I read on FOF that Schwarzer going away in January cost us, that when he got back we were worse off and that because he wanted to be elsewhere his performances have dipped which is also partly because he’s older now…. and so on. I don’t believe this, frankly, and if he’s declined at all a) it was from a very high starting point and b) I don’t know that any of us would really notice it. As I mentioned to Mart on Monday, if Stockdale had played like Schwarzer against Liverpool it’d be evidence that he’s not ready/to be trusted, when it’s Schwarzer he’s too old. In reality it was a bad day at the office brought about by the unhelpful behaviour of others (in this case his defence and the people dressed in red).
Anyhow, here are some quick numbers:
|Goals allowed||Shots on target||% sot that went in|
This season there’s more or less nothing between our keepers when we look at how good they’ve been at saving the shots they’ve faced. Early Schwarzer is almost identical to late Schwarzer, Stockdale is Stockdale. If there were any glaring problems they might show up in these numbers, but I can’t see anything. There are other elements to goalkeeping, of course, but ultimately it comes down to keeping the ball out of the net. And if you take Monday out of the equation Schwarzer’s conceded only ten goals from 76 shots, or 13%, which you’d have to say is pretty good.
So, what do you use for evidence? One terrible game or a good number of excellent ones?
The wider question is what this (Monday) means for Stockdale, but I would assume the answer, for now, is nothing.