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Who's going to be better?

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Sep 25, 2008
3 Years ago i watched a few games in which both Jack Payne and Jack Bridge were playing. I said to mates at the time the better player was Bridge. I likened him to Adam Lallana and bet them that in 5 years time Bridge would be playing at a higher standard of football than Payne. Now my mates have reminded me on several occasions that my confident prediction is way off , with Payne somehow clocking up around 50 appearances whereas Bridge has only just debuted.
So despite the OTT adulation for Payne , how do other Shrimperzoners see the match up looking 2 years from now?

I ll grant you that Payne has a sweet left foot and has decent dead ball delivery. He cuts in well onto his left foot and possesses a good strike. Occasionally he picks out a good pass. BUT Bridge , IMHO , posseses that magic ingredient of pace and acceleration that the diminutive and often anonymous Payne lacks. Bridge shows better football awareness -- rarely will you see him running with his head down trying to aimlessly dribble into a crowd of defenders before losing the ball - he has the ability to pass and move and is a team player not a glory hunter. Physically stronger and actually able to win headers, Bridge can compete anywhere across the midfield so you dont need to fix the whole team formation to allow the luxury of a player drifting around in the hole. Bridge is 2 footed and can finish , although i accept Payne is also clinical in front of goal ( on his left foot)

So with Payne set to risk his career progress and to warm the bench somewhere else for a while and with the prospect of Bridge getting a full season ahead in Div 1 ... who do you think will be the better player come MAY 2018 ???????????

I fully expect the Payne lovers to scoff at the question , but i will look back at this in 2 years from now and see who's crystal ball was working best !!!!