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Premier league thoughts August 23, 2010

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in English soccer.
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Andy Carroll, huh? As I imagine I’ve made clear, I’m pretty dubious of anyone who spent his youth idolizing Alan Shearer, although I guess, if I were his father, I’d be happier with his idolizing Shearer than most men who’ve turned out for Newcastle in recent years (Barton, Bowyer, Dyer, Woodgate, Bellamy, etc.). But the kind of pressure he must be under (in Newcastle, wearing Shearer’s number, being a local boy, alone up front, basically the fulcrum of every little Geordie boy’s fantasy) staggers the mind.

Though he wants nothing more than to emulate England’s last great all-elbows dino-forward, his performance against Aston Villa, in which he popped up all over the forward line, marks him out as a far more modern brand of center-forward. (Boring talk of the English national team alert). With Fabio Capello, for better or worse, dispensing of Emile Heskey, Carroll can certainly claim a starting role for England if he plays like he did against Villa every week.

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More thoughts:

  • It’s great to see Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scoring. With Kevin Doyle and newly signed Steven Fletcher in the side, it’s difficult to envisage him getting too many games this season, which is sad. But one also remembers that he scored an absurd number of goals in the Championship and looked set to take the top flight by storm when Wolves came up, and then hit the worst run of his career. Maybe he can belatedly come of age in the Premiership this season.
  • When was the last time there were even four 6-0 games in the same season, let alone in the opening fortnight?
  • It’s very good to see Dimitar Berbatov loving life. Imagine if he could come good for Manchester United his year. Watch this if you don’t remember that Berbatov can do things with a soccer ball that are impossible for all but a select few very, very gifted footballers, and make them look extremely simple. He’s been trying some of these patented skills recently. Soon, one of them is going to come off.
  • I’m also waiting expectantly for Javier Hernandez to steal Wayne Rooney’s thunder and start zapping him with it.
  • Does Aston Villa’s failure mean we’re closer to seeing Diego Maradona at Aston Villa? PLEASE!!!!!!?
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