Conor Ripley - Yes or No? in The opinions4u Terraces - Latics Forum Posted April 29, 2017 In sports science terms a number of skills that a goalkeeper requires and challenges they face are far more closed than an outfield player so there is a degree of sense in the assertion that a goalkeepers performance can be analysed more effectively at a lower level. However ironically the key challenges that a goalkeeper faces can be inactivity, environment and insecurity about their role that they generally don't face in a struggling League 1 side. Ripley has been top draw for us and will get an opportunity with Boro (Or Villa or any one of a number of Championship clubs who have looked at him this year). Whether he can excel at that level or above with the challenges and greater quality around him time will tell. Good luck to him and as he has been fantastic for us I suspect we have been for him. Playing behind Clarke in particular must have been an education and the obvious respect between the pair speaks volumes for his potential.