So, there’s relatively little to talk about right now, but there are a couple of interesting things. First and foremost, I’ve started writing for ESPN Soccernet and my first post can be found here. Don’t worry, though, I’ll be here as always, continuing to eat too much chocolate and blathering about Tin Tin and whatnot during match previews and editorial spins around the block. And the rest of the team will still be here continuing to show me up with their facts and intelligent opinions.
The news today is basically a series of “who is the baby mama?” links and speculation, as well as the fact that Sport thinks that in looking for a backup to Busi we’re considering Marcos Senna. He’s 34! That’s how awesome today’s news is. Marcos Senna has been linked to us (finally), but of course it’s completely absurd. Carlos Marchena and Gilberto Silva round out the “gimme a break” category, in case you were wondering.
There are 9 other names, of course: Mascherano, Wilson Palacios, Nigel de Jong (at least he wouldn’t take guff from Xabi Alonso in a clásico…), Moussa Sissoko, Etienne Capoue, Mario Bolatti, Alberto Zapater, Alou Diarra, Mathieu Flamini, and Tonny Annan. Of those, I haven’t seen Sissoko, Capoue, Zapater, Diarra, or Annan play, so I’ll let you all talk about them in the comments. I’m not in favor of Mascherano (overrated and too expensive), de Jong (see link above), Bolatti (who I’ve only seen play with Argentina, but he made me shrug then), or Flamini (was never very impressed with his overall abilities). So that really leaves Palacios, who I’ve actually always enjoyed watching despite being unsure of his capabilities–that’s sort of how I feel about all of Tottenham though: they’re fun to watch, but are they really actually any good at all? I don’t know!–so, really, I would rather take a gamble on a highly rated Sissoko or Capoue than on an over-priced player like a Masch or Flamini.
More tomorrow as the newspaper continue to spit things out.