If there is one thing that annoys me most about Norwich City’s season, it is Glenn Roeder’s decision to leave out Arturo Lupoli, week after week. It drives me insane. What exactly has he done wrong? Four goals in six league starts isn’t exactly the worst record is it?
Unsurprisingly, Lupoli has vented his frustrations to the media recently. If anything, he has to be praised for keeping quiet as long as he has. Speaking about his lack of opportunities, the Italian said that he ‘cannot sit on the bench’ and that if needs be, he will ‘go somewhere else’.
This would really annoy me. Given the situation we find ourselves in, Lupoli is a player we should feel lucky to have. I struggle to find a legitimate reason for his omission as I don’t buy into the ‘too lightweight’ argument. He wasn’t too lightweight when he helped fire Derby to promotion back in 2007 and he wasn’t too lightweight when his two goals saved a point for us earlier this season at Cardiff.
So, why on earth has he been left out so often? I can’t even begin to find a reason. As the player himself states, he is ‘full of energy and wants to play’. He then went on to say that he hopes things will ‘change in the next month or so’, because if not, he will want out – who can blame him.
The only possible explanation in my opinion is Roeder’s stubbornness. Having originally decided that Lupoli was ‘too lightweight’ to make an impact, he won’t want to be proved wrong. That’s what annoys me so much about our manager – his sheer stubbornness and arrogance when it comes to crucial decisions.
That’s my theory on why he has traditionally struggled in his second season at a club. Things may have worked one way in his first season, but when they stop working in the next season – he is too stubborn to change things. ‘This has worked before, so it will now’ appears to be his approach.
As for Lupoli, well I feel ashamed at how he has been treated. When given the chance, he will score goals. That seems obvious. The thought of Leroy Lita and Lupoli up front should have been something that was at least tried. The football odds would have fancied Norwich creating and scoring plenty of chances with these two.
Instead, we will probably never see Lita at Carrow Road again and Lupoli may follow him out of the door before long.
That would be a crying shame in my view. The lad is bursting to play football and should be given a chance. Starting at Charlton this weekend. If make-shift striker Darel Russell or constantly crocked Antoine Sibiserki starts ahead of him and a negative result is achieved, then I will be drifting ever close to the ‘Roeder Out’ camp.
By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting.