IF YOU’LL all allow me to indulge in a little transfer speculation this morning, rumours abound that Dutch winger Arjen Robben is poised for a return to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old player, who had a spell at Chelsea in the springtime of his career, is nearing the end of his current contract with Bayern Munich and as such could leave this summer for a knock-down fee.
And life in Germany is tough for the balding star at the moment, with claims he’s selfish unsettling the player.
As a result Robben, who demonstrated his abilities with a two goal haul at Wembley last week, has been linked in reports with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
What an addition he would be to our league – get him in someone, says Goaltastic, get him in.
ENGLAND really put us through the whole gamut of emotions tonight in their friendly with Holland.
Boredom, frustration, despair, hope, elation, more frustration and despair – it was enthralling viewing, even though the enduring image of the night must be Klaas-Jan Huntelaar chowing down on the Wembley turf.
For the first half of the match England were the embodiment of caretaker manager Stuart Pearce and his headline-hogging captain Scott Parker – sturdy, committed, functional, and anonymous in the final third.
But after the break it was like the past two years of toil were forgotten as Holland’s class – through Arjen Robben and Huntelaar – tore us apart like we were back facing Germany in South Africa 2010 like rabbits in the headlights.
And we still found time to regain parity and throw it away again through an avoidable defensive lapse.
At least it wasn’t a predictable performance and for that I’m glad. England won’t Euro 2012 on this showing, but it will be worth watching.
I HATE being angry.
For that reason I hate A United View, a fellow football blog which kindly allowed me to compile a guest post which went up today.
It forced me to dredge up a whole barrelful of negative emotion, of despair, and hatred, and anger, to compile a full team of players I really detest.
My team is below, for an explanation of why they made the cut you can click here –
GK – Green
DEF – Cole, Terry, Ferdinand, Alves
MID – Robben, Doriva, Barry, Walcott
ATK – Heskey, Villa
WOLVES goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann may be yet to keep a clean sheet this season, and may be the number two choice for the USA, but he’s been ranked as the best goalie in the world.
The American has been placed above the likes of Edwin Van Der Sar (2), Jose Reina (4) and Huerelio Gomes (5) in the latest Castrol Rankings, which base themselves on statistics only and not opionion, and cover a rolling 12 month period.
Currently the best defender in the rankings is Spaniard Gerard Pique, Dutchman Arjen Robben tops the Midfielders, and Lionel Messi is the world’s best Striker.
I’VE selected 11 players missing out on the World Cup due to selection, and I’ve picked a team of players not at South Africa due to injury.
Now indulge me while I pick a team of the most exciting talents that will be playing over the next month, as if I’m not excited enough about the tournament –
GK – Cesar (Bra)
DEF – Lucio (Bra), Cannavaro (Ita), Vidic (Ser)
MID – Ronaldo (Por), Kaka (Bra), Xavi (Spa), Lampard (Eng), Robben (Ned)
ATK – Messi (Arg), Rooney (Eng), Torres (Spa)