It wasn’t a yes, and it wasn’t a no.
But at least we know that he’s at least considering the change, and at the end of the day, it all has to start somewhere.
Before the international break, Pep Clotet spoke about how he was going to have talks with the club’s goalkeeping coach Darryl Flahavan about what to do in regards to Lee Camp after the goalkeepers error against Fulham cost the team dearly. But by the sounds of it, there isn’t going to be much change happening at St Andrew’s just yet.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of the game with Huddersfield Town, Clotet gave an update on the goalkeeping situation, and although he hinted at the start that things were going to remain the same, he did drop a subtle hint that things might be set for a change after all.
““As a ‘keeper I think Lee Camp had a solid start to the season and I obviously understand the fans are worried because if the goalkeeper makes a mistake it normally ends up in a goal. What I can say to the fans is everyone here is very focused on correcting mistakes, on improving on helping us to get better and building. We are not naive that the only thing is to build, to build, the importance is to finish as well as possible as well as build the club – that’s my motivation. Tomorrow I will decide”
So there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that at least he’s thought about making a change. The bad news, is that he hasn’t decided who is going to go in goal yet and will decide the day before the game, which to me is just a little bit odd.
Whilst playing in goal isn’t the same as playing outfield where you have to develop partnerships and relationships, like in central defence or a full-back and a winger, there is still something to be gained from having an understanding between a goalkeeper and the rest of the team.
How high can they push up and let the keeper act as ‘sweeper’ in behind? What’s his distribution like? Is he quick-thinking enough to get counter-attacks started? So many things to factor in.
So the fact that he’s yet to decide who is going to go in goal on Saturday just doesn’t sit right with me. This is something that should have been decided more or less the Monday after the Fulham game, not the day before.
Should Lee Camp finally be dropped?
Let’s just hope it doesn’t come back to haunt them.