08 January 2017

Goodbye to Morgan Fox

I've only seen four games this season, and I'm a notoriously bad judge of football and footballers, so who am I to comment but ...

When they write the book on confirmation bias, Morgan Fox won't just be a footnote, he'll have his own chapter, illustrated with screenshots from the twitter response to the news that Sheffield Wednesday have paid seven hundred thousand undiscloseds to get his services. Here's an extreme example, from someone who obviously never saw Yohann Thuram's hilarious impression of a goalkeeper.
Yes, he had bad games. Who hasn't, under the revolving door management regime at Charlton these three years? My feeling was that he needed a better, more defensive, left midfield in front of him than he usually got. But he had good games and he played a part in some important goals.

Above all, he somehow rode out the disgraceful abuse some fans would give him, never seeming to be affected by it. (But of course he was. He must have been. The culture of denial got to him. Unable to directly address any feelings of anger, it's likely he internalised it, and that may be why his play this season was apparently worse - but again, what do I know?)

I'm absolutely sure that Wednesday's scouting team know more about football than I do, and I'm prepared to bet they have looked at Fox with a more balanced, less prejudiced eye than many Charlton fans. I really hope he does well, not just for his sake but because it will really piss off all those who wanted him to fail, laughed and jeered when he did, and somehow didn't see when he didn't.


Hungry Ted said...

Well said, Brian. Was never deserving of the scapegoat he become.

JamesDutton said...

Hear hear

Vincera said...

Clearly the 6 or 7 managers who regularly picked him, along with Sheff Weds coaching staff and manager know nothing compared to the wisdom of the crowd. Apparently he was even worse than Simon Francis (currently captain of Premier League Bournemouth).

Our fans' need to scapegoat our own players has reached alarming levels in recent years. I can't see how it's helpful, but few football fans are prepared to say, as you do: 'What do I know?'