Ellery Balcombe

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Completely pointless loan, and really poor from Burton Albion. Surely they would’ve told us before they took him what his role would be? Total waste of half a season for Ellery.
 

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Must be very undermining for him, pointless loan where he plays only in the cup. Surely Burton would assure us he would get League game time? Would be better for him to be sent to a League 2 team and get a full 90 every week and get his confidence up, or a League 1 team if they can promise him time between the sticks
 
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Let’s not get too up ourselves. He went there because Burton had an ex-Brentford goalkeeping coach.

No one gets a guarantee of game time. He has to perform and from what I have heard EB didn’t.

You can’t blame Burton for not playing him when they have someone who’s patently better.
 

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Been recalled from his loan
What a waste of time that has been. So much in the hands of chance. He needed a run of games and to end up at a club where the other keeper is clearly worse / ill / injured or whatever. Sure the folks at the top believed he would get game time but he hasn't. Half a season wasted which at his age is a big big loss. It seems increasingly apparent that he is surplus to requirements at BCS and he really needed to be in a shop window to prove he can become a senior FL keeper somewhere. What a shame...
 

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Must be very undermining for him, pointless loan where he plays only in the cup. Surely Burton would assure us he would get League game time? Would be better for him to be sent to a League 2 team and get a full 90 every week and get his confidence up, or a League 1 team if they can promise him time between the sticks
I agree to an extent but they aren't going to play him unless they think he's better than the other options and they obviously don't which is a concern at this stage in his career.
 

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Let’s not get too up ourselves. He went there because Burton had an ex-Brentford goalkeeping coach.

No one gets a guarantee of game time. He has to perform and from what I have heard EB didn’t.

You can’t blame Burton for not playing him when they have someone who’s patently better.
He didn’t play a single game outside the Papa John’s Trophy. He joined them in July and spent their first 6 league games on the bench before he even played a cup game.
 

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Must be very frustrating for him at this stage of his career, his reputation would not have been enhanced by this loan. No idea where he goes next but could be national league or below to try and get decent senior first team experience.
 

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I agree to an extent but they aren't going to play him unless they think he's better than the other options and they obviously don't which is a concern at this stage in his career.
I would think he would be one of the better, if not the best keeper in L2 and a decent keeper in L1. He had a few very good games with Donny last season, especially in that FA Cup where he saved 2 penalties. I would have thought there would be 1 or 2 in League 1 that would want him, but whether he performs or not is a different matter, his confidence must be shot, feel sorry for the guy really
 

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Didn't he also get overtaken by both the Boreham Wood and Doncaster keepers during his loans there as well?

Have not seen enough of his game to comment on strengths/weaknesses but clearly needs minutes
 

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Didn't he also get overtaken by both the Boreham Wood and Doncaster keepers during his loans there as well?

Have not seen enough of his game to comment on strengths/weaknesses but clearly needs minutes
He got overtaken for a while by Louis Jones at Donny, only for a few games as I think they wanted to get Jones minutes, he is a very good keeper and I believe is seen as a very big prospect at Donny, but yes he wasn't first choice all season
 

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The criticism of Burton is unwarranted, IMO.

Plenty of times in the past we took players on loan from PL clubs who didn't have the impact we'd hoped for and therefore didn't get much game time and ended up being recalled.
 

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Really can't see him making it here so might be time for him to look for a permanent move elsewhere to get games and maybe build back up the leagues
 

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I'd even sell him. He's not going to get breakthrough here and doesn't fit our style of play. Hasn't had great loan moves
 

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I am afraid that I was being factious! I have not seen him play for years, however, I doubt that he is 'Sellable' potential or not.
I agree, think he has it in him to go further than he has, not sure if he will ever become good enough to challenge for our #1 but I think he still has a good potential
 

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I am afraid that I was being factious! I have not seen him play for years, however, I doubt that he is 'Sellable' potential or not.
..........now you're being facetious................
 

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Isn’t it about time we stick or twist with this lad. Succession of ropey loans now.
 

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Not exactly last chance saloon but if he doesn't make a bit of a a name for himself there I am not sure where he goes to then.
 

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Well their manager is Andy Woodman who was a goalkeeper so may bring out the best (or worst) in him.
 

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Has Bromley’s keeper got injured or something? If not I imagine this will be another loan where he may not even start, they’re 4th currently!
 

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Keeper Reice Charles-Cook has left Bromley.

Mark Cousins has been their regular 1st team keeper this season so would appear that Balcombe is back up.
 
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For me a GK only develops with game time and yes might be low level but game time is massive. Different from other positions level of qaulity probably had more affect on outfield players.
 

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So frustrating for the lad all this bench warming. Hard to swallow but he needs to get signed by a something like a National League North/South side and a guaranteed start. Bring himself to notice and start climbing the ladder a la Pinnock.
 

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Three years on his contract left so we’re stuck.
WOW!! and err HOW!!? Nowhere he goes sees much in him and yet we have...consistently, he’s been here nearly a decade and has made 1 appearance in a squad.
 

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WOW!! and err HOW!!? Nowhere he goes sees much in him and yet we have...consistently, he’s been here nearly a decade and has made 1 appearance in a squad.
I found it a strange decision at the time.
 

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Keeper Reice Charles-Cook has left Bromley.

Mark Cousins has been their regular 1st team keeper this season so would appear that Balcombe is back up.
No way, Balcombe should easily be better than a national league keeper
 
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