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Re: Ridehalgh
Posted by: Aldo'smuzzy
Date: 19/08/2019 11:33
Ail though I disagreed with Higos bracketing any that criticise a players ability as moaners and I still think that is wrong, I do have every sympathy with his criticism of those at games who pick on a player in a match. That I think , can be demoralising for a player, and is quite different from a critique on the forum. Rides warrants respect for he really is committed to the club and the weaknesses in his game are not down to lack of effort. The fact remains that many see his frailties as a weakening of the team at this level and it is not unreasonable to express that view. If supporting a team meant merely excepting everything without question then much of the spice would go out of football and there would be little point in having a forum if constructive criticism was seen as justifying applying a label. It is one of the worse aspect of current society where too often any difference of view results in categorisation

That's a really disingenuous argument. There's a world of difference between constructive criticism and moaning/slagging off but you're again lumping the two together before again implying that the alternative view is 'acceptance without question'. Yet, from the comments you then make about Rides, you obviously acknowledge that the vast middle ground between moaning and blind acceptance is where most sensible discussion takes place.

Rides obviously has his limitations (don't like 'frailties' but hey ho), so do the rest of the squad and most other players in L1. He has qualities too. Obviously the trick for MM is to assemble a team whose individual qualities complement each other's strengths and mitigate each other's limitations. Time will tell. Right now, I'd agree we definitely need competition at LB - maybe Woods is that man, who knows yet. But beyond that, while individual players are still acclimatising to a new league and developing understandings with each other, for me it's too early to be throwing anyone under the bus.

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