Sunday, August 24, 2008

Weekend Notes 8/24/08

The first footballing week is over in England for this 2008/2009 campaign. The top flight should prove very interesting, as it has proven over the last decade in becoming the paragon for success, profit, and entertainment. There are already several interesting subplots developing.

Roy Keane made a real shrewd buy in Djibril Cisse. Before Cisse joined Liverpool in 2004 he had completely dominated in Ligue 1 and, at only 20, seemed like one of the best young players in the world. Of course, he broke his leg horrifically and had various other injuries since, but was relatively healthy last year playing for Marseille and could have very high reward. There is definite upside. Cisse, if healthy, will get 15+ goals in the English top flight, even for Sunderland. Coupled with the other shrewd buys Keane has made this year (Malbranque, Ferdinand) I like Sunderland to finish mid-table this season, for sure... if Cisse avoids injury.

Spurs are floundering a bit. They clearly need to offload Berbatov, moving Modric forward to partner Bent, with Huddlestone slotting in the midfield alongside Jenas. This time last year Spurs had too many strikers, but what a difference a year makes? Regardless, if Bent produces, and Bale, Woodgate and King stay healthy then Tottenham's quality should persevere and they should find themselves contending for Europe next spring, and likely failing.

United play later today against Portsmouth in their second match of the season, and I think we'd be lucky to win it, with our current depleted squad.

The muse aren't always kind, and I am not always interesting! Bear with!

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