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Mordern Day Slavery, Blatter’s Version

According to Sepp Blatter, aka Sepp Blatherer, a slave today is someone is being paid a hefty six figure salary and who is recognised as the worst cry baby of today’s footballing generation. It never seizes to amaze how an individual who runs the biggest supporting organization can spew such nonsensical stupidity and still keep his job. The sad thing we in the footballing world have come to expect this from him and just learn to ignore him or laugh at him or even do both simultaneously. His comments on the Ronaldo transfer saga was unwarranted and only serves as a mere reminder to his daftness and his ever growing list of gaffes as FIFA President.

So it is with quite good accuracy that Chris Toy portray Sepp Blatter’s lunacy with his latest comic strip (see below). He does a funny job of showing us how Mr. Blatter tries to validate his comments by equating Ronaldo to Jesus himself and even comes off more aloof.

Sepp Blatter_Slavery

Sepp Blatter_Slavery

Huntelaar in Old Trafford?

Alex Furgerson has hinted at Manchester United not getting involved in the buying spree which the big four normally partake in during the off season. But the gaffer cannot ignore the fact that his side does need one more player added to the roster. To be more specific a centre-forward, to be even more specific Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Last year he was on my wishlist of player I’d like to see in a United shirt, but instead we got Tevez and while Tevez is a talented lad but my main issue with him is that he is essentially the same player as Rooney – both in build and in style of play. Huntelaar on the other hand will bring a different attacking mindset to the United side, a person who is predator in the 18-yard box, who handles the long ball/crosses very well and most importantly is an out-and-out goalscorer. Putting Huntelaar into the United attacking system will bring back the glory scoring days, from a forward, like those of Rudd Van Nistelrooy. Plus, there hasn’t been a season ever more evident to United’s dire need for a consistent striker as last season:

PLAYER (GOALS)
Cristiano Ronaldo (31)
Carlos Tevez (14)
Wayne Rooney (12)
Louis Saha ( 5)
Ryan Giggs ( 3)
Nani ( 3)

Quite telling when a winger was out scoring our two top strikers combined last season and even worse when our top foward was severly off pace with the gunners’ Adebayor (24)…yeah that’s piss poor. We need our own version of Torres, our own version of Yakubu, our own version of Santa Cruiz and Huntelaar is the ideal buy to fill that role. Here’s hoping!

A Transfer That Benefits England

With the Euro tourney done, the tabloids can now garner up their fullest concentrations to doing what they do best…printing up all manner of transfer rumors. One in particular that caught my eye recently was the supposed move of Barry from Villa to Liverpool. Now while I’m not a fan of anything Anfield I must say that I was pleased with this move and I do hope it goes through even though the buy is sort of redundant when looking at Liverpool’s roaster. Let’s for a second forget the fact that Mascherano, who in essence plays the same role as Barry, had a stella outing last season and instead remind ourselves of Rafa’s rotational system.

I said I supported this move earlier mainly because I am a England supporter. With Barry and Gerrard training and playing together, their understanding of each other’s play on the pitch will only improve and any fan of England, unless you are Lampard, should be excited at what this means for the Three Lions. Most importantly the debate of who should partner Gerrard in the middle would hopefully stop, especially when everyone on a regurlar basis sees how both work well together.

With World Cup qualification approaching Capello needs to start penciling down his final starting IX and formation soon. The quicker he settles on a striking partner for Ronney, a right winger (Golden Balls is not the answer, if we’ve learnt anything from the Euros it is that youth & hunger breeds a winning team) and who partner’s Gerrard in central midfield the better our chances of moving foward into a new era of football in England.

Arsenal Loses One, United Looks to Gain Another

Henry meets the fansA few days ago Henry bid adieu to North London and sets his sights for Barcelona but before he left he explained his decision to part ways with Arsenal was basically due to boardroom unrest and the uncertainty over Wenger’s future. Please….while I greatly respect and admire Henry as both a footballer and as an individual you really have got a giggle at such reasoning. First and foremost he is a paid footballer, the only thing he should be worried about is if he can find the net come match day. The happenings of the board room should be of little concern to him, he is paid to play football, and therefore the happenings on the pitch are only what should be of concern to him. Last I checked he and Wenger weren’t attached to the hip at birth and Wenger isn’t moving to Barca, so his sudden inability to continue playing in the absence of Wenger is bizarre.

Instead what Henry should have said was that he wasn’t getting any younger and has peaked with regards to his performance level, with that in mind he needs to play for a side that can contend for European glory. The Gunners are an extremely youthful side rich in potential but they are not side ready to win the Premiere League let alone Champions League. Within a couple or more years they might accomplish that but the problem for Henry is he doesn’t have a couple or more years to give. He wishes to win and win now. Gunner fans may be angry with Henry with his departure, especially after pledging his career to the club just last year, but they should realize that their club cannot provide what Henry seeks. So Gunner nation should be happy for the Frenchman with his new endeavours but should be prepared/plan for life with him.

As Arsenal loses a striker, the Gaffer is looking to add another to his squad. The media has been a buzz with the possible purchase of Quagliarella but his agents has since come out to quench such rumors. I personal was happy the transfer failed for I did not like Quagliarella in the United side simply because he played exactly like the wonderkid Rooney. Also why splurge $15million on the guy when you have Rossi waiting on the wings especially when Rossi is almost the same build and playing style? I’m still hoping for an El’ Nino purchase or Huntelaar.

The Gaffer’s Next Buy

I’m undergoing some serious footie withdrawal right now and concerned that I may not make past July when most European leagues are back on the airwaves. There’s nothing exciting to watch really, the MLS and Gold Cup fail to inspire the football fan within and thus are a bore to watch. The Euro U-21 championship isn’t available for me to view so I can’t watch the youngsters of the Three Lions shine on the world stage (not counting their last game). The transfer market has also stalled, so all we have right now are speculations and denials…sprinkle in a few legal threats.

The inactivity of Manchester has led to some pretty good debates with some of my mates about who should be the Gaffer’s next buy. Without a doubt we’re all in agreement that the limited funds available should be dealt for a forward but the million pound question is who? Currently out there are two players I like and both can contribute to the youthful attacking flare that United currently has.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

The Dutchman currently plies his trade in the Eredivise league where he suits up for Ajax AFC. At 23 Huntelaar is exactly what United needs in terms of position and skill. A natural centre forward he possesses a huge amount of pace, great off the ball thinking and the kid can score from every point within the 18 yard box. Currently linked with multiple clubs, including United, he would be able to get a start in the United line-up. The sticking point is that Ajax knows this kid is hot commodity and would be asking for an insane price from any club to let go of him.

David Nugent

Looking at my home turf, I really like David Nugent. The kid is eager to play top flight football in the EPL and won’t cost a whole lot, 7 million pounds to be exact, for United to pry him away from Preston. A powerful right foot coupled with blistering pace will give any opposing four nightmares especially when he’s charging at them with Rooney on his flanks. The only negative is that he would like to go to a team where he will be able to break into the starting eleven quickly and he has been eying the Toffees for that.