Scapegoat to MVP
After the trauma of Kieran , yesterday’s news that James was giving us the rest of his peak years at least is very reassuring on a few different fronts.
When ‘Arry Rednapp was sniffing around I would have taken 5 million thank you Sir no problem.
He divided opinion and could seem lazy at times,, maybe a tad greedy also.
But having gone through a few managers now he has taken a lot on board and risen to become our Most Valuable Player in most minds if not on paper.
A task considering Captain Fantastic continues to make himself a legend , and Odsonne got his own song way way quicker.
Im glad that a player can silence the doubters ,, something which has proved beyond many in the past but now theres a clear shining example of the boo bhoy made good !
It’s also a pat on the back to the Faithful that they are clearly able to put the past behind them and judge what the present player is giving us.
The knowledge we have taken him to heart may well be the key to getting the best out of this lad and will no doubt have been a massive sway in putting pen to paper this week.
This also tells us things are flowing fine backstage , else I doubt he signs anything.
Lenny seemed a step down to most , looks like James is happy with what he see’s.
Neils a young man and theres a chance this is long term , as in most of those years James just signed up for. That’s reassuring at a hat tip to the Lurgan leader and his methods.
James would have been given a smoking deal somewhere down south I have no doubt , and as mentioned certainly had suitors in the top flight at one stage. Brendan had an up close look , and more than likely a big impact on his game.
The capture of the signature itself sends out a message that we are good and things are rolling along just nice. Having top players resign speaks volumes in the game.
And then the words that accompanied the signature.
Its all too easy to say aye sure anyone can say the right words but he’s speaking from the heart in his Ctv interview.
“ Im absolutely delighted to extend my stay here and Im looking forward to winning more league titles and cups with the club.
The last couple years have been unbelievable. When you keep winning trophies it makes you eager and wanting to strive to win more. That pushes you on for more and I want to keep winning as much as I can “
Theres an endorsement of the club and fans , and a clear insight into the professional drive that has brought him here.
To keep going game in game out year after year cant , simply cant , be easy in any field nevermind one so unique as turning out for the Hoops and the national team to boot.
What with the hammer throwers that litter the domestic scene , illicit chants , bent ref’s giving less than standard protection , plastic and potato fields aplenty , etc etc you get the drift.
James has shown he has the talent , and the temperament to at least attempt to try to play to the best of his ability.
The Club , Management and all the fan’s now owe it to our extension Bhoy to show him he definitely made the right choice.
Yesterdays guest contribution from Libero inadvertently hit the nail on the head with its subject matter after the gaffer appraised us all that Scott and Bayo are injured , one short term one long term.
The Scott news could be passed off as a blessing in disguise knowing how little Lenny rotates and how much our skipper loves to play every game.
The Bayo news is much more noteworthy and puts us one more injury away from a striking crisis of epic proportions.
We cant wrap Odsonne in cotton wool , he’s needed more than ever .
But what we can do is secure the game and remove him asap and hopefully those men in the dugout are thinking along similar lines.
Afolabi was signed as one of the young talented crop on the fringes of the team who will attempt to grab any chance with both hands ala Frimpong.
He is just returning to fitness after a slight injury so we should see him in the squad very shortly and in an ideal world impresses enough to get a start against a lesser light giving Odsonne a much needed rest. Well that would be the dream scenario,,more likely he gets the last 15 sometimes.
The position is there to be taken , and this injury does Bayo no favours in his quest to grab the slot.
Lets see a back up striker tussle as well as a right back one.
Its the team and fans that usually benefit then.
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