If doing my AAA articles every week has taught me anything, it’s that we all have different expectations.
It doesn’t end there. We have different perspectives, we all have our own personal favourites, and if we lived to be 110 we would never agree on what deserves 9 out of 10 and what deserves 5.
Just as a one-off this week, in an effort to generate HEALTHY discussion and see how this ‘opinion’ thing actually works I’m not allocating ratings. Instead I’m going to compare players with other players in similar positions. Here we go
Danny Simpson v Ryan Taylor
Taylor comes up trumps here. Having slagged him off last week I thought he played much better this week. Just goes to show that you can’t really write anyone off over a single performance – like I’m doing with Simpson, now.
Fabricio Colccini v Steven Taylor
Saylor got in a couple of blocks, but that’s what he’s supposed to do. No points for a broken nose and his outrageous appeal when the ball didn’t go across the Wigan goal line didn’t do him any favours either. That’s one of my pet hates. Professional footballers appealing for offsides, throws, free kicks and goals, when they know they are wrong.
So what’s your pet hate? In case you haven’t heard that one, the answer is “a carrot up his arse”.
I reckon Colo was streets ahead on the night. He seemed to get in the middle of everything. He had a slow start but as the game went on he was everywhere and was just like the wife’s gravy. Solid.
Jonas Guttierez v Gabriel Obertan
A fairly similar pair to compare – you’d think – a lot of running but also a lot of stalling. Jonas was involved a lot more and I have to give him the edge. Obertan just wasn’t special enough, and as I mentioned last week he seems to be out of ideas when he gets down to the nitty gritty of a one on one. Jonas may fall over a lot but at least it looks like he’s going somewhere when it happens. Obertan has half a chance if it’s a simple foot race, but otherwise he just seems clueless.
Cheik Tiote v Yohan Cabaye
Tiote continues his recovery to full form as he just continues to get better and better. Cabaye doesn’t get involved quite as much and even with his spectacular goal I’d still put Tiote above him.
I’m sure Cabaye is just settling in but Tiote is the man making things happen for us and stopping them for them. I’m sure there will be a few of you out there think he’s our “engine” but I think you are probably the ones who said the same about Nolan, and maybe you are confused with the numbers on the shirts.
Tiote is our “engine”, and he’s a thumping 3-litre diesel.
Demba Ba v Leon Best
Best loses out here but the “Ba” wasn’t set very high. Sorry – it had to be said.
Hatem Ben Arfa v Shola Ameobi v Sylvain Marveaux
Shola’s purple patch appears to have passed and he was back to the good old Shola that we have grown to misunderstand over the years. A few good touches but a lot more of the old falling over too much and losing the ball.
Last week I said Ben Arfa was crap and it was suggested that I was one of those people who think that a midfielder hasn’t performed well unless he has made mazy runs, dribbled past people or made fantastic passes. Well, errrrr, yes! I really am that shallow. Oh and also the fact that he didn’t get past anyone, got caught in possession more times than Lindsey Lohan and had less attempts to score than the pope.
That was last week. This week with one shot on target, he could have done better. At least he wasn’t wearing those awful red boots!
He should maybe take a look at Marveaux who only came on for 15 minutes and was amazing. His movement was impressive, he took people on and he distributed the ball well. Didn’t put a foot wrong. He reminded me of a young Kieron Dyer, so no doubt he’ll be off in a couple of years.
I’d be tempted to give him Man of The Match if it wasn’t for his limited time on the pitch.
Tim Krul v errrrrr now here’s the flaw in my cunning new-style appraisal
Krul’s sensational save in the first few minutes was one of those moments that makes the opposition go “Oh Crap” and can seriously dent their confidence. The save was simply stunning – not just that he got to it but also that he managed to get it up and over the bar. Strong hand , as the saying goes.
With very little else to do he earned his paycheck in the first few minutes. No-one to compare him with? Who cares! Great performance.
The last ten minutes against Spurs was good stuff but this was one of the better games so far for me.
Alan Pardew tells us it wasn’t “Champagne Football” but I thought it was a reasonable game with a lot of the players putting the effort in, even if they weren’t “pretty”.
It has been said that we are only winning against teams that are below us. You could say the same about Manchester United. As we are sitting in 4th at the moment I’d have to say I hope we continue to do it.
As a final comment I have always considered “irony” to be a beautiful thing.
Last week one poster informed me (and of course the entire internet) that he had read a number of my reviews and I had always been crap and didn’t know what I was doing.
Fair enough I suppose – his opinion.
Included in his comment was a line that my writing was more “funny than embarrassing” which he followed up with another post a few minutes later saying “errrr, that was meant to read “more embarrassing then funny”’
Now THAT must have been embarrassing.
You have to larff!