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banjo saviola

First XI
Jul 15, 2012
As I mentioned on another thread, I've watched a fair few Ryman Prem games this year and have been surprised by how direct it is. It is very much headers and volleys for 90 minutes with the ball very rarely going sideways to the widemen & fullbacks where there is space.

I discussed this with a manager of an Essex Senior team yesterday who says the current fashion is the 3 to 4 pass rule (i.e. The ball must be in the opposition third within 3 passes). He says that they are sucked into playing that way as everyone else does and he can't afford any luxury players...they all need to be workhorses.

From a Blues perspective....I'm not really sure what our style is!....but I can relate this to the Jack Payne issue where he is clearly our most technically gifted player but finding the right role for him is difficult.

So, to the original question. Is the passing game dead?...and are we going to see fewer Jack Payne's and more athletic type players in the future?