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Re: Player of the year
I thought you'd be surprised - I like to keep you all guessing! Like I say, it's ...
I thought you'd be surprised - I like to keep you all guessing!
Like I say, it's not for ability as such, but the mental attitude, it's the old 'if everyone put as much into is as Zokora does' thing. He's the only player who's seemed fully focussed and consistent to me, but as I say he's not the most gifted which is what the award would lean more towards.
While Zok'd be my choice on that criteria, I think I'll go for Corluka on this; mainly for playing well when the rest of the team wasn't and for staying brave in the face of abuse from the goalie!
Re: He's back...
Thanks Rambr0, I had forgotten that! I think you're right about the 4-5-1, although y...
Thanks Rambr0, I had forgotten that!
I think you're right about the 4-5-1, although you missed Lennon out of your midfield suggestions there... I'm going to guess Jenas, Palacios, Lennon, Modric, and one of Hudd or Zokora, although if Bentley's been playing well I wouldn't be surprised to see him get a run - he's always up for the big games, it just depends on his mindset and how he's playing.
On Bentley, I know we've all been (quite rightly) slating him, but he's not a bad player overall. I wonder what these 'personal problems' that have affected his form are, and if Redknapp's brought any of it back yet. I don't imagine him leaving in the summer (perhaps Jan if he still can't get a game), it'd be interesting to see how he'd do (and if he'd fit in?) if he was back at his best.
And Yid, I don't remember when we last beat them (I've just looked it up, it was 20 March 2004), but we've managed 0-0 draws after 90 mins this season, the FA Cup was a reduced strength team (perhaps not massively, but it was noticably reduced) and they only just beat us, and out of all the top 4 they're the ones I'd most want to face after this week. For the last 2 or 3 seasons we've been very very unlucky with our results against them, tending to lost when on balance of play you'd think we deserved a win, so I don't think it's unrealistic to go for at least a point out of it.
However, we've got Newcastle to go first...
This surprises me as much as you, but I reckon Fulham'll get 7th - they're 2 point...
This surprises me as much as you, but I reckon Fulham'll get 7th - they're 2 points clear atm, and have Newcastle and Everton left. You've got to assume 3 points against Newcastle, & Everton'll have nothing left to play for.
Meanwhile, we've got Man City & L'pool (if I'm optimistic - which I am - I'll say City win, pool draw: 4 points), City have Utd tomorrow, then us and Bolton (I'll say 4 points - 1 tomorrow & 3 at Bolton), and West Ham have Liverpool today, then Everton and Middlesborough (I'll say tops 4 points - mid win, poss everton draw).
Which would mean it'd finish Fulham 7th, us 8th, West Ham 9th & Citeh 10th.
So close... I really thought we'd do it. Still, if we do win next week I'm sure I'll be convinced we'll hammer Liverpool; we've already beaten them 2-1 & 4-2, I'd be happy with a 6-3 to end the season!
Re: who's leaving....who's in.....
Apparently we're looking to sign Garry Barry (he really should've been called that...
Apparently we're looking to sign Garry Barry (he really should've been called that). Two questions:
1) Why would we want him? Surely we've got enough players to cover the sorts of positions he plays well in.
2) why would he want to come to us? He (allegedly) only wants to leave Villa for CL football, and we're highly unlikely to even get Europa next year, where's the logic??
Silly rumours, that's the sort of signing Comolli would go for.
Re: They think their getting Keano.....
I think I'd take it... not sure. On his return he played well and lifted us a bit when...
I think I'd take it... not sure. On his return he played well and lifted us a bit when the team wasn't playing as a team, but since then he's been sporadic at best and seems to be ashamed to be playing for a team that's beneath him.
On the other hand, I suspect Bent's off, losing him as well will be a bloody nightmare (unless we get someone like Crouch in who already has a playing relationship in with one of our strikers and has played with some of the midfielders).
Seems to me he has no interest in Spurs anymore and he's not got a long term future with us, but (and it sticks in my throat to say it) I suspect it'll be the lesser of two evils for us both to keep him for at least another season.
Re: Who's going To Keep Score
They don't need to outright make things up this year, they know that when he's goo...
They don't need to outright make things up this year, they know that when he's good & ready 'Arry'll throw them as couple of morsels to fight over and cover the back pages with, better all round if they focus on the likes of Utd now and pick up on us when they definitely won't get sued.
Re: modric....bad news
Terrible news, bloody nightmare. Still, this is why we've got the squad, who would you...
Terrible news, bloody nightmare. Still, this is why we've got the squad, who would you bring in now and how would you alter the formation?
The problem as I see it is the games we've got coming. If we had the last 3 matches again I'd go 4-3-3, with Keane dropping back a bit, but that's risky against Utd & at Stamford Bridge.
I'm torn about bringing in Bentley... on the one hand he's not looked sharp or particularly dedicated when he's played recently, on the other we all know he's a big game player, perhaps bringing him into these matches is what he'd need to get him back on track, and would be good for the team.
Is Jenas still injured? He'd be the logical choice if he's fit. Ordinarily if Modric got injured I'd call for O'Hara to come into the team, but none of him, Lennon and Hudd have both leadership skills and significant first team experience, so that's no good...
I'm reluctant to solve the problems by dipping into the transfer market and getting some overpriced, average player as a panic buy, we do have a strong squad and it'd be good if we could solve the problem by using it.
No, I think you're right Kentish, but I don't think he did particularly well there...
No, I think you're right Kentish, but I don't think he did particularly well there... 'Arry also let Chimbonda go at RB (another one to add to Fazed's list). Rambr0, I checked the website earlier, unless Dervite (I thought we sold him ages ago!) has suddenly developed an amazing talent on the flank Corluka's our only RB with a squad number at the moment.
The only thing I can think of, which I can't remember if I said earlier, is that maybe he's decided Bale's done so well at filling in he wants to have a go at playing him & BAE on either side? Trouble is, I can't imagine either of them being particularly effective on the right.
It seems particularly odd given the upcoming fixture congestion I was whining about a couple of days ago... when Corluka's form dips often one or two games out does him the world of good
(much faster than most other players, one exception being Bassong), but there's no chance of that now... do you think 'Arry's taken a bung from the FA to knacker him before the world cup???
This is an unusual situation to be in isn't; we're fine on the left but struggling on the rignt!
Afternoon all, and apologies if you've discussed this elsewhere (crazy busy atm, not r...
Afternoon all, and apologies if you've discussed this elsewhere (crazy busy atm, not read many posts of late), but quick question:
Tonight's Liverpool vs Arsenal game: what result do you want? Scousers are on the up & up, so if they win it will boost their confidence no end and possibly seal our 5th-or-lower place. Gooners, on the other hand; a third consecutive loss would kill off any confidence and team spirit, which is always satisfying to see, whereas winning will lift them & instil faith that the last two matches were blips (it was a really stupid fixture move to put the top 3 teams together). A draw's no good for anyone, not least us...
I really can't decide, I don't think I'll be happy with any result for them.
As for us, 3-0 to the good guys please
Re: 2 sides of pav
I'd disagree about him being disappointing for the exact reason you give; he should...
I'd disagree about him being disappointing for the exact reason you give; he should've had more - yes, he was getting himself into great positions and creating opportunities. Are you telling me that when Defoe's on fire he doesn't screw up a million chances like them every single match? But it doesn't matter because he gets into those positions and keeps plugging on and gets in there eventually (I'm really thinking of Defoe vs I think Bolton, when he got his hat trick but still wasn't MoM). The difference is I think Pav's more likely to look at the bigger picture, and pass if he's not the player in the best position, whereas JD will always always go it alone. I'm not being down on JD here, but you mentioned him without a criticism, which - if I understand previous posts correctly - means you think he's pretty good, so he should be a good comparison point.
You're right that his conversion rate isn't as high as it could be, or perhaps should be, but then you're forgetting that he's started, what, 7 out of 45 games this season? Of course he's inconsistent when he's not had any consistency! It's considered 'fact' that strikers only perform when they feel loved and get a regular run in the team, now that's starting to happen I'd expect the conversion rate to rise and for him to keep creating those opportunities.
Someone mentioned the other day that Pav's always been loved by the fans at WHL but not necessarily the manager, and I think that's right (I used to think it was just me) but can't for the life of me work out why: he slates England (food, women, weather), he bleats on about wanting to leave, I can't think of any real match-saving goals of his (like Woody's in the CC final, or JJ's et effort to salvage a draw against the gooners a couple of years back), Redknapp's publicly slated his attitude, I think I heard somewhere he still not bothered to learn any/much English, we're never seen all that much of him playing so it can't be just that...
Why do fans like him??? For me, I think it's that 1) regardless of training etc, his attitude always seems good on the pitch; he'll jog straight on and do what he can, and 2) bother he started for us there was lots of talk about whether he'd be able to cope with the physical English game blah blah blah, and the first thing he ever did in a Spurs shirt was commit a foul. I vividly remember seeing it and thinking "you're gonna be alright".