Bale ForceI wish Gareth Bale wasavailable to FabioCapello. The kid is sogifted. Now he has theconfidence to support hisability and is an example of ayoung player taking an opportunity whenit comes his way at Tottenham. He's beenlike a new signing in the second half ofthe season. With that sweet left foot, he could be world class.
Winging it Florent Malouda lookedlike one of thoselightweight players whowouldn't be able tohandle the power andintensity of the Englishgame. He gets better with each seasonhere. He can play wide, he can also play asan inside left and more central too. Youcan see he has worked on his strength and he was too much for West Ham.
Robin Points How far clear at the topwould Arsenal be if Robinvan Persie had remainedfit? They could haveromped away with theleague. Even without him,Nicklas Bendtner ismaking a decent fist of it. His header atStoke, three against Porto and a poacher'swinner at Hull show he's got the ability to back up his confidence.
Owen for safetyAweekend that showed why Owen Coyle changed clubs and the influence hehas had: Bolton 4 Wigan 0; Burnley 1 Wolves 2. His new team are headingfor safety after moving six points clear of the bottom three. The teamhe left behind are sinking fast. It might explain why he moved on whenfew were sure why.
He's SpecialThe spotlight will be on a special manager in west London this week, but Inter Milan will need a special defender.Lucio is a monster stopper and his challenge after 45 seconds on Didier Drogba set the tone for the first leg.The second leg is live on Sky Sports tomorrow . . . seconds out, round two!
Neville Ending Two for Wayne Rooney for United, threefor Lionel Messi for Barca. As the two of them slug it out, GaryNeville must be worth a mention too. He must get a new contract. What'sto be debated? Nev's proving he can still do a job and don'tunderestimate the influence he will have in that dressing room.It's no surprise to me that he's back on Fabio Capello's radar.
Free for allJoeCole on a free? You can feel the queue forming already. Where else canyou get a £20million player for nothing? The thing with Joe is that heneeds a manager who believes in him. That doesn't seem to be the caseat Chelsea, but there are plenty of others who will. Can Chelsea reallyafford to let him go?
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