Monday, 19 January 2009

Random footie thoughts on a Monday evening

Bellamy. Phew. The last thing we wanted was a 29 year old injury prone player who is basically a Cardiff born version of Robbie Keane. Just a bit more angry and with more tattoos. Add to it, not prolific, not reliable and has discipline issues. Handy with golf club, mind. At least Robbie does cartwheels. Or did once upon a time. Kaka, Robinho......Bellamy. School boys own stuff. It's like a dream team from SI's Football Manager 2009.

Modric doesn't spend enough time in forward positions. I'm stating the obvious, aren't I? When he does, he's sublime. We saw it on Sunday when he played Defoe in with a decisive little bullet pass which led to the equaliser. So can we have more of the Modric of the final 30 or so minutes from now on, rather than the deep in midfield, fighting for every ball and attempting to gain possession version? Not that seeing him get stuck in is a bad thing (we need a bit of that), but a player of his quality should be maximised as much as possible for his strengths. Stay forward and create and conduct play and let Zokora do the donkey work and play the holding role. Oh. Right. Yes of course. Zokora. Our £8M gem of a DM. Who cares if he has a woeful first touch and can't pass. The dance! That dance! The one he does after the game if we win. HAHAHAHA, that Zokora, he so craaaaaaaazy.

Palacios doesn't want to leave Wigan apparently, as he's settled and probably fancies a bigger move in the summer. No disputing his form, but maybe this is fates way of telling Spurs they don't have to always splash out almost £15M on the player of the moment. Palacios has come out of nowhere (Birmingham reserves), and as we've seen in the past - not every flavour of the month lasts the distance.

As for Robbie Keane. What a waste up there. He should have known his limits and stayed with the little club in Lilywhite.

Cheeky bid?


spooky said...

Before anyone has a go, yes, Zokora did play half-decently against Pompey.

He gets a pass this time.

Which is more than he usually gives in 90 minutes.

Stoney said...

'Not every flavour of the month lasts the distance'. Isn't that why they're called 'flavour of the month'?

Anonymous said...

Zokora would have indeed got a C- if he didn't pass the ball back to a goal keeper who can neither run nor kick - Gomes looked as bemused as I was when the ball came back to him. Sorry Didier - another solid D performance.

Can we please play 4-5-1 on Wednesday with Zokora running about fouling people and Bentley and Huddlestone sitting in the middle pinging passes for Defoe to run onto (I think that Modric could do with a rest). Hmmm...please, yes? Burnley are gonna have to push on and attack so there should be plenty of room behind their back line. Lennon can support Defoe in attack. Surely even Spurs can defend a 4-1 playing 10 at the back?!

spooky said...

'Not every flavour of the month lasts the distance'. Isn't that why they're called 'flavour of the month'?

Aye. I'm subtle like that ;)

Jep said...

How can Palacios be worth £14M? Has he really don't THAT much in the space of a year to warrant such an increase in value?

West Stand Bagel said...

He is staying put.

Hurry up and offer Appiah that contract Levy.

Anonymous said...

Wilson Palacios is joining Spurs. He won't stay long but we'll get triple the money from Man U when they take him from us next year. When Zola said Bellamy wasn't "in the right frame of mind" to play for West Ham at the weekend, it sounded so familiar I got really worried about him joining us. Glad to hear he's become someone else's problem, though I think he's a nice lad really and quite a decent player.