He butchers the ball so muchI have a theory that Shaw is frustrated with him and sees more potential in Jared that isn’t being tapped. Some small things of late that may be nothing or may be a pattern:
named on bench the other week
started on Cripps yesterday
after kicking a goal yesterday he tried to rotate off, looked frustrated at not getting a rest. Cut to Shaw in the box shaking his head, Polec doesn’t get a rest.
I reckon Shaw is challenging him to step up in all areas: particularly onfield leadership and doing the defensive things as consistently as the offensive. IMO he’s close to our most important attacking player and it’s not about quashing that but rather challenging him to become a more complete player.
FWIW I really like Polec but he frustrates me with some efforts that look cursory - this can be the case with smoother movers but he makes some dumb errors for such a skilful player. I think he can take another step and I hope that Shaw does too, and that he is dishing out a bit of tough love. Polec will play for us for another 6/7 years at least, he’s not gonna develop a right foot but he could certainly improve in lots of little areas.