Another long-range world-class game-winning strike from our flying Welshman. I don’t think I need to say how important it is we keep him next season, so I won’t.
I thought Parker had his best game of the season on Sunday. He was back to somewhere near his bustling best, chasing players down, tackling, and starting an attack.
Another goal for the little Ivorian on loan in Italy.
Through to the final, which is tonight (Monday) at Old Trafford vs United. Be nice to see a few of them get some game time in the Europa League next season.
He’ll get a lot of stick for as long as we fail to consistently qualify for the Champions League, even more so when there are quite clearly some holes in the squad that would have been addressed had Levy not buggered about with the negotiations.
I said he’ll get stick for as long as we don’t qualify for the CL because even if he splashed the cash and we came up short, people would say ‘why is he spending that much on those players?’. Sometimes you can’t win, but this summer is a prime opportunity for Levy to convince his biggest doubters.
After some decent cameos, Hudd had a bit of stinker here. He did a lot of good stuff, and the way he falls back into a centre back/quarter back position which allows our centre backs to split and the full backs to really bomb on is very nice, but he was caught in possession a few times and for someone operating so deep, with so little pace to help him recover, getting caught in possession was criminal.
The feeling prevails that he is a ‘special team’ player – someone who comes onto the pitch in a certain match scenario, but not someone who starts and plays game in, game out. Ultimately I feel he isn’t good enough for what we want, which is a shame because I’m a fan of him but at some point you have to accept that some potential will remain unfulfilled.
What a muppet. He is lucky that Bale scored and Newcastle didn’t, otherwise there would have been hell to pay.
There will be an Good Season/Bad Season column next week. You can also be one of the now eight people who read my blog http://block31.blogspot.co.uk/