The Unplayable Leon Osman

    The unplayable Leon Osman

    Unplayable is a word often used to describe an amazing player who is having a brilliant game.  He is unplayable in this form, meaning that he is very difficult to play against as he is so good.  That is normally how the word is used…………………… but not in this instance.  On this occasion I mean that in the form he is currently showing, Leon Osman shouldn’t be playing.

    Let’s get some things straight before I begin this article.  I am a big Leon Osman fan, I think that over the years he has been a very strong player for Everton Football Club and I think technically he is a nice player and should fit in well with the Martinez football style.  Leon Osman really shouldn’t succeed as a footballer, he is short, he doesn’t have pace and he is weak, but he has proved his critics wrong and played consistently well in the Premier League for over 10 years.   I believe that his England call up was well overdue and he has been one of the main reasons that Everton have been so high up the league the last 5 or 6 years, BUT since his England call up Leon Osman has been poor.

    I can’t put my finger on Osman’s poor form recently, but it seems to have been since he got his England call up.  He is rarely out the team, so maybe he is just comfortable getting picked every week without much competition.  Maybe he is worn out, he plays every match and it could be taking it’s toll.  I just don’t know.

    Osman has never been the type of player to grab a game by the scruff of the neck and drive the team forward.  I can’t remember too many games where he was massively influential as one of the main players in the game.  It is often the work he does off the ball that goes unnoticed by many fans.

    Although he still looks young, Ossie is actually 32 so he is coming to the end of his career.  This season, Ossie should really find himself being played more sparingly and rotated more often.  He still has a huge part to play in the squad and also in the dressing room and I have no doubts that he will come good again and will start many more matched for Everton.

    Personally I hope he comes good.  It’s good to see local lads playing for their local team.

    Maybe a few weeks out the team will do him some good physically and mentally?


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    1. I to am a Leon fan and as hard as it is to say it I find myself agreeing with you. His reliable touch has deserted him and he does look tired. He is one of the senior statesmen and I hope he stays in the squad for the remainder of his career. The same could also be said of Hibbo.. It was great to see him back last night but his future is one of back up full back. Its odd seeing both these guys that we have seen since there youth get to this stage of their career, both deserve our respect.

    2. he has always been inconsistent, I think he is an slightly above average prem player who looks better in a team with good players, they make him look good, he can do a job for the squad he is a capable player but that’s about it, we need a higher energy high impact midfielder, quite who though I’m not sure. chances are ossy will finish his career at Everton he offers professionalism which is a much underrated source in top end football squads.


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