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Behold, The Unluckiest Man In Football…

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Jun 152010
 

Step up Ledley King, as we all know the England and Tottenham center half is likely to be out for the next 3 weeks. How does this rate on the luck scale? well when you consider Ledley last played a major tournament for England in Euro 2004 but had to fly home during the group stages after an impressive performance agaisnt France due to the birth of his first child (Yes it was a bit awful timing but it showed Ledley to be the true decent,honest and loyal man he is). I’d say his luck is off the scale.

Since 2004, Ledley has been plagued by his mysterious knee injury which prevents him training with the rest of the team. After each match his knee swells up and he is in pain for a few days. On average now if other injuries permit he can manage 1 game a week for Tottenham. The most amazing part of this story is the fact that Ledley is still one of the best defenders in the Premier League, he was instrumental in Tottenham finishing in the top 4 for the first time this season.

King picked up a groin injury agaisnt USA in Englands World Cup opening match, a scan has revealed a tear which is likley to mean 3 weeks out for Ledley and probably the end of his tournament. He has had the worst luck in football from a personal point of view in the last 5 years, god only knows how good he could have been if he wasn’t cursed with a crocked knee. Harry Redknapp himself even says it would be scary to think just how good this guy could be because he is one of the best defenders around and doesn’t even train. It defies all logic.

It is a shame but I am glad his talent has been seen by Capello and he got his chance, I just hope that Dawson is the man to replace him although somehow I doubt it. All Spurs fans know just how good King and Dawson are and could do a job for England. The only thing that bugs me is all the non Tottenham fans coming out and saying this just proves that Ledley should never have gone to South Africa. Do they even know that this is a completely new injury that King has picked up? do they even care? No!, they just jump on the Ledley King bandwagon. Let me tell you that if Ledders had managed to keep himself fit all his career I would bet my life he would have been England captain, he has the attitude,ability and character.

When it comes to football I declare Ledley King the unluckiest man in recent times, but maybe it is a blessing in disguise because if he had kept fit would he still be a Tottenham player? my heart says yes but who knows what big offers would have come in for him.

Jun 122010
 

Tonight will see the 3 lions kick off their World Cup 2010 campaign agaisnt the USA, now most people are thinking that the USA could very well be capable of causing an upset tonight, but not me, and why?. Simple because for the same reason Tottenham finished in the top 4 of the Premier League last season, and that reason is “WE’VE GOT LEDLEY AT THE BACK”.

If you want my opinion I think Rio Ferdinand’s injury could turn out to be a blessing for England, not only do I think Rio was lacking in fitness but also he hadn’t had the best of seasons. The only scenario that could have been better would have been if it happend to John Terry instead and then Wayne Bridge could have been called up too. But we can’t have it all and it looks like tonight that Ledley will get the nod to partner John Terry at the back. Ledley didn’t have the best game agaisnt Mexico the other week but let’s take into account it was his first England game for 3 years. I know the ability Ledley has and tonight he will prove me right, in Euro 2004 he was thrown in at the deep end and even though we lost to France in the last minute, Ledley didn’t put a foot wrong for the whole 90 mins. He had to then leave the tournament due to the birth of his first child.

As a Spurs fan I would love to see Dawson given a chance at some stage in the tournament over Carragher and Upson who again haven’t had the best of seasons with their respective clubs. Dawson and Ledley at the back for England would bring a tear of joy to my eyes. I think it is such a shame about the injury that has plagued King for the past few years now, I think had he not had this curse then he would be England captain, all you have to do is look at his ability and reputation and the fact that Tottenham are a different side when he plays to know he holds all the key attributes to be a captain, this might sound biased and probably is but i’ve seen it week in week out for Tottenham.

Let us all remember when Thierry Henry said he felt King was the best defender he had ever come up against.

He said: “I don’t like defenders who hold the shirts of other players. The only defender here who doesn’t do that and sometimes still gets the ball off my feet easily is Ledley King.

“He is the only guy who doesn’t hold players. He will get the ball off you without you even noticing. For me, that is a good defender.

“He plays without any contact yet is somehow still strong and gets the ball without doing any fouls.”

Now this is coming from a Thierry Henry who was in his peak and the best player in England at the time of his comments. So tonight I am confident of a solid England back line with King and Terry at the back, I am also hoping Capello makes the right choice and starts Aaron Lennon on the right wing and lets him do what he does best.

Like the rest of you I will be hoping all of the Tottenham boys do well and bring the cup home for England so we can tell all the Gooners how Tottenham won the World Cup in 2010.  Come on England!!

Ledley King – Would He Be In Your 23?

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May 312010
 


Many have suggested that Spurs defenders Ledley King is a must for the plane to South Africa, whilst others have had question marks over his fitness. For me it’s a no brainer, he is being touted as being better than both Rio and Terry but can he handle 3 games in quick succession? Why not, he managed to do it for Tottenham. What I don’t understand is the fact that everyone is questioning his fitness level due to missing games throughout the domestic season, now let’s get one thing straight here, Ledley played double the premiership games to Rio Ferdinand last season, so why is Ledley’s fitness the one in question?
I remember back in Euro 2004 when Ledley was thrown in at the deep end for the opening game agaisnt France and put on a very impressive display then. Theirry Henry classed him as the best defender he has ever faced. I for one don’t feel that people have noticed just how good Ledley King really is, he reads the game better than any other defender and personally due to the poor season John Terry had I would put him at the back with Rio for as many games as he can handle.

What are your thoughts, people are debating whether he should even be in the squad but for me he should be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Capello To Name Final 23

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May 312010
 

Tomorrow Mr Capello will narrow his 30 man squad down to just 23, and I fear that at best 2 Spurs players will not make the cut. You have the likes of Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson who have had a great season for Tottenham but have only come into late contention for England call ups.

Dawson is the one I fear for the most has during the last 2 Friendlies has failed to feature at any stage, but then again neither has upson. I suppose the number of defenders sent home depends on whether Capello is confident of the fitness of Ledley King, if he is then it could spell the end for both Dawson and Upson. The likelyhood is also that Tom Huddlestone will follow them both out of rht squad along with either Adam Johnson or Scott Parker or even both. Also Wright-phillips or Walcott will possibly give way. Almost certainly one of the 2 left backs will go which will probably be Stephen Warnock.

Out of the forwards I think its between Darren Bent and Heskey as to who doesn’t make the journey but I also fear for our very own Defoe as he is not currently in his best form. Tomorrow we will find out for sure, but I suspect it will be 2 or 3 Tottenham players staying at home this summer, however even if that is the case they will all still have England caps to come in the future.