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Re: Alabi to Dover until January.
Posted by: Claytonne&Clark
Date: 26/10/2017 11:01
Quesiton for you honest....why do you think that the 2 players MM sent out on loan played well in there first games with the other clubs ?

I think it's a long-standing issue in the lower leagues. Generally, players perform better when their future is unsure than when they have just signed a two-year contract. You see quite often a player sign a long-term deal and their performances suddenly drop off a little. That's not a dig at players, but as lower league footballers are often on insecure contracts that feeling of being able to relax a little with a long deal can take a little off their edge.

It's just like when players come to us and are excellent on loan, then poorer when we sign them. If you sign players on loan who know they don't have a future with you (as when we went down twice) they don't play with that edge either. It's the Dunn/Tollit type of loanees which work when players know they are playing for their futures.

We've seen this with other forwards in recent seasons - on fire pre-season, but not good enough when signed, who are on fire when they move to new clubs and then reduce their performance levels. One reason why good players are at this level is consistency - if they could perform as they do when they have fire in their bellies they would be League players, but maintaining that fire is hard for them to do.

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