Reality Check And A Taxi For Luke Chambers
Sometimes footballers say the stupidest things and living proof of that comes today from Forest defender and club captain Luke Chambers, in an article he's done for the NEP.
Whilst Chambers wisely warns that many of the out of contract players could walk away from the club for nothing over the summer if new owners are not found, he appears to be suffering from delusions of grandeur when it comes to his own personal situation.
Luke Chambers was signed by Colin Calderwood in 2007 from Northampton Town and won a reputation for being a player who played with his heart on his sleeve and a fair amount of passion. He won the Player of the Year Award last season, after being frozen out of the side in the previous one under Billy Davies. What he lacked in ability, he more than made up for by blaming other people for his mistakes, or blatantly refusing to admit his own in the press, on TV or on BBC Radio Nottingham.
In Chambers' defence, he was often played out of position at right back. It's probably harsh to be too critical of his performances in his less favoured position and he did deservedly make the centre half spot his own last year, following the loss of Kelvin Wilson to Celtic. He had a good season last term and went along way to proving his critics wrong.
Unfortunately for Chambers, he failed to improve, build on or even match the performances of last year and has had a torrid time in the heart of the defence for the entire 2011/12 campaign. He appears to have forgotten about how he almost single handedly lost us the home game against Birmingham City, where he had a hand to play in all 3 Birmingham goals. It's been an error strewn season for the 26 year old, but he seems to have the belief that he can play at a higher level.
After almost an entire season playing his football near the bottom of the Championship table and being one of those largely responsible for us doing so, Chambers said. 'I do not want to be playing down at the bottom of the division. I am used to playing in big, important matches where there are far more positive things at stake. I am not saying our games were not important, they were, because we wanted to stay in the division. But I am at the age where I want to be playing at the highest level I can.'