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February 23, 2010

The mystery of Ljubo Milicic

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 3:40 am

The Ljubo-monster ain`t doing too badly at the moment.  He`s keeping his head down, not giving interviews and getting on with the job of playing football.  That is a decent partnership he has with Hyphen.

But.  Yeah, there is always a but when you talk about Ljubo.  But, one of the more intelligent Aussie centrebacks running around in the A-league is no longer pushing into the midfield.  Recently Hyphen has been given the freedom to roam, whilst Ljubo anchors the defence.  No offense to Hyphen, but he doesn`t have Ljubo`s nous, vision or passing range. That is no insult at all.  Not many centrebacks at this level do.

So what is going on?

Could it be a pout from Ljubo?  Probably not, as he is getting on with his job quite well.  But I did imagine a scenario where Branko asked Ljubo to time share the roaming duties with Hyphen, and he had a hissy fit and said “no thanks, I`ll just stay back here”.  I quickly dismissed this idea, cos he doesn`t look like he is pouting at the moment.

Could it be because of a fear that he isn`t quick enough to get back to his defensive duties?  Or that he doesn`t have the stamina to play a roaming game over 90 plus minutes?

Could it be because Wheelhouse and Da`Puzzo are doing such a nice job in the engine room that Ljubo doesn`t want to crowd their space?  Yeah, Da`Puzzo was at left back last game, but I reckon he works well in centre midfield.

Could it be because Branko thinks that Hyphen is the better player in that roaming defender role?  I feel a bit silly mentioning this last one.

I have no freaking clue.

Guess that is why I called it a mystery.



  1. It will be a shame if Ljubo goes to Heart.

    Comment by john — February 27, 2010 @ 3:51 am

  2. He is from Victoria, so he might want to head closer to the family and friends etc

    Comment by notyalcsdrawkcab — February 27, 2010 @ 8:55 am

  3. poor old Newcastle. Aside from that Culina has worked hard to keep him on track. He would be back in dangerous territory in Vic (all sorts of rumours). He needs a strong figure to guide him.

    Besides he owns Newcastle fans.

    Comment by john — March 1, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    • i`m hoping he stays – his time at the Vic was pretty much wasted. injuries didn`t help, but him, muscat and ernie wasn`t working.

      Comment by notyalcsdrawkcab — March 7, 2010 @ 3:55 am

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