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Thursday, December 15, 2005

"He managed to make a good hash of it in the end."

So, Roy decided to find out just how much he was worth on the open market, and now the verdict is in. Just 18 months at Celtic, thank you very much.

TDH thinks this is just about the bare minimum that Captain Cork could have hoped for. (Or should we call him The Undertaker?) Obviously, the way he left the Theatre of Screams didn't help matters, but the deal must be disappointing. If it's his last contract, he'll be retired at 35. In the meantime, Teddy Sheringham will be 41 and probably gearing up for another season in the Premiership.

It wouldn't be like Roy to try and spin things out until he was crap. But perhaps he's not really committed to getting the most out of what's left of his career.

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Liverpool had an easy time of it against Costa Rican giants - giants! - Deportivo Saprissa, but everyone will be talking about the two goals scored by the Empire State Building. For the first one, his body briefly looked like the propeller of a Sopwith Camel. (You really can find anything on the Internet....)

The brace could easily have been a hat-trick, or more. TDH is starting to see through the enigma of the tallest man on Merseyside. His height and his first touch buy him chances that simply wouldn't be there for most strikers. Yet his control and finishing remain middling. So perhaps, perhaps, he still gives you value for money - he just makes himself look bad in the process.

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As the lads at NUFC.com point out, Scrappy Souey is going into his 50th match - an amazing feat, for him, in and of itself - with a Premiership record of 15-16-18 (W-D-L). His overall record looks better, thanks to last year's Cup runs. But it's useful to consider only the Premiership matches for the relatively consistent quality of opposition.

That record gives us 61 points from 49 matches, or an average of 1.24. Over a 38-match season, that average yields 47 points - enough to stay up, but nowhere close to a European place. Unless things improve dramatically, it's still time for a change.

(TDH can't even believe that "staying up" is now a worthy goal for the Toon. What's happened? Mummy, please make it stop....)

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Finally, a short comment on this week's Goals Per 90 Minutes chart (at right). Some of the supporting cast are now making the running, with Zamora and Dickov in four-goal territory. These guys have a hard time getting a full 90, so it's not surprising that it's taken them a while to get their names in lights.

But statistically, their figures are likely to go down soon. Because they enter the chart as soon as they score the fourth goal, they probably receive a higher score than if the chart just looked at scoring over a fixed number of minutes. Okay, no more Dr. Science for today.

4 Comments:

Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

I'm no KEano fan, but I thought he could even be subject to the ignominy (sp?) of a 6 month contract.

basically, he could be great signing, but it depends on whether he can hold his temper and remember his place.

As I was saying to a friend, its one thing ranting at OT where he was senior and successful with it. But had he gone somewhere like Milan and tried the same thing he'd have been laughed out of the dressing room. Some of his team mates would have had 5 European Cups, gone through an entire season without a loss or played in three consecutive world cup finals. I think he's found his level at Celtic, where he can rant and rave and get away with it.

6:54 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

NOOOO!!!!!!

We've drawn Bayern BLOODY Munich. Just what we needed when we're showing worse form than a stripper at a christening.

11:53 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Who were you hoping for? PSV? There aren't too many weak teams in the draw. That said, Rafa will be over the moon with Benfica, even if Sir's crew couldn't beat them.

Shame about Chelsea v Barca again. It'll be bad-tempered and rough, and neither team's likely to show its best attacking tricks. Arsenal v Barca, on the other hand, would have been beautiful enough for a whole library of highlight films. On the third hand (foot?), I suppose you want the probable best teams to meet sometime in the competition, even if it's not in the final.

12:08 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

I wouldn't have minded Benfica, Werder Bremern, even Villareal. We'd have tonked Madrid. I actually have Bayern up there with Barca and Chelsea as one of the favourites.

True about Barca / Chel. I think the result will reverse this time. Ron, Eto'o and co. look to be in too good form for Chelsea. That said, much can change before it all kicks off. But it will be a shame to lose either fat frank or dancing ronaldinho so soon.

3:42 PM  

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