Vishwa’s Note: Here is Aswin again but this time he has declared war on all the Berba haters/doubters.
“He’s a great player and you’re all idiots.. I wish I had bought him for 10.9 million”
“NO JOHN!!! He could have never survived playing like that in the Malaysian league”
Shebby ‘wiseass’ Singh
Off late, I have been pretty pissed with the Berbatov bashing going on in TV commentary/forums/ opinion columns. It hit an all-time low when my roomie got mocked at work for sporting a Berba jersey by Glory hunting (to be more precise ignorant) “MANU” fans who cannot name the starting back 4. So I decided to write this discourse without referring to the sublime West Ham skill, the overhead kick assist to Valencia or calling him misunderstood genius (!!!).
Berbatov is lazy and he doesn’t do his bit for the team.
If running around and jumping at the feet of goal keepers in possession of the ball means work rate, of course he doesn’t have that and he was as lazy at Spurs too by that definition. Only people with Wenger style deluded vision cannot see his forays into the United box to defend every set piece and corner. Also, nobody seems to bother about his hold up play (possibly the best in the business), ability to hold possession and close control that helps relieve pressure from tight situations. A lazy guy won’t have the determination to do that.
He has not re-produced his Spurs form.
He had 11 assists 23 goals of 52 games in the last season he played for Spurs. Compare that with the 14 goals and 10 assists (2nd in league) of 43 for United last season. Which is pretty much the same considering the fact that he came off the bench a lot for united, did not have a pre-season and 1st month of the season, his injuries till date? I also remember seeing a field in Sky Sports opta stats called “key passes” in which he was league leader (forgot the exact number but it was surely 40 plus), which means he would have had more assists with some better finishing from other united players. This season’s return of 9 from 24 league games isn’t bad either considering the number of sub appearances.
His goal rate is not up to the mark.
He has always been a one goal in three games striker and it is a decent rate for a striker who doesn’t take free-kicks/penalties.
STAT ATTACK: Let’s start with Rooney shall we. Starting with the season before this and going backwards. 20 off 49 games, 18 of 43, 23 off 55 and 19 off 43 all of which look similar to his. Drogba’s league record reads 5 off 24 games, 8 off 19 , 20 off 36, 12 off 29 and 10 off 26.Not to forget that fact that he starts almost all of his games and takes Chelsea’s free-kicks in goal scoring positions and I am not even going into his “assists” numbers. So does this mean they are useless too???
Also Berbatov is much more of a goal-maker than a goal-scorer, a fact that he is proud of. All the other United front men are much more selfish than him. Several times this season I have personally seen him take some excellent positions and not get picked out.
He’s not worth 30 million.
Initially he wasn’t till City started a bidding war on deadline day. Spurs were bound to accept a 20% lesser bid. Also, it is hard to change the mentality that a 30 million big buy should be a 30 goal a season striker.
Surely ALL izz not well for him. There’s no smoke without fire.
Agreed. There are a few problems that he has with this united team.
# United are a counter- attacking team and their counters typically begin from set plays in their own box and carried on by pacy players that are left up field. He can’t participate in them as he is back defending in his own box because of his height.
# Set pieces. I din’t see him score a single set piece goal for United , while he was out-jumping the likes of Terry while he was at spurs. For that matter I don’t see united score in that many set-plays since later part of last season. Even Vidic doesn’t score in set-plays nowadays. Delivery/practice problems??? 2 or 3 more set piece goals would make that goal-rate look better.
# Intelligence levels: Not every one might agree with this point, but I am seeing people not making proper runs to his passes or not picking him out when he is in excellent positions in almost every match played this season. He had a similar problem at Spurs too with players other than Keane. I hate saying this but only Barca could be an ideal team for him.
# Poor finishing in some cases: Hard to argue against. But I have seen Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo miss chances similar to those that he has missed. It’s pretty hard to find a natural finisher these days anyway.
# British favoritism: When United lose, it is easy for the press to blame the lazy looking eastern Europeans than their darling little striker whose reputation they had built up for years. It’s even easier for United fans to do the same due to prolonged exposure to the same junk and easiest for opposition fans who don’t even watch him play. One typical example was last weekend’s defeat at Everton when people were discussing Berba’s form instead of Rooney’s part in everton’s 3rd goal (and his overall shitty performance) as well as his early substitution despite playing well. Media apart, Fergie does favor/back his British players more than his foreign players. He made most believe that Foster was gonna be England’s no 1 and surely a Vidic can’t get away with Rio Ferdinand like behavior/lifestyle. It’s the same with Wenger and the French and Benitez and Lucas.
“I wish I were Carlton Palmer”