Bristol City Manager Explains Adomah’s Bench Role

Posted On Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Albert Adomah has lost his starting place at Bristol City

Albert Adomah has lost his starting place at Bristol City

Bristol City manager Sean O’Driscoll says Albert Adomah’s limited attributes makes it difficult for him to be started in games. 

Many have questioned O’Driscoll’s decision to drop probably City’s most exciting and proven effective player on the bench since he arrived in January.

The situation has further fuelled speculations the 25-year-old will be sold at the end of the season where The Reds are on the brink of relegation.

Adomah was on international duty with Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nation during the time O’Driscoll was appointed.

The ex Nottingham Forest manager has since changed the team’s tactics which initially proved effective as City became extremely difficult to beat.

Recent games have however seen the side’s relegation dogfight get more intense and with Adomah starting just two games under the new boss, the fans are up in arms again over O’Driscoll’s stance on the Ghana international.

But the 55-year-old explains his decision to leave out Adomah is informed by the player’s lack of options in what he offers on the field of play.

”Albert is a difficult one, because you almost have to play him without giving him any responsibility,” he said.

”If he scores a goal or wins you a penalty, then there is an argument to do it. But if those things don’t happen, then there is not.

“He has got a difficult job. if he is going to be a match-winner, then we have to make sure we do not ask him to do difficult things.

“But it is difficult to free up that type of player when a team is where this team is.

“Albert is not one who can play a completely free role and he does not particularly enjoy playing as a second striker.

”He likes to play on the right-hand side and get the ball and run with it. He is really good at it, but everybody else has to adjust because of it and that is the difficulty.”