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at 14:25 18 May 2013
...has scored nearly 50 penalties for Chelsea.
So that puts his open play goals at c.150 in 12 seasons at Chelsea.
So thats about 12.5 goals per season from open play.
Dont get me wrong, I think he is a great pro and very good player, its just that sometimes his goals record is a little over hyped.
He a roughly 1 goal every 4 games attacking midfielder. Which is still not to be sniffed at.
I realise penalties still have to be converted, but its not the same threat / skill as scoring in open play. Lets face it, people dont generally buy penalty takers.
|Paul Hayward on 'English' football|
at 13:52 18 May 2013
Makes a few good points, but the clue is in the title.
The Premier League has been sold to the world, never to be returned. It is mainly foreign owned with English players in the minority.
Armchair fans in the far east, middle east and USA are far more important than the fan who actually attends the match.
The only thing English about it is that we happen to host the matches....... for now.
I would be happy for the Premier League to be cut adrift.
|Good old Chops.....|
at 13:40 18 May 2013
.....dragging up performances from 10 years ago;
I assume he has a psychologist to help him deal with his demons.... if so, I wish they would tell him to forget about his past achievements and try to perform for the club who pays his vast wages.
I love the way he also boasts about scoring 19 goals for ITFC. Frankly thats a pathetic return on the investment over two seasons!! Especially given the turmoil he brings with him.
It speaks volumes that he thinks 19 goals in two seasons is a good return.
at 10:55 15 May 2013
...I am all for trying to get some kind of sense into the game, but I can see FFP meaning that players will sign a contract for 2-3 years, let it run down and then move on a Bosman in order to maximise their wages in their next contract.
I can see players becoming even more transient / mercenary and not sticking around at clubs for very long at all.
It will make it even harder for fans to relate to the team.
Not sure what the answer is, but football has gone so far backwards over the past 10-15 years.