Tav is still comfortably our best rb. Hes just had a couple shocking games in the last few weeks
Sir, I implore you to please go back and watch a Jon Flanagan game.Or you could watch him domestically from when he came into the team again and defended well.
The praise of Tavernier was he makes mistakes but makes up for it due to his creativity.
We have barely seen that this season.
The best option is to buy a new right back.
Bit unfair on Flanagan this poll, we haven't really had the chance to appraise him in the right back role due to 'he who must not be dropped' in there all the time. Tav has his attributes going forward (or at least use to have), but I just feel Flanagan probably has more of the defensive qualities needed for this position.
how do i report a postBit unfair on Flanagan this poll, we haven't really had the chance to appraise him in the right back role due to 'he who must not be dropped' in there all the time. Tav has his attributes going forward (or at least use to have), but I just feel Flanagan probably has more of the defensive qualities needed for this position.
Tavernier for me.
Every player makes mistakes in every game. Misplaced passes, wrong decisions, missed clearances, giving away possession cheaply. It just seems Tav's recent ones have all been punished with goals.
Hes a terrible defender,always has been.Tav all day long.
Sir, I implore you to please go back and watch a Jon Flanagan game.
There is a reason we were able to pick him up for nothing and his contract is being allowed to run down.
The guy is good at last ditch tackling, but he's pretty terrible at everything else. His athleticism is gone, his positioning is suspect and he's not reliable enough in terms of injury to have in the team for any length of time.
The fact so many people are sitting genuinely debating whether Flanagan or Polster should be in before Tav shows there is a vast amount of poster on here who wouldn't know a game of football if they were in the middle of one.
I contest the section in bold in the strongest possible manner.His strength is Tavernier’s weakness. He is a defender and he does that job well, he isn’t an attacking option.
Taverniers plus side was that, however he isn’t doing either job well.
aI am not saying Flanners is a long term option that is why I said sign a new right back.
Tavernier isn’t at his age going to improve on this, once again in a crunch game he will %^*& up and cause a goal.
Our team it seems is too fragile to cope with the adversity when this happens.
Tav is the best rightback at the club by some distance.First choice for me would always be Tav but that shouldn't mean he can't be dropped when not playing well.
He's had some absolute howlers lately and Sunday is as poor a performance I can remember from him.
That said, he has just hit a dip in form and whilst, he certainly isnt above being benched, I don't think he should be stripped of the captaincy and punted out the door, as some are suggesting.
I think there is '...a vast amount of posters...' on FF who know and recognize a player who has become increasingly unreliable, and whose mistakes continue to hurt the team. The bottom line is that some point Gerrard has to call time on Tavernier.
If we are fortunate enough to be ahead, tied, or within touching distance of the yahoos by Christmas, an absolute priority must be the addition of a solid, reliable right back.
I contest the section in bold in the strongest possible manner.
And the amateur sports psychologists who state with absolute confidence that our team and captain are too "mentally fragile" need to behave. A mentally fragile team or captain doesn't survive an eight-game Europa League qualifying knockout gauntlet two seasons in a row. They don't crush our bitter rivals in a cauldron of noise twice last year.
We will drop points in games that we should win on paper, the only season that didn't happen was over a hundred years ago.
People need to deal with the fact that football is a sport with a high degree of variance in the final outcome. Sheer luck will have a significantly larger impact on our season than any perceived "mental fragility"
Again, RE: the bit in bold, the evidence directly contradicts this. If Europa League qualifiers or Old Firm games are not crunch games, I do not know what is.Until we win something there mentality will be challenged. This is the only way to end that as the evidence so far shows we don’t have the mentality to see things through.
As for Flanagan as someone who played this position myself he is a decent hard tackling defender, nothing else. He isn’t a wing back if that is what you want.
You are right previous teams did drop points but they had the strength to come back and still win leagues and cups while this team so far when it comes to a crunch game tends to crumble.