This is a big chance for the team to pick themselves up and score a few goals before the derby the weekend after. Da Silva and De Jong should both be available for selection so let’s see if that helps some of our issues with depth.
Also for those who missed the discussion in the stadium thread: there’s trackwork on the Illawarra line on the weekend, so really plan your trip.
EDIT: Here’s the preview on the front of the site:
They didn’t play a lot in pre-season, did they? Iirc Wilko was out for a bit, so might be taking a little longer to gel.
Jop seems to have had that tendency to dive in since day one. I’m willing to give him the benefit and a bit longer before really judging… especially considering the shower of shit that has preceded with our foreign CB’s over the years. Jordy and first season Keller have been the exceptions.
Jop’s problem seems not so much to be one of understanding with Wilko as in personal judgement once or twice per game. It covers the odd rash dive in (as per your 2nd paragraph) but I think he occasionally seems to let the ball bounce when he shouldn’t. It worries me that it may not improve all that much. His distribution is good though.
I think I’ve said it on here before but I’ll say it again: he reminds me a lot of Faty, if Faty were better with the ball. Faty always had one or two brain snaps in him each game, and Jop seems to be about the same.
I never rate any of the foreign cb’s. People rave on about Buijs but I think because of his charisma his mistakes were over looked. However in saying that Jops distribution is quite good and I don’t think calver or warland would be able to do as well in that area.