Guest Howaythetoon Posted March 1, 2009 Share Posted March 1, 2009 I'd like to talk about the ability aspect of our players and indeed the game. It is hard to believe a good number of our players possess anything remotely like ability (or talent) judging by several of these players' performances week in week out. But each and every player at the club from Michael Owen all the way through to Shola Ameobi possess ability and believe it or not, there is no real gap in ability between Owen and Shola or any of our players and indeed most that play the game be it at Premier League level or League 2 and I'll explain why. First of all, many people confuse ability with skill and likewise skill with technique when each are all different and it is important to learn this or understand this. In driving terms ability would be being able to drive a car, skill would be for example driving at high speeds without losing control and technique would be how you drive the vehicle. Lets imagine the ball is a car and Shola Ameobi is asked to drive. Can he drive a car first? Yes he has passed his test. Is he a skilful driver? Not really. What is his technique like? Pretty basic. The difference between Ameobi and Owen as footballers is not in ability but in skill and technique. Outside of those key aspects two other vital ingredients are what separate Owen from Shola and that is experience (from different training techniques encountered to how many games played and at what level) and of course mentality. And in order of essential prerequisites to be a good footballer I would place mentality above all else with technique, skill then experience quickly following. Ability doesn't even come into it because all footballers have the ability to play football. You and I would need ability to play football at a professional level but these guys already have it. What is ability again? Its being able to drive a car, ride a bike or if you're a plumber for example, fixing leaks. How and in what ways is the technique and skill respectively. The more experienced you are the more refined your skill and technique will become (bad habits not withstanding) which will help you to make better decisions and quicker too (second nature), eliminate mistakes and if you have a good mentality you will make the most of your ability regardless of skill level, experience or technical prowess. In short you will always find your true level. ^ AS AN INDIVIDUAL, anyway As we know football isn't an individual sport but a team sport and any group of people regardless of occupation needs a leader. In football terms a manager. TBC.... Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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