Tuesday Bullets: ‘Dinho, Becks, Scholes, More…


British Airways, not American Airlines?

• Red Rover, Red Rover….send Ronaldinho right over.

Will it be Manchester City II over at Ewood Park? Sure is starting off that way. First up for the new ownership group there? Securing the services of a certain buck-toothed, juking forward out of the San Siro: Ronaldinho.

BBC has the report.

Got the question on Twitter: “Why would Blackburn buy a player that doesn’t give a hoot?”

Answer: “You need to stockpile brand names first to attract players further down the line.”

This article, here, from last year comparing talent acquisition at Manchester City to the New York Yankees machine sort of talks about it.

• The Deuce Provides: Fulham tackles West Brom today

Mark Hughes on Clint Dempsey:

“Clint Dempsey has done a great for me, but in fairness, it’s not his natural position [up front],” Hughes explained. “He’s done a hell of a job for the Team and he’s a very viable option for us.

Fulham are looking for a top striker to employ in the 2nd half here to avoid the relegation line.

• TSG has your silly season thermometer

Ooops should have maybe put this bullet first.

Let’s refresh our US-specific transfer thermometer

United States (Or Really Any) Player + New team with budget OR Team with history of employing Americans + Dodgy, Sensational Publication = Suspect Rumor

For example: Here was a great little equation from this past summer that rated “Highly Suspect” on the  if you remember:

Michael Bradley + EPL newcomer with money Blackpool + the Daily Mail = HIGHLY SUSPECT!

We’ll be trotting this calculation out I’m sure often here in the coming month.

• Alexis Lalas, still fighting for his GM reputation.

Once a defender, always a snarling defender I suppose.

Alexi Lalas, whose tenure as GM of the Los Angeles Galaxy was terminated after David Beckham’s underperformance at the start of the contract, utters the following on the Galaxy wingman:

“American soccer fans say David Beckham has given a lot, but he’s also taken a tremendous amount out of Major League Soccer.”

You can read about the ginger-flaired Lalas’s comment on Beckham here.

• Roque Santa Cruz to depart Citizens

This has been in the offing for a while, but with Manchester City now all but officially confirmed to pick up Eden Dzeko this week, the “workaholic” Santa Cruz appears set for a move to Serie A’s Lazio.

You can stop the music on that one DC United pr folks.

• Manchester United Ninja

“Long term, I hope he can prove to be Scholes’ successor. The challenge will test his confidence.”

That’s Sir Alex Ferguson talking about….Anderson. Thought I’d add this in given the Scholes debate that was ongoing last week.  Continued theme…to do the Scholes role, the skillset doesn’t need to be a spot-on match.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dikranovich on 2011/01/04 at 7:13 AM

    its not roca santa cruz, its anelka. dc united dont mess with paraguayans. argentina, brasil, france…. yes


  2. Posted by John on 2011/01/04 at 8:55 AM

  3. Posted by FutbolAmerica on 2011/01/04 at 8:59 AM

    I thought the article on Freddy Adu on the mlssoccer website was interesting, as a move to MLS I think is the most productive thing for him if he can get out of contract.

    It would be interesting to see if he would follow the Donovan path and mature in MLS. A lot of similarities with both of them being highly touted and sent out at a young age only to struggle and come back. I’m interested to see what happens.


    • I’ve never really stopped to think of their similarities, due to all their differences, but now that you’ve made me, it scares me a bit.

      I don’t ever want to rely on one player as much as we do Donovan because I think it covers up much more talent in the long run.


  4. Posted by sfshwebb on 2011/01/04 at 12:42 PM

    Scholes role is much different then Scholes impact. Anyone can tackle poorly😉


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