NewCorkSethSnowflake RoyalNewCorkSeth Well I'll clarify what I meant because I think a lot of people were saying that Barrow was shite and not just in shite form. I was often choosing Barrow in either my preferred starting 11 or even on the bench and people were saying he wasn't good enough to be involved in the game in any capacity.
I fully recognised he was out of form and agree with the above opinion that he wasn't happy under Clement and it showed on the pitch but my defence for having him involved in the team was that he had the unique (in our team at least) ability to offer a different outlet to all of our other players and that that was worth pursuing. That was met with ridicule by some.
When Baldock was doing a good job on the left flank Barrow was understandably out of the team but the mere suggestion by me that he would be a good impact sub due to his speed was also laughed at.
Here's a few quotes from the January Barrow off rumour thread.
"If we can't find someone better than Barrow, then we're obviously not looking far, he's criminally overrated and absolutely atrocious 90% of the time. Started 15 games this season and scored 0 goals, with 1 goal off the bench, barely scored any at all in the whole of 2018 yet people treat him like he's untouchable. Baffling"
"I go to watch Reading win preferably in an entertaining way. Not watch Mo produce no goals and do oxf*rd all hard work"
"Would have no problem with him going. We are pretty well stocked in his position and don't think we'd be weaker if he went but no major concern with him staying either."
"I think Barrow is a perfect example of why we're shit. On his day he's electric. But those days are rare. And he's a total liability for the team defensive shape."
"Ability to put decent ball in the box is a far greater weapon than pace out on the wing. Getting to the by line and not being able to put a ball in is quite useless tbh. All Barrow does is give us an out ball option on the counter. I wont be sad if he goes and I dont think we will miss him one bit."
They don't really read to me like people who recognise a players ability. They read to me like people who think a player is worthless and his not being here wouldn't impact the team at all. This was after a lot of the same posters recognised in match threads that he had improved under Gomes, even in his defensive contributions. So he was improving, they remember him scoring 10 goals last season yet thought he wasn't worth keeping around. That's poor judgement imo.
None of them actually say he's shit though. One of them even says "One his day he's electric".
Cop on now Ian. This doesnt even require reading in between the lines. One of them says hes atrocious. Atrocious.
Actually I said he’s atrocious 90% of the time
He’s now upgraded to playing well 1 every 2 games and poor the other. Still not good enough, I know wingers aren’t known for their consistency but going through his last few games
Ipswich - cost a goal, scored the winner. OK
Wigan - played poor but scored
Leeds - poor
Preston - well
Hull - poor
Norwich - well
Doesn’t exactly scream “excellent does it”. But his effort is much improved and hes starting to grow more of a brain. If he can cut out the poor performances, there’s a player there
Ftr even though I called him atrocious, I did maintain on many occasions his pace could be used well as an impact sub as he is the most direct player at the club