Friday, December 27, 2013

I certainly hope you can spot ones this fictional by now.

No, Cardiff and Fulham have not made offers for Roma midfielder Michael Bradley. Duh.




- Greg Seltzer

26 comments:

Tony M said...

Thank god. I prefer him where he is, thank you very much

paul said...

"...at a time when Sunderland were also eyeing the 26-year-old..."

That would improve Jozy's service. ;)

dikranovich said...

it does seem more than likely that at some point, junior is going to be back in the epl.

dikranovich said...

ps: I don't know if you guys heard, but along with gooch and sacha stashe, our girl pia sundage has joined the list of those who busted up ibra with a nice verbal barrage.

gooch of course used his fist!!!

dikranovich said...

after today, Michael Bradley might be in London before the weeks out, and obviously deuce will be getting big minutes over the next couple months.

dikranovich said...

ALERT, ALERT, ALERT: jozy altidore starting for sunderland today. he is on the road, so he will not have to hear it from the fans. jozy might actually score a brace today.

dikranovich said...

oh, and if you cant find the game, that's because it is on the full NBC

mark said...

Not just a goal but a brace right

dikranovich said...

well, lets just say his team scored a brace to turn a two goal deficit. jozy can be slow, and because he does not have great off the ball movement, he can look clumsy and he will miss chances like the one he had today. and im not saying suarez would have definitely put that rebound home, but jozy should have scored a goal today.

he did his job though, and sunderland made three subs and none was for our boy. the new year is a chance for jozy to bring a new game, which will be one that includes a nice haul of goals.

it is pulling for jozy to up his game in 2014. just play 2014 we can call it.

Kirk Diggler said...

Jozy is probably not Premiere League quality. I thought he was piss poor today. His body language says it all. Doesn't want to be there.

His work rate is not that good. Several times he slowly walked back instead of pursuing the man with the ball, this while his teammates were pressing high up the pitch. If he isn't going to score (and he SHOULD HAVE scored that sitter), then he better work damn hard.

He is being excoriated on the Sunderland boards right now, calling him one of the worst strikers Sunderland has ever purchased. One goal in 17 games is just bad. I know the service isn't always there, but his runs and positioning can be poor. Clearly he has no confidence, which compounds things.

Fletcher is just technically better than Jozy, and much better suited to set pieces and scoring from crosses. For a big man Jozy is worthless in the air, and rarely seems willing to tangle with the CB's. The Dutch league spoiled him I'm afraid. He just isn't up to it at the moment.

Greg Seltzer said...

On what planet was that a sitter? Altidore derangement syndrome is out of control.

dikranovich said...

greg, for you and I that was maybe not a sitter, if we were out playing on the lawn in front of the van gogh museum. for a defender in a big league the world over, that's maybe not a sitter, but for a striker, for a professional striker, a number 9, that is a sitter.

its not the end of the world, Donovan missed a sitter when he was at everton on his first loan, and he still brought his A game to south Africa.

Greg Seltzer said...

You, and apparently many other people out there, do not know what a sitter is. Plain and simple.

dikranovich said...

sb nation has the play running on a loop, and it is slowed down a little, and when seeing it this way, it looks pretty much like a sitter.

watching it live, I said, "jozy............." greg, if you cant admit you watched this live and did not bemoan the missed opportunity, then im a monkeys uncle.

futfan said...

Altidore's miss looked much worse than it was. It was a good opportunity but it was a very tough, bang-bang play and he would have done very well to put it in the back of the net.

The problem with it is that Jozy can't 'afford' to miss. For himself and for his team. The miss just adds to the growing (if not already solidified) belief that he can't cut it as a top flight striker.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yes, when I saw it live I yelled CMON! at the screen. However, when actually got a proper look at it, I quickly realized I would be a complete doofus to freak out over a missed sitter that was not a sitter at all. And that, had he scored there, most of the people currently blaring how he missed a sitter would be dismissing the goal because it more caromed off him than he executed a shot. Which makes total sense because he made contact on a split second notice from a ball zinging along the face of goal with English on it with the foot he was already about to plant taking a step.

But who cares about all that. It is only reality getting in the way of an attack on the player. This play was the perfect fool's gold for folks eager to grind an axe against Altidore.

dikranovich said...

he was just wrong footed. he was standing on his right foot, when he should have been standing on his left foot and using his right foot to knock it in.

he was wrong footed, that's all. yes, it is a split second reaction, but if he is planted with his left foot and knocking in with his right, he scores that goal pretty routinely.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeeeeeeaaaaaah, that is not correct at all. Watch it again. He was in mid-stride, putting one foot (the right) in front of the other, just like the penguin taught us in that Christmas special. His right foot is already past its highest point of the step and on its way down to ground when he slightly alters his stride to make contact with the ball when he nearly straight in front of the post. It was always going to be a tough play.

dikranovich said...

why don't you put the play up on loop so we can look at it and dissect it.

it was a sitter and he was wrong footed

Greg Seltzer said...

And you should find a job where you can get paid by how intentionally wrong you are.

If you or anyone wants to see what it looks like when Altidore misses a sitter, check the corner kick at the very start of this clip. THAT is a missed sitter.

http://youtu.be/3Iynb5apMRY

dikranovich said...

dude...........

Kirk Diggler said...

It may not have been a true sitter as in "easy".... but it scooted across the goal mouth. Jozy was there. He missed it. Whiffed almost. Sorry, he needs to put that home.

The guy doing color commentary with Arlo White (Graeme Le Saux, Lee Dixon?) agreed that Altidore needed to put it away. He went easy on him, but said he should have done better.

I have no axe to grind with Altidore, wish he would start scoring, but there is no way anyone can objectively look at the game he played and say he was anything but uninspired. His thought process is slow, he is not on the same page with his teammates, he is knocked off the ball rather easily (which is bizarre since I've since him on occasion give EPL CB's a tough time physically.

I actually think Jozy is better than Olivier Giroud (who is utter garbage), and would be much better playing in Arsenal's ground passing system. I don't doubt for a second he would have bagged more than Giroud's 11 in all competitions by now.

Jozy looks like Fernando Torres did when he first came to Chelsea, shows flashes of talent but can't put it together. Torres would miss very similar chances to the one Altidore botched, and would be rightly criticized for it.

Sunderland needs goals. Jozy needs to work harder and show much better body language and start earning his pay.

dikranovich said...

kirk, first you say jozy is not premiere league quality, then you say he is better than giroud, who has eleven goals, but you say he is garbage.

I don't know, jozy would surely have some goals if he played for arsenal.....maybe... what???

maybe sacha is ready for a move to sunderland and he could become the provider for jozy.

I bet marvell wynne would smoke joe gyau, josh gatt, and the other guy.

Kirk Diggler said...

I don't think Giroud is good enough for Arsenal. Either is Jozy but I think he is better suited for their style of play and would have more goals than Giroud.

Jozy is borderline right now. He has scored 2 goals in over 40 league games in his career. Granted he has been stuck with two crap teams, but why is Steven Fletcher's (14 in 43 games) strike rate better? Jozy isn't talented enough for a top 4-5 team nor does he do the small things well enough for a mid-table club.

Ricky Lambert scores more for Southampton. 21 goals in 1 1/2 seasons. He was in division 3 a few years ago.

Grant Holt scored 23 goals! Grant friggin Holt scored 23 goals in 2 seasons for the powerhouse Norwich City club. 5 years ago he was in the 4th division.

They score because they actually know how to win balls in the air. Their work rates are better. Jozy wants to be a flair player for a blue collar team. It ain't gonna happen. Let him learn how to work hard for it, he's not going to get world class service, Giaccherini (who makes Sacha look like a beer league player) is more concerned about his own shot than being a facilitator. Jozy probably needs to go to the Championship like Holt and Lambert and many others who worked their way up in order to learn how to score the unspectacular goals. Just a fact.

dikranovich said...

kirk, you make some fair points, but also, these guys, holt and lambert, they played with these teams Norwich and Southampton in the lower division, and did work their way up with the teams.

jozy is coming into a team, that had a nut job coach, who got fired and jozy is still trying to find his groove.

JA can be a big contributor this summer and I think we can all agree on that and it might not even be necessary that he score goals in the epl to go and score in brasil, but it would be nice.

I don't think jozy not winning balls in the air is the reason for him not scoring. poor movement, is a reason, so so first touch, is a reason, a lack of confidence, maybe a reason also.

ja, give jozy strength in 2014!!!!

Kirk Diggler said...

I am honestly rooting for the guy. He just disappoints sometimes. I agree he can still score goals in Brazil because Bradley-Jones-Donovan-Dempsey are better than any four players at Sunderland.

You mention poor movement... well better movement/positioning would at least put him in a position to use his head.