Wednesday, 11 December 2019

What now for Greg Stewart?



We’ve not really spoken much at all about Greg Stewart since his arrival. Truth be told there’s not strictly been a lot to say about the former Aberdeen man.

We strongly advocated his arrival, backing him more extensively than many fans did, but we did strictly refer to his limitations. We didn’t see him usurping Alfredo Morelos or Jermain Defoe up front, nor making many inroads to the wings either, but we did see him as a useful addition who had a pretty good career record, even if he was something of an overall underachiever.

And when he was overlooked against Celtic, fan reaction has been as it always is – to big up an out of favour player as Lionel Messi purely because he isn’t playing.

We all do it, including ourselves at the site, so by no means are we telling anyone off.

But since he appeared against Brentford B yesterday, and did pretty well by all accounts, the clamour for his use within the senior squad has increased tenfold.

This was never more emphasised when the frankly useless Brandon Barker was brought on ahead of him.

We do get a sense of the less he plays the better he gets in Stewart’s case. He’s had a few good performances and one notably excellent one but it’s hard to judge just how impressive he is as a player because he’s rarely had a substantial run.

We alluded to it yesterday – he’s part of that sizeable clutch of players who don’t really get much time to shine, and if fan reaction yesterday is anything to go by, he’s one the supporters want to see given more of a chance.

Do we endorse this? It can do no harm. Stewart is not a special player, nor is he a rotten one – we don’t rate him as anything astonishing but we did back the arrival of him and he certainly gives his all when he gets a rare outing.

What do you think? Would you have Stewart playing a more significant role?

5 comments:

  1. It's a very hard one to call. He seems like a decent honest professional, who has done ok on the fairly few occasions he has got on the pitch. Scored a few goals, but he certainly doesn't look likely to be a prolific goalscorer. Nothing distinguishable about him as a player, but maybe a useful sub. I won't be heartbroken whether he leaves or stays.

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  2. Was a very good youth at Cowdenbeath. He has underachieved yes, but he is a rarity in that he is an intelligent player , he may have opened the Rotten Mob defence ..I would give him more game time. He has no pace however so sometimes it's his problem .

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  3. There's more than him, that needs a fair shake, but under SG's system, 'serial losers' are picked regardless, over better players and we, are just 'ignored.' So the subject is kinda moot, under the Managers current nepotistic management style.

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  4. Probably could've come on against Ceptic but Barker was used instead for tactical reasons to give us width and pace against 10 men. Who knows if Stewart would've been a better option. He would've played right in front of their defence without threatening to get behind them but maybe could've found a killer psss.

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  5. More Significant than Barker ...Yes
    More Significant to the Squad
    ......Maybe but probably No

    Also if we get a Decent enough Offer from a Lg1/Championship Side, We should Punt Him down the Road 🙌🏻

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