The name of the Jamaican sports journalist must evoke something for you, since he is the first reporter to have revealed the links between Flemmings and Toulouse, in 2021. At the controls of « Reggae Boyz Commentary », his Youtube channel on Jamaican football which has more than 15,600 subscribers, Preston recently brought up the case of the left winger in a live.
An increasingly unstable place in the national team?
‘Flemmo’ is one of a handful of Jamaica internationals who have managed to find a club in Europe, albeit less than optimally utilized. Confined to the role of reservist since the start of his lease in Occitania (5 goals in 6 N3 games), the number 20 of the TFC has not been called up with the Reggae Boyz since June 2022: a real disappointment for him, who has yet participated in the qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar. Despite his 26 caps and 4 goals, the horizon is starting to darken. “I heard a lot of different opinions about this particular player: his impact, his value, his importance. It’s very varied. I heard people say that it was a fraud (…), that he didn’t deserve to be selected for the national team! », exclaims the journalist. Sacred atmosphere, while the next deadlines are fast approaching.
A sporting situation at an impasse in the Pink City
In the space of twelve months, the striker has not really had the opportunity to reveal himself in broad daylight in the purple jersey. After having participated in three matches in Ligue 2 last year, he has not yet played a single minute in Ligue 1, despite an appointment in the group against Montpellier (4-2). Despite the approaching Coupe de France, things are now clear: Flemmings is the last offensive cartridge in the hierarchy of Toulouse offensives (behind Birmancevic, Onaiwu and Begraoui). But then, what are the qualities that pushed Red Bird to enlist him for just under half a million euros? described as someone « appreciated by his teammates » by Philippe Montanier, the concern of the Toulousain seems more to concern his level than his acclimatization to France. For Preston, who relies on the coach’s statements at a press conference (see « read also »)ground truth takes precedence. “The coach said he had to work harder in training. Do you have to work on specific exercises or technique? The reality is that there is something to work on in particular (…). Given his training, he needs to work, it’s the reality of the situation and you can’t argue with such an observation. I’m just curious to know what exactly. »
Will his name shake the transfer window?
Two options are available to Flemmings: fight or find a way out. The purple club has never implied anything concerning a permanent departure of its player, even if Damien Comolli is considering a loan for this winter. “When you have 18 months left on your contract, you can start talking. Junior Flemmings wants and needs playing time, in Toulouse or elsewhere, to stand out and be part of the Jamaica team, in the CONCACAF Nations League and in the Gold Cup”,
admits the columnist. Still according to him, the Jamaican must at all costs stay on the Old Continent to continue his development, soon to be 27 years old. “It depends on the options. Mid-table in Ligue 2, or crossing the border into Switzerland to play in the Swiss Super League, that wouldn’t be a problem. It is crucial that he has playing minutes outside of North America, even if it is in Scotland, Switzerland or Germany. For me, he shouldn’t go to Ligue 2. Even if it’s an option because he’s in France, it doesn’t have to be that particular league. This could be for example the German D2, the two countries are close to each other”, he says. In the second hexagonal division, the right-hander passed by the New York Red Bulls, Pheonix and Legion however has a CV which would be likely to interest several teams. Simon Preston conceives it and concludes: « Ligue 2 is an option, I say it shouldn’t be the only option. We must ensure, whether it is a loan or a permanent transfer, that his next destination is an environment where he will have the playing time to flourish.
Jamaican netizens very divided over his fate
Within the Caribbean Garden, Flemmings’ performances are talked about. On the live, the reactions of the followers are not always tender towards the international: « When a coach says that a player has to work more in training, it means that he is lazy or that his attitude is not good », « he has always been one of our worst wingers », « Flemmo spent too much time in USL (American D2), it harmed his development and he is paying the consequences”, can we read on Youtube. The question of his future in the club is also reacting: comments are in favor of a French stay at a lower level (« Flemmo needs to go to Ligue 2 to strengthen »), while others want to see it land abroad (« he should have gone to MLS or the English league »). Faced with this skepticism, let’s leave the final word to this optimistic opinion of a supporter: “So much hatred towards Flemmo, he must be encouraged! Messi had a terrible first year (…), sometimes when a player is transferred, some need more time than others to adapt”.
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