Eels better off without Sandow: Sterlo

Chris Sandow should never play for Parramatta again after another below-par effort against Canterbury on Friday night, says Eels great Peter Sterling.

Sterling was highly critical of Sandow’s effort in the 28-4 loss, accusing him of failing to try.

The Eels premiership winner was asked on Channel Nine’s Sunday Footy Show if Parramatta coach Brad Arthur should play Sandow in the No.7 Eels jersey ever again.

“No,” he replied.

“I’ve been a critic of Chris for a long time now, he’s easy to fall in love with when we see what he can do on a football field,” Sterling said.

“Obviously I can show you, I’ll put together clips of the things people don’t see, what he doesn’t do in games, and the defence he comes up with.

“You cannot be responsible for setting up two smashing tries, but then be directly responsible for conceding three.

“And I’ve said so many times, the difference between Chris’s good games and his not-so-good games, and there are too many of those, is too vast a gulf.

“In the NRL, if you have a No. 7 on your jersey you’ve got to be 7.5 (out of 10), at worst, every week. And that’s where Chris has struggled.

“The first things that a coach has to do when looking at a player is ask the question ‘can I win with him?’

“I think Chris Sandow has shown that Parramatta struggle to win with him and they are better off apart. How that’s facilitated, well that remains to be seen.”

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