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Monday, 17 February 2014

Djebbour - Minority Judge Whole Career on 3 Hours


There has been a host of comments today on the likes of Twitter from fans brandishing new signing Rafik Djebbour as a flop. This is based on the fact he hasn't scored since his debut. He has played around 3 hours of football, with 2 starts. To brandish a player new to a league, new to the culture and the language, and his team mates in short space of time to me is nothing short of downright retarded. Here is a selection of tweets about Djebbour.







I have no reservation with anyone questioning individual performances, or that someone wasn't playing to his best, that was apparent for all anyway. But it also points out those with very little knowledge of the game. And to start declaring he will be one of the clubs worst players ever? This is a bit melodramatic and over the top isn't it? You've barely seen him play!!!

For one it boils down to Djebbour not touching the ball, but to be honest we were in defensive mode and there wasn't a lot of service forthcoming for Djebbour versus Sheffield United. I think this is coupled with his slightly slow start against Yeovil when it took a while to get the ball. But it takes time for players to understand the new striker's mind-set, the runs he will make, how he plays, does he want to the ball to feet? Does he play off the defenders shoulder? Remember we knew nothing about him either, so for the fans to decide that he's a flop already is very odd. Djebbour too needs to adapt to know how we play.

I know reading anything into a few fans views on Twitter is silly. You're reading into the random ramblings of a vocal few who think if they shout loudest they speak for all. It's the reserve of those who can't wait to shout their opinion first, without basing it anything so they can say told you so. It's why ITK accounts prosper, but it's also bad news for fans views.

I'm going to make a point in this article that the same people who think its right to judge a players entire future Forest career on 2 whole matches of game time, will probably dismiss. That’s their prerogative. Other Forest players have had extremely slow starts and went on to be integral, and in some cases almost worshipped.

David Johnson for all his heroics in the playoffs of 2003 team had been previously an utter failure with whom we were going to take a huge loss. Here's the Wikipedia entry, so not my words.

"After Johnson scored just three goals in his first 24 appearances of the 2001–02 season, he fell out of favour with new manager Paul Hart, and from February to April 2002, in order to reduce the club's heavy wage bill,[21] he was allowed to go on loan to fellow First Division clubs Sheffield Wednesday (for whom he scored twice in seven appearances) and Burnley (five goals in eight appearances).Burnley had agreed to pay £120,000 to sign Johnson on a permanent basis at the end of the season, but the transfer ultimately fell through. Upon his return to Nottingham Forest for the 2002–03 season, Johnson appeared to have found his form again that had made him such a success at Ipswich, scoring 29 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions as Nottingham Forest reached the play-offs"

Similarly Stern John, although maybe not as lauded as Johnson took a while to settle, before he found his scoring boots, and probably could have scored more had we not been forced into selling him to avoid huge bills due to the bizarre deal we had to sign him. (Who agrees a deal that involves paying large extra sums when a striker scores a not entirely modest 15 goals). Indeed Stern John went on to play top flight football, we didn't.

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That’s two whole years of paltry returns before he started scoring, and he's not exactly tagged as a flop. So for people to announce this after 4 games? It just seems people are ready for players to fail at times, to try and be "told you so." I don't understand this mentality at all. This readiness to be disappointed. Rather than an excitement of the unknown. But we've all probably had a game sat near someone moaning all the while, exclaiming "oh here we go…" whenever the opposition attack, always seeming to think the worst. Well it might just be those guys again. But judging players Forest career on 2 starts and 2 sub appearances is ridiculous no matter how you look at it

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