Hallgrimsson Wants To Protect ‘Whisper’ From Critics2 min read
The coach insisted that there is no point of putting a 17-year-old in a must-win game for Jamaica. Hallgrimsson said that the 17-year-old is the future of Jamaica and he shouldn’t be pressured to deliver right now
Jamaican national coach Heimir Hallgrimsson has come out to shield Dujuan Richards from the unrealistic expectations that come from playing for Jamaica.
Hallgrimsson has excluded ‘Whisper’ from his latest squad to face Mexico on Sunday. Many fans have been putting pressure on Richards after he signed for European giants Chelsea FC. Hallgrimsson said that the 17-year-old is the future of Jamaica and he shouldn’t be pressured to deliver right now. The coach insisted that the omission doesn’t mean that Richards isn’t good enough.
Hallgrimsson picked an experienced squad to face off against Mexico in the Concacaf Nations League.
Hallgrimsson retained seven players who played against Trinidad and Tobago. The 23-man squad also included faces that have missed the last few camps.
Richards came on as a substitute in a 1-0 loss against T&T before featuring in a 0-0 draw. He stood out as one of the biggest goal-threats on the pitch. The coach said that he had decided to give the young man some time to concentrate on his move to Chelsea. He insisted that he expects the striker to benefit by staying away from the limelight. He revealed that Whisper is still eligible for another call up in the future.
The coach insisted that there is no point of putting a 17-year-old in a must-win game for Jamaica. He simply doesn’t want to shatter the young man’s confidence.
The Jamaican players are expected to travel to travel to Mexico City for Sunday’s clash against Mexico. The Boyz are currently training in Montego Bay in a camp that will last for a week.