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Milijas wasted on Wolves. January 21, 2012

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in English soccer.
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Photo credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty.

Nenad Milijas is wasted on Wolves. What’s the point of having an elegant deep-lying playmaker if you’re going to spend 90 minutes bypassing midfield?

Milijas glides across the turf in a permanent, portable oasis of space. It’s a rare gift that Wolverhampton seems almost contemptuously determined not to exploit. He offers himself up for the simple pass and forms triangles again and again, as if he doesn’t know he is just going to be ignored.

When he plays one of his precise, tempo-setting, play-spreading passes, his teammates look almost offended.

He must realize he doesn’t fit, so why has he been there for three years?

Insights on the fleeting nature of substance, brought to you by Guardian sports subeditors August 27, 2011

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Here is the front-page summary of the Guardian’s match report on Wolves’ 0-0 draw away to Aston Villa, from the newspaper’s website:

Aston Villa and Wolves play out a goalless draw at Villa Park that leaves the visitors temporarily top of the Premier League

Some thoughts:

  • Whoa, pretty disdainful, huh?
  • I guess, in the sense that everything in the temporal world is fleeting, as well as the sense that there is a new table and a new round of games every season, everyone who gets to the top of the Premier League table is only there “temporarily.”
  • Last season, Manchester United was only on top temporarily, even if the Red Devils did happen to be there at the end of the season.
  • Someday the Earth will cease to exist, someday the light of human knowledge will be extinguished, someday the universe will end, not with a bang but with a whimper, probably, one must ask whether there will be anyone on top of the Premier League then. That’s a very zen way to look at things. Thank you for that enlightening insight, Guardian copy editors.
  • Indeed, we are forced to ask ourselves, what if the world ends this evening, i.e. before the two Manchester clubs — the only ones capable of overhauling Wolves on points this weekend — have a chance to play tricky fixtures against the two North London clubs on Sunday and Wolves top the last Premier League table in the universe?
  • Or indeed, what if the universe doesn’t end but the Manchester clubs lose or draw? Then, wouldn’t the caprices of the universe dictate that Wolves retain the fleeting bagatelle that is the top position in the Premier League for an entire week?