Stringer, you seriously need to stop changing your words, because you wasn't hating on Cahill when you was linked with him.
I agree that the England team is uninspiring though. Even if the players missing were included, they still suck, because England don't play well as a team.
I'd still happily take him in January for a small fee or in the summer for free. It's only been this year where I have taken a bit more interest in him, and he really isn't that special.
no, because per is german and overhyped, slow as fuck and cant position himself to save his life.
there's no point trying to push the he's overhyped cos he's english on someone who isnt english btw. cahill is a good defender who is a better player than per. you had no qualms about him being linked to arsenal as joel said.
You still support an English team, so hype from the media and the league in general will definitely effect your opinion of a player. Germans are barely overhyped at all here. Most pundits were saying Germany had an average squad for the 2010 WC.
I guess you just watched the Blackburn and Chelsea games right? A few days after the Chelsea game he had a good game vs. Marseille. There's a video somewhere on YT, and most of the time his positioning is spot on, I'm not quite sure how you can say that. He has been solid most of the games he has played here, barring those two. Give him a chance at least, he was signed on deadline day and has barely been here two months, it's dumb to write a player off arriving in a new country, adjusting to a new pace. He doesn't have 78 caps for Germany at 26 for no reason. His aerial ability when under pressure is surprisingly his weakest asset, he reads the game quite well. He is quite good at heading the ball coming into the box but isn't the best off set pieces. Him playing the ball out of the back isn't that good either. How many goals that we have conceded can you put down to his pace? Hardly none, most are because of his poor arial ability under pressure.
mertersacker was pretty great a few years back. But now, forget it. I'd rather pick Badstuber over him on the german national team. which loew is already doing.
i mean he was always pretty slow but my god, he really declined compared to how he used to be. Still pretty solid though if there are fast enough guys to help out
I always find it funny that Terry is the benchmark of a great defender, then Mertesacker is criticised of his pace. Per has a higher top speed, and is only slower in short distance areas. Agree with the second point though, a more mobile centre back beside him helps a lot. Him partnering Squilacci would be a disaster.