Hello all you wonderful people.
Isn’t it great to see another South African plying his trade in the English Premier League? Or is it?
Man, I’ve felt so bad for Percy Tau.
All the wanking this end about how great he is and how selfish his teammates are at Brighton…
To be honest, he looks completely out of his depth. When he has received the ball, his first touch and close control has been poor, the couple of shots he’s had have gone skew and positionally, it just seems like he doesn’t understand the game!
I’m really hoping – as with many players who come into the EPL, not least Timo Werner – that time will see him settle, get into his rhythm, lose the nerves and show what he has to offer.
Right now I’m seeing this little old man running around (off the pace) and it’s a bit of an embarrassment.
I understand the patriotic sentiment, I probably more than most want to see him become a huge success, but the comments and articles I’ve been reading leave me scratching my head?
Why is getting so much praise in SA?
As we all know the Premier League is a whole other animal. Whoever you are and whatever type of football you play you have to become super physical, both from a resilience point of view, being able to withstand challenges and from a fitness perspective.
I mean look at Kai Havertz – widely recognised as one of Europe’s most promising players. His silky touch and calm approach gets eaten up by terrier-like players in the middle of the park. When the ball is lost and the opponent is transitioning into attack, it ain’t like the old days when you leave your defensive midfielders and backline to do the job.
Today, every player plays a role in defending. Percy is going have to up his game all round to make any kind of impact at all. He’ll need to work out and work into coach Graham Potter’s system…
Anyway, talking of non-performing players, where the hell has Bruno Fernandes disappeared to?
In my humble opinion actually the worst player on the pitch (again) on Sunday evening.
It’s laughable that Manchester United fans compare him to the great Eric Cantona.
Now as you know I hate United, but I very much respect certain people attached to the club.
As a football fan, how can you not respect King Cantona? A proper legend, a man who brought finesse, something special, game-winning moments and Kung Fu kicks.
Ok, Fernandes made a difference when he arrived, but he was a hard-working decent addition amongst a bunch of annoying brats who weren’t playing for their club.
But now that the side is galvanising, he’s completely dropped away. I’d like to hear your opinion on that.
Liverpool completely dominated the first half, but slowly United found their way in the second half and for me provided one of their better showings this season.
Largely due to the understated and underrated Scott McTominay (and Paul Pogba) who worked tirelessly and even Fred put in a noticeable 45. In the end and much to the joy of all of us neutrals (not that Chelsea are going to challenge this season) a draw was probably a fair result.
Not enough solid chances created either way.
League action continues tonight with a tough one for Frankie Lampard as the Blues travel to high-flying Leicester and tomorrow night Fulham host Manchester United at the Cottage.
Scott Parker is finally getting the best out of his squad and for me, had it not been for a stupid red card on Saturday, could have quite easily beaten Chelsea. Not gonna be an easy ride for the Red Devils.
On a very serious note, we all have friends or family or colleagues who have been ill, are ill, or who have passed away from Covid-19. It ain’t a joke and it’s close… stay safe good people, be vigilant, chat next week.