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Mixed Fortunes For Heskey

Mixed Fortunes For Heskey

Friday could be an interesting time for our own Emile Heskey as Fabio Capello seems unsure on whether to stick with the big man or make a change.

As was said at the time, against the US of A we saw the best and worst of Emile Heskey. A fantastic performance, winning everything in the air and holding the ball up perfectly for the overhyped in England's midfield to get into the game.

Proof of the pudding being when he set up Gerrard for the opener and it wasn't the only chance he helped set up or create, but when push came to shove and he was clean through on Tim Howard no Villa fan (or non Villa but England fan for that matter) had any faith whatsoever that the ball would land in the back of the net.

It didn't, and the press since has been about a brilliant performance overall, but yet the age old concerns of can you carry a striker who simply does not score.

It seems this conundrum hasn't escaped Capello either who said recently on his first 11 selection for Algeria:

'I have to decide about two positions, the goalkeeper and the next forward.'

Capello's decision rests on Heskey or Defoe...not Crouch. But as he also confirmed Barry would return maybe he'll surprise everyone and just go with Rooney upfront?

The selection headache is something that can only have been round the corner with Heskey, had he not been presented with the chance in the first place his stock would probably be higher because he'd have had nothing to miss and because of his scoring record he is an easy target.

There are far more people, well 5 of them actually who's performances against the USA should call into question their selection, but whilst Fabio may be his own man can you really imagine him dropping Rooney, Gerrard or Lampard? I'd be surprised if Lennon or SWP got near the team, but their every error or impotence isn't blamed on an easy target or forgotten because they have media friendly names in the England set up.

By the same token, whilst being excellent at club level Defoe has hardly showered himself in glory when given a chance at International level either.

However he can quite easily sit there for 89 minutes then put the ball in the net, something you don't expect from Heskey.

With all that said though, over the past few days Heskey would've been far better talking up his performance instead of looking for tired cliche excuses.

We've all seen the 'ball' excuses for why he simply toe poked it straight at Tim Howard, instead of placing it (something to do with not knowing where it would go, generally in the direction you hit it like all footballs I'd have thought) and today on the Official Site we have Heskey claiming the more he plays with Rooney the better they will become.

How much more does he need to play with Rooney before remembering a few years ago he also knew how to score? It's always been his weak point, apart from one season at Liverpool? That won't change regardless of who he plays with because it has to be a confidence issue.

'The more you play with any player, the more you get an understanding with them and that is the case with Wayne. We are prepared to perform better if we get the chance again.'

You did perform Heskey, my Man of the Match, Rooney didn't but you didn't score and Rooney, like others, simply can't be dropped.

If we see another non performance from the 'stars' against Algeria and Defoe is on the pitch, I think it's bye bye World Cup hope. At least with Heskey giving his all, and holding the ball up instead of letting it go by him because he's not presented with a golden opportunity to score we stand a chance of Gerrard or Lampard doing their obligatory 'one thing' a match to secure selection for the next 10 years.



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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday June 16 2010
Time: 5:19PM

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Xplicit Villan, surely Crouch should come into the team, given his form, his goalscoring record, and the presence he gives us up front? Personally, I'd drop Heskey and Gerrard, play Rooney off Crouch, and have Lennon and either Cole or Milner on the wings - probably Cole given it's Algeria. To be honest though, I'd rather have had Ashley Young and Adam Johnson in the squad rather than Wright-Phillips and Cole. Either would be much more effective on the left than Cole and Milner.
Albarnista
16/06/2010 18:33:00
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Heskey should not start. He's the guy you bring on with 15-20 minutes to go to slow the game down and protect a lead. Rooney should lead the line, with Gerrard playing behind him as a withdrawn forward. Up the pace. Don't slow it down. Take advantage of the quality in attack and speed on the wings.
Teddy_KGB
16/06/2010 19:19:00
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i'd go with the 4-5-1, it seems to be what everybody wants. Everybodys saying that prehaps we don't need to against the like of Algeria, but when we play the bigger teams we will need to switch to this formation, well why not play it against Algeria? If thats the formation that will beat the better teams then surely its even more likely to work against the smaller teams. Gareth Barry in a defensive midfield role, Lampard and Gerrard further up behind Rooney upfront alone. Lennon and J.Cole/Milner on the wings. Kind of like Spains formation today if anybody saw it? but with Gerrard and Lampard in a more attacking midfield role.
Callum_ws
16/06/2010 19:20:00
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i got a feeling that if Heskey stays we will see an inform player next season. I think people slate the guy way too much. I've done it too, but i think, stick an intelligent striker up there next to him and we will reap the benefits. i really think Bent is the one we should go for. I'd love Forlan too, but im a realist...lol
AndyFC
16/06/2010 22:58:00
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