Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge has been under fire of late, but is it time for a change?
In Etheridge and Alex Smithies, Cardiff have two quality goalkeepers. The former though has come under some strong criticism from fans this season, and some feel that Neil Harris needs to make a change.
Smithies came in for Etheridge when he picked up a hamstring injury in the opening game of the season at Wigan and did a good job – many felt there was no need to drop the 29-year-old.
But the Filipino stopper strolled back into the first-team upon recovery, and has since kept three clean sheets in 16 appearances – Smithies kept as many clean sheets in only ten games.
Etheridge was rested for Cardiff’s 2-2 FA Cup Third Round draw with Carlisle last weekend, with Smithies coming into the team.
So is it time for Etheridge to be dropped, and will Smithies be able to come in and make a difference? It’s the Welsh derby this weekend, and Harris has some difficult decisions to make ahead of it.
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Here’s what Cardiff fans had to say on Facebook:
Brad Eckley: ‘Etheridge is better but Smithies, when he played, kept us in a lot of games. Not saying Etheridge hasn’t but it was unfair to drop Smithies.’
Mark Reed: ‘Yes he should.’
Andy Humphries: ‘Yes Smithies back in the first-team, drop Etheridge into U23’s, get some kicking lessons and how to command his six-yard box. In other words back to basics!’
Anthony Jenkins: ‘Without doubt.’
Ash Price: ‘Yes, from what we saw in the canton Smithies is more vocal with the defence, commands his six-yard box better than Etheridge and his distribution is miles better.’
Robert Hodson: ‘100%.’
Mark Evans: ‘(Smithies) didn’t deserve to be dropped in the first place.’