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Posted Aug 23, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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William Gallas on a free transfer is an absolute steal. The Frenchman’s temperament might be questionable at times, but nevertheless, he’s been part of two different league winning teams in the past seven seasons. Other clubs would pay at least six million for the man, and Harry Redknapp has grabbed him for nothing. He’ll slot in nicely behind Tom Huddlestone, giving the centre of the Spurs team a stronger backbone, and also freeing up Luka Modric and Aaron Lennon: two players capable of rampaging any defence in the league. Spurs are going to be dangerous this season, providing they avoid more plastic pitches.
Is anyone else reminded of a horse when they see Roy Carroll galloping around St James’ Park? Congratulations to the man/horse for dominating a very young, very poor Villa defence in an absolute stuffing that will surely lead to Bob Bradley making his entrance as Villa boss sooner rather than later. I just hope The Magpies don’t get ideas above their station: not only will most other teams offer more resistance than this – so will Villa, next time round.
It’s ridiculous that Paul Scholes isn’t already referred to as a legend. The man has been consistently performing at the highest level for sixteen years now, never giving anything less than his all, and always providing just as many goals and attacking options as the more lauded players such as Beckham, Cantona and Giggs. It’s all very well having one or two glory-fuelled seasons like Ronaldo and Cantona, but Scholes performs again and again and again. Zinedine Zidane noted that he was ‘The best midfielder of his generation’ – he’s not wrong. This weekend Scholes was again mercurial against Fulham – but then it’s got to the stage that if he wasn’t, I’d be worried.
Chelsea look unstoppable at the moment. Many people were expecting a United fight-back following the Blue’s title win last year, but don’t bet on it. No, they haven’t been against the best defences in the league yet – but a team of this ability playing this well will grab at least two against anybody and any ground. Only ex-boss Mourinho at Real Madrid has a hope of stopping them winning the Champion’s league.
West Ham are in serious trouble. It’s a pleasure to have them in the Premier League, but I’m not expecting them to still be in the division this time next season. Barring a really top class managerial appointment after Avram Grant’s inevitable departure – Martin O’ Neill, anyone? – the Hammers are going to be dominated by every team in the top ten this year, and probably a few clubs below that, too.