To be fair to pretty much every current player, Hoddle’s ability to be ‘available’ was slightly enhanced by his ability to receive the ball on either foot, at any pace, from any direction and have it under instant control. He didn’t really need to run much to be ‘available’, he just needed to be...
TBH, we haven’t had a ‘style’ since Redknapp’s old-fashioned 4-4-2. We’ve been a team of individuals, and an odd bunch of individuals at that. Back then we had Crouch and Lennon in the same side. We had VDV wandering around the park smoking a fag and drinking a pint before making a quality...
There’s still no one out there to match his technique and vision. I’d worry about pace, workrate and physique, but training methods have moved on, so maybe he’d have bridged that gap anyway. Dele seems to cope, with nowhere near Hodd’s skills.
I'd have given you 30/1 on Dele from there, free money.
I've bought total goals at 3.1 for £50/goal, and Son's total goal minutes at 28 for £7/goal. Haven't bet on the spreads for ages, I'll probably remember why in a couple of hours.
I think the point is that we can’t afford another 4 years of this before he becomes a competent defender. I like him, but he needs to learn quicker, or go on loan to a team that can afford to have defenders that regularly give goals/pens/red cards away.
Coz there’s loads of them around...
How do you know it didn't cause friction?
That was a dead rubber. And against a strong team, so not a great chance for extending his scoring record.
Norwich, though? That's hat trick territory for Harry.