Watson, I presume?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2009 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Brian Howard won our September survey of the best deadline day deals, cantering to victory with 19 votes, with surprise Wigan cast off Ben Watson finishing with 8 and the rest nowhere. The Wykehamist returns to southern climes after a picaresque spell in South Yorkshire and his triumph might just have something to with a link to this site posted on the esteemed message boards of hobnobanyone?

Neill Collins and Billy Sharp suffered the ignominy of votelessness, but my fellow blogger Lloyd for one will feel that the latter has been underestimated. Of the eight players we featured, Watson is perhaps the biggest enigma. His career has bubbled along pleasantly – initially impressive as a teenager in the Crystal Palace midfield, the carrot haired kid helped the South Londoners to promotion in 2003-4 after a meteoric post-Christmas run. A slightly unfortunate relegation the following season did nothing to hurt his reputation and he continued to turn in industrious displays until this Spring, when Steve Bruce brought him to the soon to be renamed JJB Stadium. So, it’s odd to reflect that he lasted just the ten games in the blue and white, especially after chiming in with two goals in the Lancashire side’s late season campaign. Swapping stripes for hoops, he should prove to be a very astute acquisition for Jim Magilton and QPR.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham (pen name: Lanterne Rouge) is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 47 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Football Attic, The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

6 Comments

  1. Ben
    September 14, 2009

    Yes, the Watson move was a strange one – I thought he was on the fringes of the Wigan team if not actually in the starting XI, so for him to be allowed to go out on loan seems very odd. He looked handy at the tail-end of last season.

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  2. Ben
    September 14, 2009

    And I should add: why so few votes for Peter Lovenkrands? This isn't just natural pro-Newcastle bias here, either – he proved himself to be a capable player in the Premier League, scoring three despite rarely starting or playing up front. I reckon that at this level he could be very handy indeed.

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  3. Lanterne Rouge
    September 15, 2009

    I think it's simply due to the lack of Newcastle and neutral fans finding their way to the site during the period that the poll was open. An objective view might well have placed him first.

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  4. Lloyd
    September 15, 2009

    Lovenkrands is a bit of an unknown around these parts, which probably accounts for his lack of popularity.

    Personally, I thought Bouazza was the best signing.

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  5. Columbine Harvester
    September 15, 2009

    Lovenkrands might have been the best player of the pick, but Bouazza looked like the best signing. For an international player with premier league experience, entering the prime years of his playing career, Blackpool wasn't an obvious choice of club.

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  6. Lanterne Rouge
    September 15, 2009

    He was unattached at the time and needed money so I guess had to take the first offer. Algeria have a very good chance of reaching the World Cup.

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