I was very happy with the performance today! Even away from home to a team that had a ruthless thug up front, to play the way we did was special.
Perhaps - I don't mean to belittle what he went through, I'm just not sure how exactly it would have affected his form. I actually thought he played quite well last season but his form was affected more due to not playing regularly imo.
I only ask because we fans often turn into amateur psychologists as we ponder the reasons why certain players lose form. E.g. Roo's form was believed to be partly due to his marital issues, etc.
Having never played professional football I can't speak sensibly about what can and can't affect a player's form at that level. However, my own form has fluctuated over the last 20-30 years and I can't honestly say that I always know why that is...and that's my own form I'm talking about, let alone someone else's! All I can say for sure is that my form is most affected by fitness, injuries and whether or not I am playing regularly. These things have always had a far bigger impact on my own form than family issues, women issues, career issues, etc.
I would have thought that, if Ando was that shaken up by his accident that it affected his form over the course of a season, then he probably would not be picked to play in the first place until he got over it after a period of rest and/or therapy....Just speculating though.
Yeah, it wasn't so much, that the crash was a reason for his lack of form, just a factor, that may or may not have contributed, like you said we can become amateur psychologists. It was more of a case of, he's been through a bit, injuries etc. So, a few bad performance shouldn't be seen as him being a bad player, just simply a dip. I also, think he played well last season, but many other fans didn't.
As for Rooney, considering he was pretty much fit all season, and was played regularly, except that period just after the world cup, his lack of form, I believe was more down to the affair issue than anything else.