Let’s Focus On The Players…

Posted on December 5, 2007 
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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?

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One Response to “Let’s Focus On The Players…”

  1. eckand bradyfan on December 5th, 2007 11:53 pm

    Staying on the players and our lack of fire power

    Cameron got my heart a thumpin as it has always been in him and hasn’t come out as often as he or we would want.

    I always forget how young he is and i think he found the Premier a bit overbearing at first. Rumour has it that he has been to sports psychologists about his confidence – it must be working as there was nothing wrong with his confidence on that occasion. Hopefully he will be able to drag it out more often. If he gets the service he’ll be ike Hesky in the good old days with a turbo!

    Forss is finding his way back to where he was three year ago and i think he will have a blinding second half of the season. His recent near misses were class attempts and his recent header was a good solid goal – there was no doubt that it was going in. He will come good again i’m sure. Consumate professional too – no whinging and he didn’t celebrate at Chelsea. He got a lot of respect for that in London. Typical Forss goal too – on the turn.

    O’Connor hasn’t lived up to the preseason hype but i don’t think he’s had sufficient chance with five accross the middle. Maybe 442 will give him the chance to alternate with the Forss and Jerome. So the jury’s still out. His early stuff was much more audacious than his current play.

    If the rumours are true about Kris Boyd who scores every other time out. 81 appearances 55 goals, or Mc fadden wo seems to be available January then we will at last have some decent front men. Big Eck could pull them in from the north and Scotland, if the funds were available, rather than trying to get people to travel north. Now would you want Boyd or Bendtner? We might not get the choice with money bags Chelsea. Boyd does look like a good idea though.

    I’m not sure if I would like to see DJ back in the team. He has been a good soldier but i think we’ve moved on since then.

    After fire power, we really do need a solid left back. I’m ok with Macca on the wing if Eck sorts him out and Sads behind him would do for the minute, but we do need to block that channel properly for when we play against Man U Chelsea and Arsenal in January. We got away lucky with Lennon. Poor old Scmidtz can’t hold that position. We need a left footer with pace who can read a game and win a ball.

    Anyway it’s good to be focussing on the positive and looking up instaed of down – see Big Ex has got me thinking it now and it’s only been a week or so.

    Lets see if we can make hay in December as January will be a teeth grinding month

    KRO – Great days are these

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