Holman is going to the UAE. A lot of people are thinking that he is taking the money, or taking the easy way out. But i don’t think that is being fair on him. Did he have other choices? Oz players are not the flavour of the month. Wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t have other clubs calling. Or if they were, maybe the offers were less than half the UAE offer. Money isn’t everything, but it is a very good indicator of a person’s value / priority to an employer. 2010 was Brett’s coming out party, and for a while, he was the man for the roos. I dunno if it is skills or temperment, but he needs to play in the central attacking mid spot to produce. recent attempts to play him at left attacking and right attacking were pretty awful. And i don’t see the energy / workrate / run that he used to provide. for a while he was that headless chook / energiser bunny maniac who everyone loved / hated who couldn’t hit the side of a barn / was the only guy who looked like they could make something happen. polarising. but i think that stage of his career is over. a year on the bench at aston villa doesn’t help, but i think he is an old 29 years old (or however old he is). he is now a more mature player, with all the good and bad connotations that has. calmer. was pleasantly surprised by his passing against jordan. woulda loved to see him in the a-league next year, but maybe we’ll see him there sooner rather than later.
June 21, 2013
June 20, 2013
In the Oz team, Lucas Neill was playing despite having a club earlier. Was playing in a friendly despite not being able to play in the qualifier that followed. Holman has been persisted with despite not getting game time with his club.
I look over to Japan, and Endo and Konno are playing despite being in J2, and Maeda plays despite poor club form.
These guys are all known quantities, coaches know what they are getting when they call on these old hands. And the coaches can argue that they got it right. Australia finished well, and guys like Neill and Holman played well and gave leadership. Japan was the first country to qualify, played well against Italy.
But I think there is some real damage being done to team unity and morale when you play favourites within teams. Different rules for different people. How can non-favourites not resent that? Creates an us and a them within a team when there should only be a we.
June 16, 2013
we get so used to seeing players dedicate themselves to the sport that it feels weird to see players make choices for other reasons?
dude is leaving the champion team … to reduce his commute? my first thought was “how dare you not be ridiculously focused on football” but even as i was thinking it, it felt wrong …
we complain when players are footballing savants who are focused on nothing but footy, then complain when they aren’t.
pedj is just on the cusp of the oz squad imho. i rate him higher than my team’s ivan franjic (who i also reckon is pretty good). a very underrated piece of last year’s champion team. feels a bit weird to see him to a mess like sydney …