In the last few days I’ve seen a lot of people on social networking sites and forums kicking up a big old fuss about the squad’s trip to Portugal. Many of the comments I’ve read from fans regarding the players trip have been negative. I wish I had a pound for every time I’ve read that “the players don’t deserve a holiday”.
Personally, I have no issue with the squad taking some time out and relaxing, although some seem to be overlooking the fact that Lambert has taken his players away for warm weather training. I think that there are a number of benefits of the group spending some time together abroad.
With the Villans out of the FA Cup and with no internationals scheduled, this is the first real time that this group of players (including January signings) have all had a chance to spend some time together outside of their working environment. I think the players can gain a lot from this experience: they’ll get to know each other and it could give the team a massive boost as a break will give them a great chance to rest and recover and come back full of energy for the final third of the season.
While they’ve been away the players have been uploading pictures and videos to Instagram. One that caught my eye was a video that Sylla uploaded. The video shows players riding buggies across sand dunes. Some of the responses to this video from fans were, in my opinion, beyond ridiculous. Fans were saying that the activity was irresponsible and were asking what would happen if the players got hurt.
The players are grown men, for crying out loud! You can clearly see that they are wearing seatbelts and safety helmets. They’re also not travelling at ridiculous speeds. If it wasn’t safe, I doubt the coaching staff would have let them do it.
Seriously, let the players have their fun and hopefully we will see them come back refreshed for the last stage of the season.