“If he’s any good, why haven’t Celtic or Rangers signed him?”, I’ve got to be honest, that was my response when we brought Liam Lindsay to South Yorkshire last summer. I’m not afraid to hold my hands up when it comes to being wrong, certainly when it means a player is doing well for my team. It’s quite a cynical response but I couldn’t be more pleased that he seems to have slipped through the net of the Glasgow giants, for now at least.
We all believe to some extent that footballers are invincible and live lavish, stress free lifestyles with more girlfriends than problems. However, they can face stress, anxiety, fear and doubt on a regular basis just the same as you and me. It is easy to forget that every year thousands of players face the harsh reality of being told that their services are no longer needed and that their club is going to release them. How would you feel? Imagine how disheartening it would be for you to walk into your workplace only to be told; "sorry we don't want you anymore" or "we can't afford to keep you". This can be reality for some of us on occasion but the majority of football players in Scotland face this sort of challenge every single year. Former Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock, Ayr and Falkirk player Conrad Balatoni is now, like many other footballers, facing the prospect of unemployment and has to decide whether to continue to chase his dream or move into the supposed 'real world'. Pure Fitbaw spoke to Balatoni in an attempt to understand what it's like to be a football free agent.
Here, we take a quick, radar based, look at how David Milinkovic, Brandon Barker and some of the other wide attackers at clubs outwith the Old Firm performed in the league last season. While this isn't a direct comparison as the individuals included may perform very different roles for their clubs, and in fact at times may not have played as wide attackers, it is certainly interesting to see what a player has contributed and highlight some areas in which things could have gone better. We've excluded Celtic and Rangers players and their stats because both of those clubs' attackers outperformed the other players in the division so significantly but there are good players outwith the Glasgow giants who deserve recognition. Look out for some conclusions at the bottom of the page and add your own to the conversation by contacting Pure Fitbaw on Twitter.