Friday, April 29, 2005

Players not bringing the goods

Easily top of the list is Aston Villa’s Juan Pablo Angel. It has been a season of penultimate chance wasting.

Lauren Robert gets a nod in second spot; he’s definitely at a low point in his career. Another talented player mired in his own head games. He’d do better to pipe down, take free kicks and put in good crosses.

Milan Baros is third because he’s another one wasting easy chances. He does the hard bit, then, eh, it always seems to putter out. It makes people stand up, but doesn’t bring song from those who do not walk alone. No score sheet, music, nothing. It's like a carrot in front of a horse, Chez Rep, great, and Liverpool FC waits and waits.

Ronaldo has slowed significantly and because of his weight seems to be football's version of the NBA's Shaquille O’Neal.

In Italy, Alessandro Del Piero continues to merit a place whilst playing form that resembles day open sparkling water dribbles on the field.

Lee Carsley has not made an impact with the vacancy Tomas Gravesen left at Everton. He’s held the position but hasn’t added that extra that made the early season Everton more interesting to watch. Shame because this has been a golden chance on a good side and now Everton are set to spend on the position.

Guti, with chance after chance at Real Madrid, has not shown the superstar qualities the ‘Madridlenos’ seem to demand. Part of it is because he is played out of position all the time, but he also hasn’t seen he would probably do better at another club as have many, many former Madrid players. It’s all in making the climb down for the sake of the career and he doesn’t seem willing.

Ruud van Nistelrooy, not because of talent, but because he must be the most constantly injured player in Europe; I’d love to play behind him at United because I’d get most of the season.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your criticism of Ronaldo is a tad specious. How do explain his 17 goals this season, most of them telling contributions? The 'fat one' is still a class act.

5/01/2005 8:00 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

you wrote: "Ronaldo has slowed significantly and because of his weight seems to be football's version of the NBA's Shaquille O’Neal."

by this do you mean that he is still by far the most dominent player in the entire sport - if so you are correct, if not then you are missing out on a great player to watch who clearly still "has it"

5/05/2005 8:47 PM  
Blogger Jallal said...

While I may agree on virtually all the players you talked about, I'm very surprised to hear that Guti has been out of shape this season. I think, behind Cassillas, he is the best player of Real Madrid this season. It's not only my opinion but that of all the media backing Real (Marca, As). The fact that he isn't a regular first choice has to do with his non-Galactico status.


5/13/2005 3:57 AM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Hey guys....

Regarding Ronaldo, man, compare him now to his last games at PSV Eindhoven and at Barca, there is a marked difference. And every player slows down with time, but his marked difference is bigger than most. The other point is look at players with longevity like Teddy Sheringham or Dennis Bergkamp, they take excellent care in the latter years. Old Ron does not in my opinion.

Guti, well, I dont know, he does many things well, but nothing great. Dont get me wrong, hes a good player, but he's never shone at Mardrid, taken over a game, etc. Thats what he should move on, he'd get more recognition. Look at Diego Forlan.

5/13/2005 5:20 PM  

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