So, Tottenham signing William Gallas, whatâ€™s all that about then?. As the hype around football gets bigger and bigger itâ€™s sometimes hard to keep perspective on things like this. According to the media, a former Arsenal captain crossing North London should apparently have us Spurs fans shocked and outraged and chaining ourselves to the Bill Nicholson gates. What is Harry thinking of, letting a man like Gallas anywhere the white shirt, Macnamaraâ€™s Band, the Jumbotrons and Chirpy? Harryâ€™s thinking of improving his squad of course. Redknappâ€™s no Perryman, Roberts or Hoddle, he doesnâ€™t have Spurs in his blood and doesnâ€™t have the reflex antipathy to all things Gooner related that fans do. His bemusement at our reaction to Scumbell shows that.
Assou-Ekottoâ€™s comment that Darth Vader could come to Spurs for all he cares perhaps shows his naivety with regards to most peopleâ€™s opinion of the true location of the Dark Side but also shows the general attitude of footballers everywhere. The modern generation are mercenaries who care little about loyalty to clubs and fans and probably expect even less in return.
But itâ€™s not as if weâ€™ve bought Adams, Dixon, Charlie George or that little twat Fabregas. Weâ€™ve bought a player who played only four seasons at Arsenal, and won nothing whilst he was there. Heâ€™s still more closely associated with Chelsea in my mind.
So given that heâ€™s here and Redknappâ€™s going to play him then apart from one more nutter than we had before, what does Gallas add? Heâ€™s obviously no spring chicken given that he celebrated his 33rd birthday last week. In his time at the New Library he started only 102 league games, so heâ€™s injury prone. But he has bags of European experience and is also a leader on the field, something we lack and maybe the thing that attracted him to Redknapp the most.
Weâ€™ve signed him because weâ€™ve failed to deal properly with the King & Woodgate injuries. Weâ€™ve just let the situation drift until Michael Dawson finds that he has had three different partners at the back in the first three games of the season. The squad is full of quality but isnâ€™t big enough to cope with everything liable to be thrown at it.Given this Redknapp is at least attempting to make sure weâ€™ve got cover in a position weâ€™re short on.
And itâ€™s only for one, maybe two seasons. Iâ€™m not saying that we should welcome Gallas with open arms and change the subject of the Gomes song or anything, allÂ I am saying is that maybe weâ€™ll look back on him fondly in a few years time, as we do on Edgar Davids for instance who did a job for us at the end of his career. Itâ€™s unlikely that Gallas will end up at Selhurst Park mind.
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