A lot of people are growing impatient with Diego Rubio. We all need to just calm down a little bit.
Diego Rubio joined Sporting KC just six weeks ago when fans were desperate for someone to replace the attacking options lost without Krisztian Nemeth. Peter Vermes doesn’t want people making that comparison.
“Everybody has these ideas,” Vermes told reporters after Wednesday morning’s training session. “Listen, that player isn’t here any more. I don’t think that way. I just don’t think that way. We’re not here to replace anybody. We’re here to put a team together, and right now we wanted to add another forward. Thus far, he’s done well. Whether he’s going to be here at the end of the loan, I don’t know yet.”
To be fair, Vermes has seen much to know if he should keep Rubio. That hasn’t stopped fans from crying for him to be released and replaced. Every game he appears in and doesn’t score a goal the cries grow louder.
As of today, Rubio has just 82 minutes across four appearances. 57 of those minutes came in a start against Colorado (his first). In that game he was without many of the typical starters Sporting KC would put on the field (Benny Feilhaber, Soni Mustivar, Brad Davis and of course Dom Dwyer). I personally think fans are asking for a ton from Rubio for having less than a games worth of time on the pitch.
Other players play for 90 full minutes all the time and disappear for huge stretches. In his limited time Rubio has had exciting plays, earned a penalty kick and just generally been where he should be to make things happen. The goals will come. Dom Dwyer is Sporting’s leading scorer and he’s scoring .54 goals per 90-minutes. To be equal with Dwyer he has about 90 plus minutes before he needs to score a goal and no one is asking him to be equal to the teams leading goal scorer (or shouldn’t be). Vermes sure isn’t.
“He’s done well, when he’s come in,” Vermes said. “He’s given an injection to the team when he comes on the field. I thought the game that he started at home, I thought he was a little too hungry to score, and it kind of took him out of his game a little bit. Every time he comes in, I think he gets a little more used to what we’re trying to do.”
So if you are currently pouting about Rubio’s performance in just 82 minutes of soccer, calm down. Now if he gets over 200 minutes and he hasn’t assisted, scored or at least generate a spark when he comes on, then we can talk. Today he only got five minutes on the field. He really needs to be coming in with 15 to 20 minutes to go to get a chance to find his groove.