Interesting, unprompted words from Steve Bruce at the pre- QPR press conference on Villa loanee Josh Onomah.
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Bruce talks of the 20-year-old who we have on a season long loan from Tottenham Hotspur and reminds everyone “He is still a young lad.”
Agreed. He is. I don`t think anyone expects him to be the finished product do they?
Now! And I think I`ve run this site long enough for readers to know I`m not a boo boy sort, and those who are games with me will know I`m not one to heckle and especially not boo our players. That isn`t supporting to me.
But I don`t think that it is out of order to discuss players and for me, he`s had glimpses of good moments but nowhere near enough to warrant the amount of game time he`s had.
The issue for me, isn`t his age, or whether he`s the finished product, it is why would we be training up this player – who frankly at times couldn`t look less interested if he tried – when we have our own ‘kids` who could be coming through? A Spurs loanee, IF playing fantastically, is fine. But one that is patchy at best blocking our own youth. What is the point? The only thing that will do is tempt our own youth players to look for new clubs to play at.
Bruce is right in what he says, that when he is on the pitch, supporters should ‘get behind him`. TOTALLY agree. Spot on. Same with all players.
“He has played 26 times for us, which is remarkable for a 20-year-old kid.”
It`s not really is it? It`s a bit incredible he`s had that much game time when not playing very well for a large (is that fair?) amount of the time. But I`d not think it is remarkable?
“He is only a boy, still learning his trade. Let`s not forget some of the really great performances he had for us. I hope they realise we need them to encourage him and get behind him. He needs their support. Let`s not forget it.”
Personally I don`t see why he`s getting time ahead of O`Hare but my preference would be pushing Lansbury to be the attacking midfielder he wants to be and giving him game time. He scored for us against Leeds in December and has hardly had a look in since. Seems odd to me to spend that much and not get him back involved.
You can see the Lansbury goal in the article below (1 min 40 seconds in)
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