Date:Thursday July 22 2010
'Super Matty Taylor was the best left midfielder that we had during our premier league years', not my vote, yours - although these findings from the forum poll to determine who was our stand out left midfielder during the 7-year stay on the premier league are thoughts I agree with...
The premier league years have brought us many ups and downs and many good and bad players; we focus on the good here though!
As said on the left back poll, which Matty Taylor also won, I love the guy and was absolutely gutted when we sold him - as I was other players of his 'type', such as Gary O'Neil, Pedro Mendes, Benjani etc. if only we had known, as fans, that it would have, ultimately, been in our best interests to keep players of their stature as opposed to 'going for broke' with the mass arrival of 'superstar names' we had eh?
But hey ho, you cannot change it and in some ways would you really want to...
Whilst Matty went on to have a successful premier league career with Pompey I still think that the injury he sustained between championship winning year and first season in the premier league took something from him - so, as good as he had been and still is, that little something extra was lost. This 'probably' cost him an England career, although it also 'probably' meant we got to keep him when we 'might' not have been able to otherwise?
Yep, all in all Matty was the best left sided player we had in the premier league, oh and did he not score some absolute belters! How more of his goals did not go onto win goals of the months, let along goals of the season, is beyond me.
Although I feel a mention needs to go to Patrik Berger, who I thought was immense for us. I always rated him as a player before he played for us, and this did not change during his time with us. That left foot was like a magic wand!
Date:Thursday July 22 2010
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