All of the Time: So Sevilla and yet so far
On the official CPFC Facebook page, one comment before the U21 cup game against Exeter on Tuesday really irritated me.
The writer expressed his belief that Jose Campana deserves to stay in the reserves until he realises he's a player and not a manager.
It's amazing how wholeheartedly somebody will swallow a newspaper's suggestion that our Spanish midfielder has acted like a power-hungry prima donna.
The "attitude problem" style complaints about his character are surely ridiculous. How can somebody who can't speak English disrupt morale and togetherness to the point of crisis?
Indeed, I'm not sure when I've ever known a manager to say he's "lost the dressing room" and only be referring to one player.
Besides, if anyone had reasons to fall out with Holloway its Jose.
I think he's our most gifted player, yet the youngster has featured for the Eagles sporadically at best and in a variety of positions. Off the striker, deep lying, out wide.
If the "bust up" has been nasty and is the Spaniard's fault then I concede he should be taught a lesson and reminded of his status within the club.
However, I don’t think the atmosphere at half time against Fulham (or at full time) was particularly conductive to cordiality and calmness.
I feel for the midfielder. As well as being consistently used badly and in odd roles on the pitch, I can't imagine how difficult it must be for a 20-year-old to readjust to South Norwood from Sevilla, surrounded by people you can't communicate with, and as English winter really gets going.
Shouldn’t we organise the side around the talented Spaniard - like Arsenal, Tottenham or United would do with a tempestuous, unhappy but talented player (Fabregas, Bale, and Rooney)?
I'm not saying he should be given carte blanche - or is at the same level as that trio - but neither do I buy the description of Campana as tempestuous.
Against West Brom, he again missed out and only time will tell if he makes it back into the first team for Everton.
Above all else, we really lack somebody with his vision and talent on the ball, his passing ability and ambition as well as his set pieces.
As the Baggies dispatched Palace 2-0 and the Eagles again made horrifically bad tactical decisions (Puncheon in the middle and Bannan out wide, are you serious?!) - I pray Campana missed out because of a niggling injury.
Because if the bearded playmaker missed out due to a clash of opinions then our club is in even more trouble than I first thought.
He's on a four-year contract, let's not ruin things less than six months in.
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