I keep seeing people say that Veron is injury prone and he keeps getting injured. Am I missing something here? He was injured at the start of 2016, was rushed back and got hurt in his first game back. Then missed almost 2 months and that was it for 2016. He came back didn't get hurt again for the rest of the year. In 2017 he got hurt in the CCL game, took a long time to get back but knock on wood he's been fine. So where did this narrative of him continuously getting hurt come from? How and why am I seeing people say that he comes back for a few games then gets reinjured? That's literally never happened. But that seems to be a thing surrounding Veron and people in this fan base. Narratives and storylines have been created with basically nothing to support it. It's really odd.
I also keep hearing people say that he's had chances. That's perhaps the most interesting thing, because I often wonder what are these chances people talk about. Since he came here in 2015 he has yet to start 2 games in a row. In fact, he's yet to play more than 60 minutes two games in a row. A real "chance" would be to give him a run of games. He's an expensive investment and this is MLS. You start your DPs. It's really that simple. What's funny is people are quick to say, "you have to earn that spot". Well, he did, but he got hurt. What other DP on this team would not get their spot back immediately after coming back from injury when they're healthy enough? We've had countless players this year, big players at that like Kljestan, play terribly. Yet where are people saying he's worthless and needs to go? If he got hurt and came back, he'd plug right back into the starting XI the moment he was healthy enough to. But, Veron, who is a DP, **crickets**. Grella was out for a while too with an injury that's literally not going to get better. It's a bone deformity, so at best he'll just be able to manage the paint. But you better believe Grella is already back getting significant minutes and starts again. Again, it's really odd.
But going back to the "chances thing". Even when he has done well in his little chances he was rewarded by going back to the bench. It happened quite a few times last year. Last year he started against Portland. In that game, he created more statistical chances than literally the entire RBNY attack combined, 2 of those chances were spoon fed to I believe Grella and BWP. His reward was the bench the next game. Even that next game against Orlando he did come in as a late game sub and yet again created a few chances in that short time. His reward? The bench the next game and a pathetic 10 minute sub after that. Like 2 games later he was subbed in for BWP against LA where he scored and played VERY well that game. His reward, benched the next FOUR games, 3 of which he was a sub as a 90th minute time waster. His next start was against DCU where he again scored. His reward, benched and unused. He actually got an assist at one of the CCL games in between that period I believe. Again, his reward? Benched and late game sub for basically the rest of the regular season. Playoff time comes and he was the offensive spark late in that first leg. Was he perfect in those games he did well? No. But he's not Messi, far from it. Miles away from it. He's going to have bad moments, but ffs he had good to very good games and was always rewarded with the bench.
This year he had that awful game against SKC along with the 10 other players but somehow he was singled out and thrown under the bus. He had a decent game in the short 7 minutes against Toronto. So for me, he's barely had real "chances" because he's yet to get a solid run of games, which is something I think literally every other MLS team would do for their investment in their DP. Yet, despite his few chances, even when he did have good moments and games he was consistently rewarded with the bench. Maybe it was that garbage unbeaten run that Jesse was blinded by that he didn't want to break. Maybe it's that he's not a great defending attacker (neither is Grella btw but that never stopped Grella from getting minutes). I don't know. I've been following this team since the old Giants stadium days and I've never been this miffed at the shit surrounding a player from both the team and fan perspectives. It's truly odd and at this point I'd be happy for him to leave. He deserves better.