#4636714, By near FA Cup '08-'09

  • near 19 Apr 2009 19:31:37 121 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    near wrote:
    ecureuil wrote:
    It's not any game, I'm not saying he's been amazing, but he's been about as average as just about everyone else this season. He's been no worse than Tevez, he's been significantly better than Scholes and Nani, and he carried us through the Christmas period with vital goals. I only stick up for him because some of the stuff said about him is over the top and just plain wrong. Yes, he has a lazy style (despite the stats proving that he covers as much ground as any other player on the field), but you can't use that as an excuse for every time we lose a game. There are 10 other players on the field that aren't performing either. He's become a scapegoat when in reality he's been no worse than just about anybody else (Rooney, Ferdinand, Vidic aside).

    Why are you comparing a striker priced at 30M to midfielders? And Tevez the second reject at our club? Who really cares how much ground he covers, he is a striker, and as a striker, he is doing a really really terrible job. He's attitude towards the game and supporting effort if fucking lame, and he has not represented the club and that unbelivable price tag this season. He is not a scapegoat for our loss against Everton, but he has been a significant flaw in our squad. A flaw which has fucked up our game plan on several matchs because of his incompetence. Rooney has shined on more than one occasion, and the reason why no one jumps on him when we lose a match and he fails to score is because he make a hell of alot of effort almost every other game, in positions Sir Alex plays him.

    Berba is the biggest flop this season, in every sense.

    The pricetag doesn't come in to it, and he's not been nearly as bad as you were saying. He was injured a month ago and has hardly played since, but he was a lot better earlier in the season, and scored some vital goals and made some vital assists. He's a good target man, a bit like Teddy Sheringham, who never scored a huge amount of goals himself. Berbatov holds the ball up well, and rarely gets caught in possession, even though he doesn't get in the box as often as I'd like. He hasn't "fucked up our gameplay" in any way, shape or form, it's absolute nonsense. What was he doing during those games when he was out injured and we still lost? I presume you still blame him.

    I'm talking about his performance as an individual on the field within our team strategy. I'm not blaming him for our losses, but I'm saying on specific games, he has failed to show anything remotely close to effort. We already have supporting strikers, we don't need another one, can he not just play as a striker? He doesn't have the pace required for a supporting striker, and so he always gets caught on the ball out of position which is just lame. The way he took that penalty was clearly a "why am I even on this pitch?"
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