Ben Osborn’s performance against Reading has seriously split opinions in the fanbase.
While some are calling for Jack Robinson to be selected ahead of the 24-year-old for the next league game, others backed the left-sided player to keep his place and build on his display against the Royals.
Fans on Twitter gave very different views on our no.11’s performance:
He was out of his depth yesterday. We have better players now.Want promotion then deal with the tough decisions.Ben Osborn is targeted because he’s a weak link. Robinson will make left back his own and there’s no place for Osborn in midfield because we have better players #NFFC
— Jemmas Cat (@jemmascat) 12 August 2018
See Osborn getting turned inside out again ???????????????? #NFFC
— NorthWestRed (@red_till_death) 11 August 2018
After very important win today.Yet again all seeing timeline some fruit cakes bashing Osborn yet again. ????????#NFFC
Give lad break.
— ???? (@NFFC120) 11 August 2018
— Harry Norton (@mrharrynorton) 11 August 2018
Got to be honest… Osborn was terrible at LB today. Lost the ball to easily, got skinned to many times and was out of position too much. Robinson has to start next league match #nffc
— Gaz Brown (@Gaz23Brown) 11 August 2018
Thought he was poor first half but played two of the best through balls. Second half was a lot better and found it amusing that Robinson came on to replace Lolley. I bet you Osborn haters were fuming. #NFFC
— kevin o'dwyer (@kodswallop) 11 August 2018
— Jay (@forest_jay) 12 August 2018
I'll never understand the Osborn hate at all. You don't have like five different managers wanting to play you every week if you don't have something.
He's not a defensive player as such but that side of his game is improving game by game, perfect fit for a wing back role. #nffc
— DizzyBala (@DizzyBala) 12 August 2018
Osborn was named in the Whoscored.com Championship Team of the Week which prompted more debate:
— Grant (@Grantnffc1) 12 August 2018
Fans still slagged off Ben Osborn yet he made team of the week #nffc
— Joseph Pickard (@josephpickard) 12 August 2018
— SeCu (@se_cu) 12 August 2018
There’s no doubting that Ben is a makeshift left-back. His strengths lie further up the pitch, and he was caught out on a number of occasions positionally on Saturday.
With all that being said though, we still came out with a clean sheet, and while there is a case to be made for bringing in Robinson, I think Aitor Karanka will keep faith with the player for the next league encounter versus Wigan.
It will be interesting to see how the Spaniard changes things up against Bury tomorrow though.