He scores goals without needing blistering pace, the bulk of his goals last season came from his experience of getting in the right place at the right time, heading the ball well and following up, out-muscling defenders and a couple of long distance thunderbolts.
I know he's (just) 32, but that's not all that old for this type of player. He could lead our line for another 3 seasons - he's in great shape, rarely gets injured, has discovered his scoring boots as a result of finally being played in the right position and continuing to work hard (both of which contradict the 'fluke season' idea that keeps popping up), and continues to be ambitious with the right attitude.
The more I think of this the less surprised I am that we rejected the bid, however tempting it may have been to get that much money. If we want their left back I hope we bid for him separately, Murphy will continue to be too important to us and we don't have a ready-made replacement for the type of football we play, and goals we score, the way Parr can replace Mings.
They're the only team in the league (other than Blackpool) that cannot move up or down at all, regardless of their result on Saturday. I see that as great news - doesn't the prize money (and presumably player bonus) change depending on where you finish?
That's made me feel slightly better as my blood pressure continues to rise; Let's hope Blackburn see it like I see the last meeting of the year before going on holiday; you're in a good mood and don't really care what's agreed as your eyes are on the clock to head home the entire time!
Surely this should be taken down now?! I really hate stuff like this; even though I've never been a Pardew fan it's great to see him rubbing their noses in it. Those fans who set it up must be feeling pretty silly, or are they stubbornly sticking by their site in the way that fans like that do?
So glad to have as close to unanimous support as it gets for MM here, it really feels like the dark days are well and truly behind us.