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View briandavis's Profile briandavis Flag Udon Thani 23 Dec 18 12.53pm Send a Private Message to briandavis Add briandavis as a friend

Iím probably flattering myself that Wilf might read this, but hope he does. Iím sure heís heard this from many coaches and advisers before, but just hope that from a now near 70 year old fan of perhaps 60 years now living in Thailand, it might be a bit Ďdifferentí.

Great win yesterday, fantastic effort by everyone and wonder goal by Andros. I fell into bed at midnight here, Ďbubblingí. But, you know what spoiled the occasion slightly was seeing you losing it yet again and getting booked, having just finished a suspension. Look, nobody loves you more than me; fair to say Palace would not be in the position it is without your great contribution in your time at the Club. We all know you get fouled, but the opponent isnít penalized, but there are occasions when youíre appealing for something that isnít there. This gets you frustrated, but often you annoy the referee with your reaction and, of course, the fans of the opposition, who get on your back. Your rash challenge leading to the booking was typical. Complaining or subsequent fouling is unlikely to help, indeed itís a distraction to your game you donít need. Get on with it.

Itís about time to mature, keep your temper, let your skills do the talking, hurt the opposition and help your own team. Iím convinced this would make you an even better player.
I send this with the best intentions, as a Palace and Zaha fan and hope you grasp that.
Love you mate. Wish you a happy Christmas and great New Year.

 

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View Bangell's Profile Bangell Flag Oxford 23 Dec 18 1.06pm Send a Private Message to Bangell Add Bangell as a friend

I've been saying it for a while: the club needs to get a sports psychologist in to work with Wilf if he's going to realise his potential.

 

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View MonsterMunch's Profile MonsterMunch Flag Cambridge 23 Dec 18 1.19pm Send a Private Message to MonsterMunch Add MonsterMunch as a friend

They used to say the same about Rooney. He done alright

Agree he needs to be more savvy. But you canít take that away from him. Itís part of his make up.

 

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View FairweatherEagle's Profile FairweatherEagle Flag London 23 Dec 18 1.37pm Send a Private Message to FairweatherEagle Add FairweatherEagle as a friend

Brian - there was something in it, he was fouled twice but the ref missed it. Monstermunch I agree 100%. In my view Rooney's game declined when Fergie coached the edge out of it.

I don't think he needs a shrink but he needs to find a way to manage his anger and edge better when it is starting to get counter productive.

 

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View PalazioVecchio's Profile PalazioVecchio Flag south pole 23 Dec 18 2.46pm Send a Private Message to PalazioVecchio Add PalazioVecchio as a friend

maybe Wilf's anger should be more in his boots and less in his mouth.

but what would i know ? what advice can an armchair beer drinker offer to a professional athlete ?

 


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View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 23 Dec 18 3.01pm Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Originally posted by MonsterMunch

They used to say the same about Rooney. He done alright

Agree he needs to be more savvy. But you canít take that away from him. Itís part of his make up.

You beat me to it. I was going to cite Eric Cvntona.

 


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View JRW2's Profile JRW2 Flag Dulwich 23 Dec 18 3.08pm Send a Private Message to JRW2 Add JRW2 as a friend

I know that this has been said so many times that it hardly needs repeating - opponents foul him not only because "he's just too good for you", but because they know he'll lose his cool, he'll sulk, get thrown off his game, frequently get carded, and in general become less effective. Yes, a psychologist should be given a chance to try and sort him out. I remember (I'm extremely old) someone saying that when Stanley Matthews found himself against a clogger, it simply increased his determination to make a fool of the culprit.

 

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View NEILLO's Profile NEILLO Flag Shoreham-by-Sea 23 Dec 18 3.48pm Send a Private Message to NEILLO Add NEILLO as a friend

As frustrating as it is that Wilf gets booked for what's become his trademark foul, I think it's impossible to eradicate it without him losing an edge to his game.

I think it's the price of doing business in this instance.

 


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View Goal Machine's Profile Goal Machine Flag Croydon 23 Dec 18 7.28pm Send a Private Message to Goal Machine Add Goal Machine as a friend

Originally posted by NEILLO

As frustrating as it is that Wilf gets booked for what's become his trademark foul, I think it's impossible to eradicate it without him losing an edge to his game.

I think it's the price of doing business in this instance.

I disagree. Itís a real weakness for him and recently itís got worse.

Christiano Ronaldo was the same at United when he was young. Got lumps kicked out of him every match and was petulant. Heís eradicated it from his game and became the worlds best player. Wilf gets kicked no more than Hazard but Hazard can handle it.

Skilful players will get the physical treatment, simple. He needs do something about it as heís letting himself down at the moment and itís affecting his form. Must driving Hodgson mad. Sports psychologist sounds like a sensible idea.

 

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View merganser's Profile merganser Flag 23 Dec 18 10.43pm Send a Private Message to merganser Add merganser as a friend

Shouldnít one of his team mates exert a calming influence ?

 

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View johnmcormick8's Profile johnmcormick8 Flag Brundish 24 Dec 18 8.08am Send a Private Message to johnmcormick8 Add johnmcormick8 as a friend

He a bright young man with an edge he'll learn his own way on this.I know its frustrating for us old buggers but wern't we just the same sometimes. Granted our Wilf is a specieal talent we will just have to take the great with the not so great and be greatful he is still with us.

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View NEILLO's Profile NEILLO Flag Shoreham-by-Sea 24 Dec 18 11.23am Send a Private Message to NEILLO Add NEILLO as a friend

Originally posted by Goal Machine

I disagree. Itís a real weakness for him and recently itís got worse.

Christiano Ronaldo was the same at United when he was young. Got lumps kicked out of him every match and was petulant. Heís eradicated it from his game and became the worlds best player. Wilf gets kicked no more than Hazard but Hazard can handle it.

Skilful players will get the physical treatment, simple. He needs do something about it as heís letting himself down at the moment and itís affecting his form. Must driving Hodgson mad. Sports psychologist sounds like a sensible idea.


Well I would be very surprised if Wilf had not had any contact with a sports psychologist if it was deemed worthwhile by the myriad of managers he's played under !


I think the comparison with Hazard throws up one significant difference - Hazard gets most of the free kicks / decisions in his favour. Wilf patently doesn't.

 


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