Johnny Mullins on retirement :om report ...
It’s a familiar story but good to hear it again from Jamie in his own words.Brooks was earmarked to replace Robert Pires at Arsenal having agreed a move from Oxford - but he was never to fulfil his dreamwww.mirror.co.uk
Fantastic article. You'll always be loved at Oxford Jamie.It’s a familiar story but good to hear it again from Jamie in his own words.
When we talk of ‘most talented’ home grown players we tend to overlook Brooks. He only had one full season with us which was pretty miserable overall but good for him to when the Arsenal call came in. What happened to him was cruel and touch and go for a worryingly long time.
It was remarkable to see him back on the pitch but he never looked the same. The pace he had was extinguished and he never looked sharp, always looking like a rusty player returning to fitness.
Regardless of that, his health should always come first and it’s great to know he’s doing well now and has his mental health in check too. Having that opportunity taken away would challenge anyone. If Joey is the #1 ‘what might’ve been’ for us in having a career that could have gone further, Brooks is second to him but for altogether different reasons.
Heartbreaking.Brooks was earmarked to replace Robert Pires at Arsenal having agreed a move from Oxford - but he was never to fulfil his dreamwww.mirror.co.uk
Atkins used to play young forwards in defence at times when the opposition had an experienced forward in the side, so that the youngster could see up close how the other guy moved and positioned himself in different situations.I counted 45, including as a loanee. But with all that scrolling, I could be wrong.
Didn't realise that he was with us that long & is still playing.
Atkins wanted to convert him into a defender and I think he played that role in the friendly against Chelsea.
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