Running before we can walk

I’ve spent most of the last few evenings watching Masterchef: the Professionals, and other than Greg Wallace’s big stupid face, one thing has stood out: that these chefs often aren’t much good. Now they’re supposed to be professionals; so why can’t they do things properly?

Now the main reason seems to be that these people seem to have bypassed a lot of training to just become a head chef. “I’m 14 & I’m good at cooking cheese on toast, and I’m now head chef at a gastro pub”

The standard from these young protégées is:
“Can you boil this egg for me?” “Boil is the one in the oven right, can I just make a sulphuric spittle looking foam instead?”

So, what’s my point? I probably don’t have one, but this appears to be a problem throughout football too. Players are promoted way beyond their capabilities way too soon.

How is it possible that players with a single trick can get by for a while, and even earn England caps before it dawns on anybody that they might be really good at step overs but they can’t pass? Surely actually developing players properly before giving them responsibility wouldn’t be a bad plan.

This isn’t a question of age, it’s purely a case of making sure that footballers actually have the skills they need to actually progress beyond being a flash in the pan.

Patience is not a bad thing, and actually making people work to a high standard before you promote them should be commended.

We are all looking to progress to greatness too quickly, and maybe slowing down to learn to do things properly will pay off in the long run.

One thought on “Running before we can walk

  1. I started off there thinking you were talking about football blogging!

    I used to always think of football as the perfect meritocracy, that is if you had talent you had a job and more to the point at the level you deserved, but although it’s better than many professions there is still a lot of luck involved with getting on the ladder and it also pays to know the right people – if not then how can players like Rickie Lambert or Stuart Pearce get overlooked for so long. If Lambert hadn’t signed for Saints when he did he’d be a journeyman lower-league striker that – until recently – everyone claimed he was. Pearce too captained England, but to begin with was working as a sparky whilst playing non-league.

    But back to blogging, or more to the point blogging and journalism. Any thoughts that blogs with the most hits, or the writers who have the most kudos on Twitter are the best there is just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Like anything else it’s a luck and contacts business and there’s a massive element of being in the right place at the right time and getting that one lucky break… though of course someone like Gary Lineker will claim that it’s an art itself to always being in the right place at the right time

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