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Mellberg Will Do The Best He Can

Olof Mellberg has confirmed that he isn't a recognised right-back despite some fans protestations that he plays for Sweden in that position.

In an interview on the official site, he says the last time he played there for Sweden was four years ago.

I would say how remiss it is that we now don't have a recognised right-back at the club but it is old ground now and too late anyway and would be seen as negative or sacrilege, guess we'll just have to wait until January! Even then surely we will need two for squad depth? Sorry, there I was off again, negative negative negative, it IS ok not to have a recognised right back, it is, it is, it is. If I say it enough I'll start to believe it won't I?

The 30-year-old defender said: 'I'll try to do the job as best I can at right-back if that is where the gaffer wants me. I played there for Sweden four years ago, so it's been quite a while. I played a few games at the beginning of the season last year at right-back.'

On the role he continued, 'When we played Manchester City we wanted to win the game, so that meant a lot more attacking for me. I find it more tiring, especially when you play in a game like the one we had at Man City. We looked at the statistics and I was way up there in terms of distance covered. It's a fact that you run more in a game as a right-back compared to centre-back.'

I could be totally wrong, but he doesn't exactly seem thrilled playing there does he?



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday September 23 2007
Time: 11:20AM

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No he doesn't JF, and I cant say I blame him. Like you I agree that going into the season without a specialist right full back was a serious error of judgement by MON, but again like you, I agree that that's all water under the bridge now. Olof will do his best, continually giving 100%, but then we all knew that. He's a true Villan, claret and blue through and through, and all credit to him for putting the club first, and 'covering' at right full back until hopefully in the January window, a specialist arrives.
glensider
23/09/2007 21:18:00
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I also thought this would haunt us - although I was expecting people to look less uncomfortable in that role than they have done. I really haven't seen too much evidence of people thrashing us down that side to date - or have I missed it? Just shows - MON sees stuff that we don't & we have to place some belief in his judgement. That's why he is there, and he lives and dies by it. We could have got some kind of "filler" in place - but maybe there is a plan in place & our first choice is all lined up for Jan or next summer. Save our money for where it is really needed (it is NOT a bottomless pit!) If we can continue in the same vein that we've started, then MON will be vindicated in his approach I feel.
YatesyVillain
24/09/2007 05:57:00
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*sorry...less comfortable!
YatesyVillain
24/09/2007 05:58:00
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He is a player who will give his all what ever position, I suspect he would rather play right back than warm the bench.
col8
24/09/2007 06:41:00
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Strategically, rather than tactically, it also means that MON can keep a great defender at the club rather than have him wanting to leave because there is too much competition for central defender places. Olof is damn good cover for CB and RB, and will do a good job for us until our real target is available.
BobTheBuilder
24/09/2007 15:28:00
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Still no sign of him signing a deal though. talk was we'd have him and luke signed up by the end of the month. All seems very quiet though on that front.
glensider
27/09/2007 14:38:00
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