Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Paul Scholes for Player of the Year!!

I rolled through the pages in this blog and was trying to find out how I have been gibbering around over the 2 years of writing. I noticed I have written very few posts about football, though about 5 hours of my day in general go by reading through football columns/watching football/discussing football with colleagues and friends. That came as a surprise to me. What was even more surprising was the fact that I haven't written about my love for Manchester United much either. For people who don't understand the seriousness of that thing, the depth to which my love for that Football Club goes can be understood by the fact that I am devising a strong plan to convince my future life partner to think of Manchester as a honeymoon destination. A trip to Old Trafford on the itinerary of course!

Manchester United became one real obsession for me because of this guy from school, who is coincidentally rubbing his shoulders against co-Man United fans at Old Trafford right now. Paul Scholes was the star of the then United team that he was vouching for. He showed videos and gave boring lectures about his genius and other such things.(the choice of the word boring is not a surprise because for a 'not-yet-a-football-fan', these lengthy sessions are sure act as sedatives.) But yea, I became a fan soon enough and went around shouting: my favorite player was Paul Scholes.

I know it is not any occasion to talk about Scholes right now since the time is not too right viz. he has not just hung his boots or won the ballon d'or or something of that sort recently. But his masterclass is the main talking point after the curtains went down for the all exciting Premier League season 2010-11. Ferguson selected the same front six - Valencia, Fletcher, Scholes, Nani, Berbatov and Rooney - for the opening-weekend clash with Birmingham last August. But Scholes yesterday didn't look like the Scholes then. A lot of media love-in is being bestowed on our 35 year old master. Paul Scholes for Player of the year? is a question that doesn't become too irrelevant. More so after having witnessed how Ryan Giggs won it last April after just 12 league appearances. In my opinion Scholes looks the best player in the league when he plays. But the thing to worry about is the fact that he starts only half the league games in any season. 38 in the last two combined - statistically. He hasn't featured in the tried and tested 4 man midfield games against top opposition. That's a fact I have to agree, but he is definitely a "pass master" like SAF put it after Monday's match. No doubting his vision and skills.

Scholes was an unused substitute in United's first loss last season against Burnley. He then returned to the starting line up for the ensuing weekend's match at Wigan. Which United won. 5-0. Go figure. Ok, after I have hyped up so much, I know what you are driving at. He cannot tackle and he has seemingly never realized that he cannot. Those are the two bad things about him. But which other English player in the last twenty years has controlled and decided games form the midfield better than Scholes?

Paul Scholes for Player of the Year!!! Anyone???

P.S : My blog clearly demanded some space for my favorite footballer and here I go. This one is for posterity. I'd definitely look back at this one after his career at United.

4 comments:

raghu said...

Dude dont tell me...two games on a row and media puts him on top of the world plus the hype that FabCap asked him to come out of retirement...

I do agree scholes was on a league of his own in the last two games...and i loved the way he dictated play...but there have been better players in the league...roy keane, steven gerrard...

I am not a fanatic and i wudn even consider putting lampard in that genre...

Just that this guy plays only half the games he didn take part in the world cup...he is 100% match fit and tats why he is looking a class apart...likewise impressive performances by berba and nani are also bcoz of the same...

And its the same formula why sachin is still performing...the guy's got talent he gets proper breaks to refresh...he is match fit most of the times and he plays well..

Lets not jump into conclusions right away...I wish he stays away from injury and plays a handful of games and then lets see whether scholes keeps up the form and then talk abt it..right?

Remark on KT being a die-hard ManU fan...I can keep talking abt this for hours and so do you but the little known fact is that when we guys were on the Orkut craze he was a memnber of every "Lampard Fan Club" community on orkut...any takes on that?

Pradeep Sekhar said...

@Raghu : dei naane player of the year nu lam comedy panitu irukken..neeyum seriousa eduthukitu oru essay eludhirka...

And regarding KT matters,

Avan characteraye nee purinjika matriye da...avan Lampard fan aa irukardhuku karanam avan England National football team in theevira rasigan... :-)

Manoj said...

Dei goyyale... F365 e apdiye paraphrase panriya?

But yeah, cant disagree with the article.. England's own Xavi or is Xavi Spain's Scholes?

Pradeep Sekhar said...

@Manoj:
Yea da was reading through the 16 conclusions thingy..appo than eludhalam nu idea vandhudhu.