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An Interesting question.

I listened to a debate yesterday that piqued my interest and my curiosity. The participants, Peter Scaad and Marc Weber, were discussing the Philadelphia match and the role that current "master of evil" Jun Marques Davidson played in the result. They posited that not only is Jun Marquis Davidson unpopular with Whitecaps fans but the role of defensive midfielder is also unloved by the great unwashed. Davidson does seem to polarize the fans, the media and, according to Weber, some within the Whitecaps' organization itself but this opprobium is, in my opinion, largely unmerited. JMD has made mistakes and had bad games which seem to have made him a lightning rod for criticism but, his totally inexcusable moment of sheer madness last Saturday aside, he has, on the whole, had no more frequent poor performances or made any more egregious errors than anybody else on the squad. So is the attitude towards Davidson rooted in an inherent dislike of his defensive midfield role? I can't imagine why. The Whitecaps as an organization are a work in progress. Surely we can safely anticipate that the level of play that we see on a weekly basis will be higher next year or five or ten years down the road as the side and the league raise playing standards but, at the moment, there are going to be matches in which the coaching staff will feel that their best eleven are going to be hard pressed, particularly away from the comfy confines of BCPlace. Is it unreasonable to see a defensive midfielder as an instrument to relieve some of the pressure on the back line? I think not. Surely it is more a matter of identifying the matches where that type of defensive cover will be required and games in which a more positive, aggressive stance would be more productive. In my mind, the jury is still deliberating on the value of JMD as an individual player for the Whitecaps but I see a definite place going forward for the role that he plays. On selected occasions. So, I wonder, is Jun Marquis Davidson the problem or is the defensive midfielder role the problem? Any thoughts on that?


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