Vital Football

Latest Norwich City News

Difference of opinions

Difference of opinions
The other day I wandered into McDonald's and saw the back of page of a local paper weighing up why John Ruddy isn't over at London Colney or wherever they all meet up right now.

There are a few reasons as for why, one being he isn't quite there yet. Yes, he's had a few memorable games this season and last but he juxtaposed them with fumbles and errors and had memorable games for the wrong reason - rule them mistakes out, or tone them down a bit and he (and we) is onto a good'un.

Now I'm not Ruddy-bashing. I'm just attempting to give a little balance. He mixes brilliance with barmy too regularly for my liking, but being a goalkeeper is putting yourself on a pedestal to be shot down from. Make a mistake and the world ends.

And all this clamouring is really a result of premature retirements; Paul Robinson would be a dead cert for the England squad. And, for all we know the guy from Fulham, who's apparently on loan at some club near here, could be in the form of his life. We see highlights at gone midnight. Not ideal viewing, eh?

Ruddy has split fans bang down the middle. No-one says 'he's alright'. It's either 'I rate the guy' or 'I don't trust him and he can't kick.' You'd think we were used to rubbish-kicking-keepers by now but it seems not.

I also differ with many-a fan about Barney. I hear he's our best defender, something I'm not au fait with.

To me, he looks like he does a lot because he is prone to errors and is blessed with pace to catch back up with play to clumsily win the ball back. Sure, in the air he's a different beast. I know I'm not alone in this opinion, but among Norwich fans I seem to be.

So shoot me (figuratively speaking)...

You can follow The Future's Bleak on Twitter via @thefuturesbleak, or via the regular blog here.

We want to know what YOU think. Have your say by leaving a comment below, or click here to discuss this article in the forum.

You can also share your thoughts via Facebook ( or Twitter @VitalNorwich.

Join The Vital Debate

Writer:The Future's Bleak
Date:Thursday November 10 2011
Time: 1:04PM

Best of Vital Network


i don`t think he`s ready for an england call up just yet. He have a good game then the next he makes bad mistakes. It seem like he can`t catch at the mo and you never should get beat near post, thats schoolboy error. On the other hand when he do a good save its a world class save.
10/11/2011 16:05:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Norwich City Articles

Who Is Your Norwich Player Of The Season?

It's a foregone conclusion, isn't it?

Newcastle Midfielder On Trial At Norwich

According to reports in the North East

Super Mario Coming Good At Norwich?

An excellent display from the talented midfielder as the Tuckster freezes

Stats: Norwich City v Reading

All the stats from Norwich City (3) vs (2) Reading , Carrow Road, 17/3/18 3pm Att: 25,098

Norwich City Archived Articles

Vital Norwich articles from

Site Journalists

The Tuckster
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

What would you do with Nelson Oliveira?
Suggested By: Tuckster
Keep him at all costs25%
I`d sell him in the summer75%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Norwich City Results (view all)

Norwich City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

3.Steve from Oz182
4.yellow belly139
8.Bolshie Budgie8
9.Canary Kevin8
10.northern yellow7
The Vital Football Members League