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Dec 14, 2011
Many ( maybe most ) of us will acknowledge that Ryan Leonard has been our ‘stand out’ player of the past few seasons.
He has stood out on more than one occasion - top player.
Yet in the three wins under Saint Chris , the performances and work rate of McLaughlin , Timlin, Yearwood and Kightly has been excellent and IMO way above how they were performing when Leonard was here.
I think a lot is to do with the ‘new Manager’ effect - wanting to impress and better game plan etc , but I also wonder if they feel that without the ‘star’ player , they need to step up more and indeed have the confidence to do so ?
Maybe there was an element of “Lenny will do it” , so they didn’t need to do as much.
As I say , he was our ‘stand out’ player and I don’t think the 4 I mentioned have suddenly become ‘better than Leonard’ , but maybe a better unit ?
Interested to hear what others think.