Fofana Needs Time Not Pressure
Mo Fofana has understandably suffered a lapse in form but the pressure is mounting on the lad to deliver with fans cries for him to start probably doing him more harm than good.
Vic Erzantarz chews the cud
Mo, a native French speaker, earned a one year extension after some bright performances in a hit and miss first season for both his good self and the Imps last term. He deserved a new deal, possibly more as a versatile defensive squad player, but, with so many other midfielders in the side the work horse was going to have to be at his best in order to get a regular starting place as a centre-half, right-back or defensive midfielder. Mo has therefore not been cast aside and recently got an opportunity against Gainsborough, however his confidence and display on the night showed that he is currently a shadow of what he can be when he is at the top of his game. At this level players cannot be expected to show the consistency of the pros plying their trade further up the pyramid. If they could Lincoln would be counting the luca and wishing them well for the future.
Ratings (last 10 games)
Fofana’s early season form was a credit to his desire and tenacious tackling but his right foot bias and inexperience puts him behind two-footed or left-footed players when it comes to playing to the left of Nolan. Foster was certainly far from his best on Saturday, but he was replacing Nolan with Todd Jordan to his left. Jordan is two-footed but he is much stronger on his left peg and has played well. In a crowded midfield moving the ball from your left to right foot allows your opponent to rob you as well as making it easier to beat you when going past with the ball at his feet.
It is a frustration for fans, but to rush Mo back into a slot that will further erode his confidence would be the wrong move at the moment. With the side struggling for consistency it will also add pressure to our 25 year old hero and maybe even further add to what has seen him suffer the lapse in form that the team are also trying to overcome. Todd Jordan meanwhile was a stand-out performer against Worcester laying on a brilliant ball for Tomlinson to head home to ease the tension and set-up the plum Plymouth tie. He has made the step up from the NPL and is going from strength to strength yet become a target for a small section of fans, despite some brave performances of his own and a hernia condition to boot.
|FULL NAME||Mamadou Fofana|
|DATE OF BIRTH||7 January 1988 (age 25)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sarcelles, France|
|HEIGHT||6 ft 1 in (1.81 m)|
|WEIGHT||12st 4lbs (78.2kg)|
|POSITION: CD / DM / CM|
|CURRENT CLUB||Lincoln City / 1 year deal|