As a Bluenose, the only time we get to see quality football is from visiting sides that are passing the ball round our poor midfield and lone striker, who will always end up having a near death experience through exhaustion. Poor Cameron.
So here is the Top 5 from what I have witnessed this past year.
Obviously this list is not unique and is only my humble opinion. . . . . .
#5 CARLOS TEVEZ If one man could possibly do more to drag a team through game after game I am yet to see it. Not only is a constant thorn in most Premier League defenders sides but is also as class act. Chipping in with 29 goals last season and countless assists, despite his media mongering this season has already ploughed 12 goals in only 17 games.
#4 TIM CAHILL Is there a better header of the ball in the world? If only we could take his heading ability and somehow attach it to Nikola Zigic. . . . Frightening prospect. Dreams apart, Cahill is undoubtedly a class act the only thing that has puzzled me with the Aussie is that a ‘bigger’ club hasn’t come in for his services. Maybe Carson Yeung is planning a January swoop. . . . Or, maybe not.
#3 CESC FABREGAS The World Cup winner is truly a pass master. At times on Saturday I felt so sorry for Birmingham’s midfield trio as the nearest they got to Cesc was shaking the maestros hand as they were walking off the pitch. Even managed to survive a Bowyer cruncher which many an apposing midfielder has succumb too. In partnership with the brilliant Nasri absolutely murdered us. Hopefully if we meet at Wembley Mr Wenger will take pity and give their Under 9’s Academy players a run out.
#2 JOE HART This is a bit of a biased one in all honesty, for his great work in keeping out the Premier Leagues best last season and continuing his fantastic form into his Manchester City performances this time out. Only thing I (along with most of the country) will never understand is why a certain Italian didn’t think him good enough to keep goal in South Africa. Always due a Heroes welcome at St Andrews.
#1 GARETH BALE As far as meteoric rises go this guy takes some beating. I remember hearing about him from a few friends in Birmingham’s Youth team after playing against Southampton years back. When he signed for Spurs I thought he was going the same way Francis Jeffers and would soon be unheard of. My god he proved me wrong, I am only thankful that we only have to play Spurs twice a season. I don’t know AC Milan’s full back personally, but I wouldn’t like to be him come 15th February. Why oh why can’t he be English.
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