Monday, April 23, 2007
First, the best:
- Benny McCarthy - A snip at the £2.5m that Mark Hughes paid Porto, the South African has scored for fun both domestically and in Europe.
- Joleon Lescott - I wasn't sure what to think when we agreed a deal that could rise to £5m for an untested centre half with possibly suspect kneecaps. Joleon though, has been nothing short of brilliant for Everton, seemingly equally adept at left back as in the centre, he is calm under pressure, quick of feet and mind and a goal threat to boot. I've lost count of he number of times I've seen him nonchalantly stroll out of the defence having just taken the ball from the oncoming attacked like candy from a fat baby.
- Dimitar Berbatov - People doubted Jol when he brought the Bulgarian to Spurs, memories of Rebrov were still painfully unforgotten and the hefty fee of £10.5m would require some real results in response. Berbatov didn't disappoint, his all round play has been superb and Spurs have had a partnership upfront rather than merely two strikers. Sublimely talented and not goal shy, Jol unnearthed a gem in the Godfather fan.
- Nwankwo Kanu - Went off the boil after Christmas but Kanu and the man below were the Sol (ahem) reasons why Pompey came out of the traps like lightning.
- Sol Campbell - Formed a solid partnership with Linvoy Primus and their pairing with former England teammate David James made for a watertight backline.
- I feel I should also mention two inspired loan signings, namely the deals that brought Jonothan Woodgate and Henrik Larsson to the Premiership. Woodgate shored up a Boro defence struggling to cope without the influence of veteran Southgate at it's heart. While United received a mid season pick-me-up from the tried and tested Larsson, just as injuries were starting to take hold. He may not have scored many, but his contribution was crucial.
I'll be naming and shaming the worst signings later this week.
Tags: premiership | football
Now, now, Mr Pr0lix, how dare you start these rumours about Mr Campbell again... shame on you!
I was always surprised he opted for Pompey over Charlton, what with some of their players being Young and Bent.
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