There are two ways we could have a successful season next time around, and both probably need to happen if we’re to seriously challenge for honours. Number 1, a couple of players need to be brought in. Secondly, the players in the squad need to make a step up.
So, for example Cesc needs to carry on his scoring from the end of last season, Rosicky needs to stay fit and drive the midfield, Hleb needs to find those incisive passes, Eboue needs to grow a brain….you get the picture.
The encouraging thing is that those players are making exactly those noises. Yesterday it was the turn of Adebayor, who talked about improving his finishing and his all round support game.
“I’ve missed a lot of good chances but I’m working hard to improve my goal record. I’m still learning about English football but I’m getting better and next season I hope to show that.”
It’s always refreshing to hear players come out and admit their weaknesses, and good to know they’re working on them. Adebayor’s had his critics, he arrived with a reputation as a trouble maker, and he looked ungainly at times, but over the last season he really has won his critics over. I hope next season he can flourish beside a true goalscorer.
He goes on to talk about class clown Eboue, who he claims keeps the team spirit high.
“Sometimes when he eats he puts food up his nose and when he met the Queen at Buckingham Palace he was on the floor playing with her corgis.”
That figures. He sometimes appears to have a mental age of five on the field too. It still worries me that he’s a little bit nuts, and not in a good way like, say, Keown or Grimandi were.
Meanwhile, the Independent pick up on the Malouda story, but again it’s a story without quotes, so I suspect they’re just riding on the back of other people’s speculation, without adding any knowledge of their own.
Finally, *sigh* – I was about to write this off as another rubbish Henry story until I saw Pires’ quotes. Way to go down in people’s estimations, Bobby. You’re better than that.