Why do you feel that way James?
My eye is taken out of the picture because of the bold diagonal line entering directly from the bottom corner of the frame and exiting the top corner of the frame my eye does not linger in the image. My attention feels divided. I think a stronger image could have been produced with these elements had the photographer stepped back a bit and framed it with a little more care or cropped it differently. As it stands the image does not work for me. No offence to Antonio.