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  • Loki Loki Apr 6, 2012 16:57 Flag

    Is Reina still fit for purpose?

    Sorry about the negativity of the thread, but I have been thinking about this for a while now.

    First off, this has nothing to do with the Newcastle game, but his overall performance in the last couple of seasons.

    The problem for me is this: No matter how badly Pepe plays, he is never going to be dropped, and he knows this. They say competition is good, and that's true, but since he came, has Pepe had any? (even Jerzy didn't really play in Pepe's first season).

    No matter how good you are, if you're not scared about losing your place in a team, then your performance suffers. This season he has even played all the cup games, I barely know what Doni or Jones look like!

    I think his concentration is not what it used to be, and frankly, he's often rooted to the line in important moments in the game. He needs to know that he won't necessarily go straight back into the team if the backup does exceptionally well. That might focus his mind a little bit more.

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    • Loki maybe it's also a case of the defence, not doing their part in stopping balls getting through to Reina...

      Reina I feel is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

    • After watching the Blackbun game it is quite clear that we only have 1 decent keeper in the squad.

    • Pepe Reina is the best goalkeeper in this league, period. Since 06 it has been exclusively between Cech, Reina and VDS but this year Joe Hart has held exceptional form (till about a month ago anyway!). Its well recognised that Reina is head and shoulders above when it comes to the quality and range of his delivery, nobody else is even close. Cech generally has fantastic positioning whilst Hart is just a phenominal reaction player without great distribution.

      He might not be playing to his very best but hes easily top 3 in the country on form. How many of our other players can say that?

    • Loki, one level I agree with you. Pepe has not had serious competition from a back up for quite a while. But then again, if your best keeper has a good fitness record, and therefore does not need resting why rotate him for the cup games. If his back up was a youngster coming through I'd say there was good reason to give someone a chance in the cup games so they can gain experience, but it seems to me our number two for the last few seasons has been season pro's who should not need games to gain experience. Personally going into next season I'd rather see someone promoted from within the club, who might be a longer term replacement to Riena, rather than either Doni, or Jones retained, or another experienced keeper brought into replace them.

      But I'd also say I'm not sure you're correct on the merits here. Hard to remember every goal, but not sure most were all down to a keeper mistake, and I remember quite a few saves a lesser keeper would not have managed. I'd also point out our goals against is still rather respectable, and the uptick in recent games has come from a period where we've no longer had a stable back 4. I really think the loss of Agger and Johnson has been as much a negative impact on our results as the loss of Lucas, and a good back up keeper I'm not sure would have made things any better.

    • I suspect many people would say he is the best player in your team. Even more would probably agree that he has been your most consistently top performer for several years. Sunday aside, all goalkeepers make the occasional mistake.

      To put it a different way, if my club were playing yours in the FA Cup semifinal and I could choose one player of yours to be dropped/banned, it would be Reina.


    • If it wasn't for Pepe Reina we would be in relegation position.