I’ve been holding onto this for a few days.
Just tossing up the idea of whether or not it was the correct call by Sabri Lamouchi, or if he took my concept of playing the young players a little too far.
I’m talking of course about Brennan Johnson.
The young Welsh prospect made his first league start for the club on the weekend in the club’s draw with Sheffield Wednesday, and by all accounts, at least judging by the fans response to his performance, have a good account of himself as he played just over an hour before being replaced by Alfa Semedo.
In the buildup to the restart, I spoke about the idea of the club utilising young players as a way of both a way of helping them develop and giving the senior players a bit of a rest during what is setting up to be a rather hectic stretch in the schedule now the season is back underway.
However, after much thought, as well as Johnson did during the game, I think it was the wrong option to start him.
Will we see Johnson in the starting eleven again before the end of the season?
Whilst I applaud Lamouchi for giving him a runout, I feel as though he got it the wrong way around. I’d have much rather he go with a more experienced line-up and maybe brought him on towards the end to act as a game-changer.
We had enough experience on the bench that could have been used instead of him such as Joao Carvalho or the aforementioned Semedo to choose from, I’d even make the argument that Adama Diakhaby would have been a better option too.
Again, I don’t blame Lamouchi for trying it, in fact it would be hypocritical of me to be TOO unhappy with the concept, I just think it would have worked better the other way around. Experience first, then bring in the youth.
What about you? What do you make of Lamouchi’s decision to play Johnson on Saturday?