International Silly Season
Subscribers to that modern day blight (albeit an irresistible one) Sky Sports News will be only two familiar with the need to create a story out of meagre resources. The headlines over a typically yawning Summer will include such delights as “Carlo Ancelotti is delighted to be at Chelsea”, “John Terry hopes to skipper England right through to the 2014 World Cup” and other such provokers of disinterest. Zombies as we are, the tendency is to stay in front of the box for another quarter of an hour just in case one of the youth team has been loaned out to Rochdale or Barnet: we don’t want to miss these nuggets.
Latterly, the extended international breaks have provided something of a mini silly season in themselves and some ditchwater rivalling banners have been doing the rounds in recent days. Firstly, Peter Beardsley apparently wants Michael Chopra to return to Newcastle. Last time I checked, the Italia 90 star didn’t seem to be on the payroll at St. James’s, so “Legend” though he may be, his clout in determining whether or not the Cardiff striker returns is likely to be non-existent.
Next, the claim from Sheffield United’s Keith Treacy that Darius Henderson is one of the best strikers in the Championship. Six goals in 38 matches for the club, all as an out and out striker, would perhaps suggest otherwise, exorcising the ghost of another Blades misfirer Adi Akinbiyi. Henderson works hard but still the most interesting thing about him is the widely repeated misconception that he is Yorkshireman born and bred: he lived in Sutton until he was 7. Yes…that really is the most gripping fact about Darius.
Then we have notorious motormouth Liam Rosenior who, like Rodney Trotter, has GCSEs. He’s “eyeing” promotion apparently. This from the man who feels that he would be heading to South Africa in the right back spot for England were it not for Lawrie Sanchez. That claim at least raised eyebrows; new boss Roy Keane will now want him to think before he pipes up given the Tractor Boys are ensconsed in the relegation zone. Lastly, in a quartet of crushingly exciting headlines, Darren Purse wants clean sheets at Sheffield Wednesday. No? You don’t say? Roll on this afternoon’s action.