Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Max Power

So the gamble was taken, and it was a wise move! As I suggested before the Altrincham game, it's time to give Chris Maxwell a shot, and he was the only good point in a depressing afternoon.

He might not be the biggest keeper, but he has a spring in his step and clearly has natural ability. Now we need to see if we can develop him without exposing him too soon! I'm sure he's shown enough to suggest to Dean Saunders that he's ready to be number two next season behind a new first choice goalie.

He's certainly confident enough-the way he dribbled past his man before clearing in the second half showed that, although it was an awfully dangerous thing to do and could have led to the sort of early accident which can wreck a career.

I'd rather focus on the important areas for any goalkeeper though. He was confident and aggressive in the air: he took every cross he came for, and came for every cross he could. That's what sorts the men from the boys in goal. I said in commentary that he'd already come for more crosses than Kevin Dearden did in his entire Wrexham career! Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but the point is he doesn't look like a keeper who's going to hide on his line and let others take responsibility. And let's be honest, that's what we need right now.

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