Well, I know the season has only just begun and that he is struggling with match-fitness but are these plausible excuses for his recent poor form? In fairness to midfielder Alan Judge, I did not see the game last night against Luton but by all accounts, he was very poor again.
Former Town skipper Mick Mills was scathing in his criticism of him on Radio Suffolk and said that fellow midfielders should have given him a right rollicking when they returned to the changing rooms because of his lack of desire to trackback. “That for me from Alan Judge was not good enough and if I was Emyr Huws or Andre Dozzell I’d be telling him. I wouldn’t care about reputations or anything like that, I would be telling him. He wasn’t assisting those two players at all. It doesn’t matter whether you are eighteen or an experienced international player, you have to get the basics right.”
On Saturday, I did see Town in action and once again Judge made a difference but for all the wrong reasons! When Luke Garbett came off with an injury and Judge came on, the Town performance dipped discernibly. In fact, they were a pale shadow of their former selves and all their attacking prowess faded into oblivion. Judge was unbelievably negative in almost everything he did, and apart from not tracking back, he was profligate in his passing and his shooting which was woeful throughout.
What exacerbates the situation further is that Garbett is expected to be out for up to a month with the knee injury incurred against Sunderland, and although we do have most of our talent in midfield these days, Lambert must now look to Jon Nolan and Emyr Huws to rekindle some form of old and feature more.
Mick Mills also suggested that Judge has become a bit of a liability these days and that he would prefer to see an in-form Jon Nolan take his place at some stage so the question is, is it finally time to Judge Alan? Is his heart still in it – or did that 650,000 pounds deal that fell through with QPR turn his head? If not, then why we must ask is he playing so poorly?
A caller on Final Whistle with Graeme Mac disputed Mick Mills interpretation of the way Judge is playing and said that we have to give him more time. Mills, however, was having none of it. “So how long do you protect the guy for? How long? Everybody says this is the season we have got to do it. We don’t want to waste any time in this division and wrapping people in cotton wool won’t help.”
F.W. editor of Vital Ipswich