I was really excited and nervous when we signed this lad... potentially a keeper for the next 15 years, potentially a Simonson, Gerrard!
I thought it was wise loaning him out but his career went from bad to worse.
Never starting any games for the blues and then going on loan to Walsall ? playing only a few games, then Chester, Stockport... all these world beaters and still not many games.
Finally, at 23 years old, he got a full season under his belt at the mighty Motherwell. We deemed him not good enough and released him ? on paper an obvious choice.
Then, from nowhere, Norwich sign him up as their Number 1 and he is integral to their promotion.
This season the kid looks like he is going to get into the England setup.
I'm neither a Moyes lover or hater but this can't be... it seems crazy how you can't get into the Stockport team then 2 years later potentially in England squad!
On paper, when he was released, I didn't think I'd hear this kid's name again. But Paul Lambert or his scouts saw potential we never did. I just wish we had given youth a go... Oops ? there I go, giving a little dig to Davey... Sorry ? it's only out of love!
Peter Griffin, Posted 27/10/2011 at 08:20:14
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1 Posted 27/10/2011 at 15:44:28
2 Posted 27/10/2011 at 16:01:51
It's a tough choice for goalies. Do you stay at a Premier League club, or go elsewhere for first team football. I remember Jason Kearton being around for years, who obviously was never going to be ahead of Big Nev.
Maybe players like Mucha are pleased for the chance and the salary, but eventually you need to end up playing.
3 Posted 27/10/2011 at 16:06:45
Not much you can do in those circumstances.
Also if you've seen any of Norwich's games this season you'll know he's not exactly exempt from dropping the odd clanger.
4 Posted 27/10/2011 at 16:25:00
5 Posted 27/10/2011 at 16:33:59
6 Posted 27/10/2011 at 16:39:44
7 Posted 27/10/2011 at 16:42:01
8 Posted 27/10/2011 at 17:20:38
I hope the lad does well. I saw him interviewed the other week and he seems like a nice bloke. Raises a lot of money for the Armed Forces.
It's always tough for a youngster to get a chance at a Prem club but even more so for a 'keeper.
I don't think we can be too hard on Moyes for this one. Even if he does become an England international.
9 Posted 27/10/2011 at 18:03:14
Ruddy may well be going through a bit of purple patch, similar to one Richard Wright had at Ipswich - and we all know what happened to him.
Like Lee, I don't think we can point fingers at Moyes here. If anyone is to blame it is Ruddy for working his bollocks off and performing to the level he is. Good luck to the lad.
10 Posted 27/10/2011 at 20:36:38
I also saw Iain Turner when he played for Chester. The less said the better. I do think Ruddy could have been given a chance in a couple of games that Turner played in.
11 Posted 27/10/2011 at 20:45:53
I think the attacks on Mucha are unfair. They all make howlers and a lack of first team practice doesn't help. I wouldn't judge any player on a couple of games (Denis and Velios). Enough happened during the 120 minutes to have won the game, Mucha's blunder aside.
12 Posted 27/10/2011 at 22:57:17
Southall, I think his name was...
13 Posted 28/10/2011 at 00:26:14
I also remember the Blues of 68-69 putting 7 on Liecester and a certain young Mr Shilton.
Keepers, if they do get better, get better with age.
Continental keepers, with their flapping, punching (catch it, man!) and general Weetabix style, used to be a joke, but the joke came back to bite us in the bum when the Polish Keeper played a blinder.
There was a time pre-foreign player invasion that, with the exception of a few Scots and Welsh, any one of a dozen 1st Division English keepers would be good enough to play for not only the England of then, but easily the England of now and were only denied by the high class and long records of Banks, Clemence, Shilton, who must have had it sown up between them for nigh on 25 years. Hodkinson, Springett, Waiters, West, Stepney (even down to the much(a) maligned Bonnetti, who only got the chance coz West turned it down) spring to mind. I'm not sure if the 2 guys in the 60s from Blackburn and Burnley didn't get the odd cap as well.
Even the Flying Pig got a cap or 2 for Scotland, woolieback accent and all.
14 Posted 28/10/2011 at 05:24:03
15 Posted 28/10/2011 at 09:31:37
16 Posted 28/10/2011 at 09:45:31
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