be a rocky one. And things will not always run smooth. After all, he’s not a miracle worker, but he’s a damn good coach, and I believe he deserves a bit more respect than what he is getting from the ultra negative section of our fan base, just because we lost our first two premier league fixtures.
Show Some Patience
Patience is a practice in trust, and you can’t tell me you don’t trust Dean Smith. We were all told of the plan, the vision, and even if Dean Smith was not your choice back in October, he deserves your respect now with what he achieved in such a small amount of time and predominantly with another managers players. From here on in it’s simply about progression. This season survival, we then add to the squad next summer and aim a little higher.
Hands up because he seems to be everybody’s scapegoat. How many of you would have played Neil Taylor last season?. Smith did, and after a run of games, Neil Taylor improved massively. I think the point I am trying to make here is Smith’s ability to recognise Taylor’s worth to the team. When perhaps most of us would have gone with Alan Hutton.
The players mostly at Smith’s disposal now are his own, and he’s brought them here because he believes they will work in his system, and they fit the criteria of the club in general in regards age and potential.
It’s early days, even more so given the influx of new players in the summer, so we need to cut the team a little slack. Not all the new players came in at the end of May, so Smith’s had a short amount of time to work with most. So he’s stuck with the core group of players and has only changed where necessary up to now.
Too many players brought into the mix immediately would probably have caused more problems than it solved on the pitch. And it would do nothing for the morale of those who helped achieve promotion. So again understandable and some Patience needed.
You know what, I expect nonsense from the media as it’s the nature of the industry. But not from our fan base after two games. So if your one of them being critical give your heads a wobble.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is, we’re two games into a new season, and that’s too early to be criticising anyone. However, It’s almost standard practice nowadays. Fans rarely show patience and always look at everything in black and white. And individual players become scapegoats for fans frustrations. It’s not smart, and it’s certainly not healthy.
Our club is stronger with a unified fan base. There are enough haters out there who want to put us down without us turning on ourselves. That makes us weaker? Think about that for a minute. Last season we were all, well most of us, singing from the same hymn sheet. And we were rewarded because we got behind the players.
Get off Wesley’s Back
Wesley has already come in for some stick, again no patience being shown. Why? because it suits their narrative. In fact, some fans have already written him off. Seriously? I cannot wait for that to come back and haunt them. Yes, we know he’s here to score goals, but how many clear cut chances have been created for him?. I can’t quite hear you?. You’re going to have to shout up. Oh right, he needs to get in the box, Yes he’s had terrific service to date hasn’t he, what a waste of money.
You do realise the guys adjusting to life in one of the hardest leagues in the world. And when your up top on your own it’s twice as difficult. Some fans have short memories, Christian Benteke only netted once in his first six appearances. Perhaps the fact he netted on his debut bought him some time.
Targett & Guilbert Inclusion
Many fans are also banging the drum for the inclusion of Matt Targett, and Frederic Guilbert after a promising showing in pre-season. The truth of the matter is probably not that complicated. Well, not If you have taken on board what I wrote above.
It’s also entirely possible Ahmed Elmohamedy came back from the African cup of nations in much better physical shape than Frederic Guilbert. And with Dean Smith wanting to play Trezeguet opted for some continuity with there National team connection.
And given Elmo’s recent stats, I would say it’s his shirt to lose.
I believe in due course, we will see the Introduction of the more attacking fullbacks, and that will give us another dimension and also help Wesley. Dean Smith is nobody’s fool, and you can guarantee he’s got a valid reason for his choices to date.