State of the Premiership October 1, 2006

Chelsea at the top does look familiar for me but the ones at the bottom is a sad state. I am relatively new to the whole football scene considering I began taking an interest in football when I was 17 but then I am not an European. Consider my views here as those of an amateur observer.

Charlton Athletic for a long time have been my idea of an orthodox small football club. They dont have ambition and the primary objective of their long term plans generally is to retain their 70 year old manager after 10 years. Their highest purchase is generally in the order of 2-3 Million pounds and it can be termed as the least ambitious club in the premiership. Alan Curbishley kept Charlton in good stead the last few years always managing a decent midtable position but now with Iain Dowie in charge, all I can see is the club in the championship next season. They do have but 2 good players in Darren Bent and Luke Young. Hasselbaink and Holland are 2 other good performers but are past it. I got nothing against Dowie, he seems a great guy but he’s not just that good at his job and especially not at a small club like charlton.

Coming to Sam Allardyce, I think the guy is one tough son of a bitch. Bung accusations by his own son and he beats Liverpool 2-0 next day. He has a liking for vintage pieces expecially when they come cheap or free. He turns these vintage machines into working pieces of the highest order like Gary Speed and Ivan Campo, 2 players who would have been playing golf in Qatar if they dint join Bolton. The Bolton physical training set up is said to be the best among the premiership and watching the Bolton players in action, I have few doubts regarding it. Bolton will be always a top-8 team as long as Allardyce is in charge and it is an amazing achievement.

Portsmouth had a very lucky start and when I say lucky, I say it because people’s expectations of the Pompey team have grown rapidly. Harry Redknapp, the transfer specialist brought in Kanu, David James, Manuel Fernandes, Glen Johnson, Sol Campbell to add to the likes of Luis Boa Morte, Pedro Mendes and Pompey sure will finish in the top-10 this season.

My own team seems doomed this year after bringing in just one player when several reinforcements were required. SAF over the years, despite his tactical astuteness on the field has displayed immaturity in transfer matters. The immaturity stems from the club’s tradition of developing youngster’s but then putting faith in Darren Fletcher to play on the right wing is stupid. I mean he cant tackle, he cant dribble, he doesnt have pace, he doesnt have strength, he cant shoot; all he can do is pass a little like any average semi-pro footballer can. And I dont know why Alan Smith was brought to the club in the first place. While it was a selfish motive on our part because we all love Smithy, we should think about Smith too. The poor guy would have been a favourite say in Toonland was he playing there. For us, he is not good enough a striker; nor good enuff as a midfielder and so is at best a squad player. And I think, there are chances Cristiano will indeed reach what he’s destined for: the best player in the world and I think his arrogance is what will carry him there.

Arsenal are looking like patchwork, mostly depending on the brilliance of Henry or sometimes Jr.Bergkamp Persie or that ingenious talent Fabregas who is sometimes criticised unnecessarily. I wish them and Wenger the best as much as I dont really like them.

More later…


~ by badkow on October 1, 2006.

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