They’re back, the Premiership’s biggest chop and changers. Just as you thought Spurs were about to enter a period of stability the owners lose it and go back to their old ways.
Can’t leave things alone, Harry Redknapp’s demands, or simply another in a long line of knee jerk responses to slightest deviation from the path of perfectness? Whatever the case the latest and oh so predictable nonsense at White Hart Lane leaves no one surprised. If Spurs won the Premiership on goal difference their owners would complain that the points margin wasn’t enough and you think it’s been an up and down experience being a Liverpool fan over the last few years!
Back at base it seems that despite rumours that he wants to move away from these shores, Solomon Kalou is now keen on a move to Anfield. What has turned his head well we don’t know as these are the utterings of his agent who I suspect doesn’t necessarily have football at the forefront of his priorities. I suspect we would be able to offer Kalou better terms, and therefore a plumper 15% to his agent, than Schalke 04, the other club allegedly in for him, so from his point of view would, no make that will, be interested?
Elsewhere we are told Gylfi Sigurdsson will meet Brendan Rogers to hold talks which presumably will be different and more lucrative than the talks he had with him a few months ago at Swansea! Also it appears we’ve been linked with young Barca forward Cristina Tello. Quite why Tello would want to move to us when he is on the verge of breaking into the first team at the Nou Camp is beyond me. Sorry, just being honest!
At Euro 2012 England prepare for their next match against Sweden today. We are told that the Swedes represent a more physical challenge than the French so reports suggest that the covers have been taken off Andy Carroll. The other generally held view of Sweden is that they will giveEngland more opportunities to go forward than France did. Steven Gerrard was very astute in his round breaking observation…
“With all due respect to Sweden, they are not France….”
Against Ukraine Sweden did show some vulnerability in the air so I guess there is a certain logic to including Carroll presumably alongside rather than instead of Welbeck which means that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will step down? Nonetheless this is still a gamble. Carroll is in the squad in the strength of few encouraging end of season performances and because of the fact there isn’t really anyone else! Despite the noises coming for the England camp Sweden should not be underestimated. They are still capable of making life difficult for England as their record against them over the years has shown. On their day Elmander and particularly Ibrahimovic and can hurt any team.
Elsewhere Poland were unlucky not to get more than a point from Russia whilst Greece failed to live up to my sneaking suspicion they might pick everyone’s pockets and get to the quarter finals with an insipid performance against the Czechs. Holland appear to be in self distruct, cantankerous mode for this tournament and look like being sent to bed early. Germany, rather than peaking too early, will presumably get better, it’s looking ominous. Denmark and Portugal produced a cracker of a game and Agger a cracker of performance. I only saw five minutes of the Italy Croatia game and clearly Spain will have sterner tests than the poor Irish team they played last night in Gdansk.
On the subject of that game I’m indebted to Jim Beglin who over the replay of Torres’ first goal told us “that’s what strikers can do for you”. He’s been talking to Steven Gerrard?