Let’s Focus On The Players…
Posted on December 5, 2007
Filed Under Blues News
I’m bored of Steve Bruce, David Sullivan, David Gold and Carson Yeung. It’s about time we put the focus back on the players. After all, it’s them that will actually be keeping us up come the season’s end.
So, because I’m bored of the figures I’ve mentioned above (I couldn’t for the life of me bring myself to do yet another blog about David Sullivan and whether he wanted to go or stay…) I have, for your perusal, assembled the best of player related stories from the last couple of days.
Ferguson backs Big Eck – I know he’s not our player but he’s saying something positive about our new manager so why not? The interview reads like he was asked during a press conference and so gave a fairly typical thumbs up sort of answer. Still, any positive is a positive we’ll take.
Seb & Forss do charity! – It’s nice to see the club being painted in a positive light and with both Mikael and Seb, you get the feeling that they’d be doing it off their own backs even if the club wasn’t involved in such a scheme.
It also serves as a reminder of how lucky the mass majority of us are.
DJ hopes to be back in fold soon – An in-depth interview with Damien Johnson about his injuries and how they’re progressing. He’s getting closer to full fitness and should be in contention for a return to first team selection soon enough.
Now that Bruce has gone, I hope DJ gets a clean slate. He’s never really let the club down when he’s played and his only crime was that he was made undroppable by Steve Bruce. The shirt throwing incident was the result of the captaincy decision by Bruce and it would’ve never happened had he not been wearing the armband that afternoon.
Of course, there’ll always be debate about Johnson and his position as a first team regular. And that’s absolutely fine but like so often with Bruce, DJ was / is often criticised by the masses for things that invariably weren’t and aren’t his fault. Even now I see people have a dig at DJ for things like not being the most talented member of the squad or being played when he probably wasn’t and isn’t deserving… neither of which, as I’ve said, were Johnson’s fault.
I just hope he gets a fresh start under McLeish. That or a transfer to Wigan Athletic where he’ll hopefully be appreciated – by the fans – a bit more. After all, I thought we were a fan base who could forgive the odd bit of missing talent if a player was prepared to graft?
That said, fans are more like customers these days and the changing of identity of fan bases is happening on a daily basis.
Blues players concerned by uncertainty – If DJ thinks it’s being dragged out, he should try being in the position of the fans who do their best to read every article and scrape every bit of information possible from sources such as “mate’s brother” on message boards!
A takeover and change of management team obviously affects the club from top to bottom though and by the end of the month, we will hopefully know everything that we need to know regarding the takeover. And with McLeish, Watson and Aitken already in place, things might indeed turn out fairly rosy this season.
Blues players on trial – Well, that goes without saying! The fact that Kapo was dropped for McLeish’s first game should tell people how you have to earn your place now.
McLeish wants to keep Djourou – I believe these quotes are a few days old now but still, I’d be quite happy to keep Djourou for the season although I can’t see it. Perhaps Sunday will convince Wenger to let us keep him for the year since he won’t fit in at Arsenal playing like that!
But for the majority of the season, he’s been solid enough – despite being employed in midfield for a time – and I suspect that our our transfer budget won’t be huge in January so extending this loan would allow us to look at other areas.
Seb makes team of the week – As I said earlier, we’ll take all the positives we can get. I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that a Blues player scored that goal…
Bendy linked with Chelsea – Y’know, Drog aside, I don’t particularly rate any of Chelsea’s strikers and whilst my initial reaction was something along the lines of “Paaaaaahaaaaaa!!!” The more I think about it, the more the evil empire could win and take Bendy from Arsenal.
I hope not. I think he’ll get a good education under Wenger and go on to be a top class player. There’s still something very dirty about Chelsea and their moneybags ways, isn’t there?
Ridge : Bruce appointment good for Blues – And it’s headlines like this that make me realise why I should never, EVER trust Tribal. Bruce’s appointment has been the best thing to happen this season possibly – but I’m not sure that’s entirely what Ridge was saying!
O’Connor in Bruce dig – Interesting piece about most of the players thinking that two up top might’ve worked better too? Perhaps that’s just the striker in him talking.
That’s pretty much it for today. Not as much as I first thought but still, isn’t it refreshing to not hear about how rejuvenated Sullivan is?