Jermaine Jenas – why is he judged using a different scale?
There are a few things that constantly come up in Jenas threads on Spurs message boards (and indeed in mumblings around WHL) that I have never really been able to understand.
- Some of our fans “hate” him.
- He is seen as not caring/a bottle job/weak.
- He is seen as inconsistent.
1. Why would you hate a Spurs player? He seems like a nice enough lad off the pitch – he came from a tough background with a single mum, and he worked hard to get to where he is today. He talks well on the game, he’s not as stupid as a lot of players, and he comes across as passionate about the club. He is also doing some good off the pitch – see this interview. I just don’t really “get” why some people have such an irrational dislike of him.
2. IMO he shows no more or less commitment than 99% of our players. He could be physically stronger, but so could many of our players.
3. He doesn’t play well every game. But how many footballers for sides of a similar standard to us do? Equally, Kranjcar has had some brilliant games for us this season, but he’s also had some very poor games. Modric has been awful in his last two appearances, but is generally seen as our best player. Palacios has made a string of defensive errors that have directly and indirectly cost us goals. In effect, Jenas is far from the most inconsistent player we have.
I don’t particularly like Jenas as a player – I prefer players who play football the way I personally like to see it played, and I do feel that he quite often doesn’t see a pass, or dallies too long and misses opportunities. However, he certainly has some good qualities – he has excellent energy, he takes responsibility defensively, and he probably (without checking) has a better PL scoring record than any of our other midfield players.
I think the crux of the issue is that I feel that some people judge him on a scale totally different to other players. They expect him to be single-handedly dragging us through games a la Gerrard for Liverpool (who, incidentally, has had a poor season). Why? Just because he plays in the middle of midfield? Why is Jenas expected to do the near-impossible, when others aren’t? It’s almost like having a go at Gomes for being too tall – it’s just the way he is. He hasn’t got that steely determination of Rooney or Gerrard, and he never will have. You can’t teach that.
All I ask is that players are judged fairly, and I certainly don’t think that Jenas is.
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Give the guy a break and some encouragement if you are a true Spurs fan.
It is no coninsidence that are strong form coinsided with Jenas not being played.
Are you his secretly his mummy.
you clearly very little about the game
No mate, boo hoo, hard upbringing give me a break - what has that got to do with anything? he isnt an intelligent footballer. Oh but he is athletic and has loads of energy. I dont agree with booing any spurs player, he just is not good enough, im sure he would flourish at a stoke, or a wigan, birmingham etc
He went missing yesterday and has done many times both offesively and defensively. Carlton Palmer tried hard and I would give 100% but I am rubbish.
The reason he's getting so much stick compared to the others is because after 5 seasons of shit, most rigth minded Spurs' fans are absolutely sick of the sight of him.
6 league goals in each of his first two seasons.
4 league goals in each of his last two seasons, and 1 league goal so far this season. Thankfully he's been dropped from the first 11.
Doesn't create, can't defend. Get rid asap.
Interesting that some people ignored the section where I said that I don't particularly like him as a player and chose to assume that I really rate the guy and want him in the team week in, week out - I don't. However, until we get someone better in, he is an important member of the squad.
He played poorly yesterday and had to have Palacios brought on as reinforcement.
He did a couple of his meandering runs which petered out and should have scored. He tried to give them a goal with a poor back-pass and was partly resonsible for the first goal.
Apart from that he played quite well when we were attacking. But he didn't give Modric, who likes players to play off him, enough help.
However people have been presently surprised by his performances this season when he has come on as a sub.
Comments ranging from 'not absolutely shit today' to 'didn't play too bad'
He is mainly despised because he is not someone else, Gerrard for example but once you get over that he is not a bad player.He works hard and does a lot of the fetching and carrying and like Modric gets through a lot of the dirty work in midfield. Modric of is cleverer and has more awareness.
He has been a regular member of an improving squad and can offer us something even though he is not first choice.He is reliable, obviously trains well and can play to instructions. He always plays well against the Arsenal and the 3rd goal in the 4-4 last season was JJ at his best and the goal of the season.
UTTERLY USELESS PLAYER
Its a little unfair to cite individual examples, but here are a couple of favourites - penalty against PSV, looks great against Derby (H) and Wigan (H), then goes missing in big games, he was actually going to get himself sent off in the famous 4-4 game at Arsenal (people tend to forget that) before things turned our way at the end.
He has ONLY one strength - he can run very fast with the ball on a breakaway, but this strength is seldom used. It seems cruel, but I would rather play with 10 men - someone earlier said modric was poor v Leeds when in fact he was our best player - now there's a guy with heart. Bring back Perryman and Roberts!
I like hudd but he has had a long run in the team this season and he has not stepped up. I f you are at the games you will surely admit he misplaces an awful lot of passes(short and long) and that is hard to accept considering what you lose with him in the team.
is he disliked cos he is too pretty and makes some of you feel a bit funny in your pants
There are certainly better central midfielders than Jenas around but they will cost and failing surprises I don't see one coming in the next week - so I prefer to support a decent player who needs to be coaxed on to produce more.If you want to target a player for poor form or attitude try Bentley... then again he doesn't even make the team anymore!
I think people also forget the very successful midfield partnership that Jenas and Palacios had for the last 4 months of last season - it was as successful as Palacios and Huddlestone has been this year.
When asked to stick to a limited task - i.e. close players, intercept, and then give the ball to our better players, I think he does a decent enough job.
We have always had divided support over certain players, these conversations were happening in the 60's. One way of thinking about it that you know those people you meet you don't click with and nonone else does, but you cannot explain it well that person is Jenas. I just don't like him as a player and whatever.
Zokora was moved on, Palacios is a defensive midfielder, Modric can actually use the ball and Huddlestone has time on his side (I believe he'll never make it at the top though).
What exactly does Jenas do? 5 seasons! Quite literally, he's going backwards at a time when he should be peaking. He's been cheating every fan that pays good money to watch Spurs for 5 years. Enough is enough
Whoever said Jenas is a loser is spot on. Get him out and bring in a winner.
JimmyG2 - bugger off back to your own site ;)
I take no joy in being proven right season after tragic season where Jenas is concerned.
I'm surprised people are still prepared to differ. Seems like a futile activity - whatever floats your boat I suppose.
the guy is just a awful awful player and anyone that cannot see this fact has no idea what football is about
i pray for the day he leaves the club because he simply is useless
i would rather play with 10 men , yesterday against a div 1 leeds team he looked out of his depth
jj - jog on son
Look at the game through your own eyes ffs!
and if anyone thinks he can play football hasnt got a clue about the game get rid harry please
Yes he runs around
Yes he passes sideways or backwards
Yes he occasionally shoots and misses
But no he cannot read a game
No cannot inspire others
Just compare him with Fabregas
He is out of his depth
There is no more player infuriating than Jenas- he should have progressed way better by now. Perhaps he has suffered with the too many coaches at spurs and his natural game not come on but its clearly in Spurs Team- he doesn't fit.
we are further hampered by the two Ks
King and Keane,they seem to get in the side
because they used to be good.
Keane is rubbish to slow to scratch himself
and King is now a waste of time.
He declares he feels fit enough to play
Rednapp selects him and after about 60 mins
he breaks down and we have to use a sub.
Stop selecting on sentiment and give fitter
faster younger players a game and we might
we (spurs fans) are a werid bunch