Wednesday, 18 January 2012

In Defence of Phil Parkinson

Some of the comments about Phil Parkinson letting Jack Compton leave the club in recent weeks have bordered on the insane. Practically every thread on the clubs Official Message Board has somehow wound back up on the subject of Compton. And it’s boring. Yes, this article brings the subject back to the surface but it is only fair to defend Parkinson.

I’ll start off by saying I liked Compton on the wing. Had I been in charge I would have kept him myself. But we don’t get to see what Phil Parkinson sees day in, day out at training. And if anyone was in a position to judge on Compton, it was Parkinson.

Some of the opinions spouted on the internet about Compton have bordered on the ludicrous. Listening to some people would make you believe that we have let Lionel Messi slip through our grasp. And while I cannot say my opinion is any more right than anyone else’s, a bit of objectivity from people would have been nice.

Jack, while technically gifted, is a limited player. His engine runs out after 60 minutes, he lacks real pace for a winger and often shirked defensive responsibilities. Don’t get me wrong, he was a creative force and he had an uncanny ability to be able to squeeze past two defenders at once, but in my opinion it wasn’t enough. And what’s more, Kyel Reid has more goals and assists to his name. And he came in late without a pre-season.

What’s more, it is alleged that Compton has a poor attitude. He was allegedly bombed out of Falkirk for having a less than desirable attitude and the issue reared its head at City when he wasn’t picked for Gillingham away. Compton was given a legitimate reason by the manager, yet he still felt the need to let his feelings be known by the medium of Twitter. While frustrating, not something you would want from a potential signing.

And when push came to shove, Compton showed a lack of fight when the opportunity came up to sign on for the season. A player who was apparently desperate to sign for Bradford City, but turned down the chance to when offered the chance. It was always unlikely that the club would offer Compton a permanent deal this January, with him not being a Parkinson signing and with Reid to come back. And with Compton supposedly using interest from other ‘English clubs’ to try and get a better deal from City, Parkinson has done the right thing in calling his bluff. Expecting a permanent contract was always going to be wishful thinking in January when Parkinson will be doing much of his rebuilding in the summer.

Phil Parkinson’s signings so far have generally being excellent and if he believes we can better than Compton then I am willing to believe him.

But I still wish Compton well. He gave us some good memories; putting City 1-0 up at Elland Road and his cross for Mitchell at home against Rotherham was exquisite. It’s just a shame he was too stubborn to stay for another 4 months and try to cement a permanent place at Valley Parade. And hopefully this will be the last we hear of the Compton saga!
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