#97 | Joshua Wilson-Esbrand - 2022/23 Performances

blue61

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Given that he is 20 later this year he is probably at the right age for the first team. The issue is probably his lack of game time through injuries

It would be fantastic if he could stay injury free as he is part of the first team squad. Ideally he can come in and out getting minutes here and there as the other young ones have

You would think fullback is one of the positions where young players have more chance of establishing themselves
 

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I hope this thread grows and grows (with positivity). I liked what I saw against Wycombe and I liked what I saw in pre-season. I've said too many times now, I wanted to see him tested against Salah to give him a real insight into what the top level is like. I understand the reason why we didn't.
 

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I hope this thread grows and grows (with positivity). I liked what I saw against Wycombe and I liked what I saw in pre-season. I've said too many times now, I wanted to see him tested against Salah to give him a real insight into what the top level is like. I understand the reason why we didn't.

Well actually, to be fair, it was literally the least important game in which he could have been pitted against Salah. Otherwise, it's either of the league games (I don't think), a game in either of the domestic cups (not a very good idea, if we get knocked out with a brilliant Salah goal or two responsible), or the CL (out of the question, if a senior player is available).
 

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If we don't get a LB, he'll get some important minutes. Obviously Cancelo/Walker would be the starters, but we play with one very offensive and creative FB and a more defensive focus one, so I don't think Walker/Ake will ever start together. For me:
Starters: Cancelo/Walker
If Walker gets injured: Ake/Cancelo
If Cancelo gets injured: JWE/Walker
 

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Well actually, to be fair, it was literally the least important game in which he could have been pitted against Salah. Otherwise, it's either of the league games (I don't think), a game in either of the domestic cups (not a very good idea, if we get knocked out with a brilliant Salah goal or two responsible), or the CL (out of the question, if a senior player is available).

It was the perfect scenario to test him, but Cancelo needed the run out. Pep clearly saw it as another pre-season game (despite claiming it as a trophy when we last won it). Regardless of JWE's performance, it would have been Cancelo starting against West Ham so the match fitness was needed.

Hopefully with 5 subs he gets opportunities off the bench. Whether we sign a left back or not, we will need to rotate and rest our fullbacks as a priority if games are won. I know we can shuffle Ake into a LB slot but with Laporte injured and Stones' fitness always a worry we should get to see Wilson Esbrand in the first team more this season.
 

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