New Football FanCast columnist Lee Foley feels that the treatment of Xabi Alonso is nothing short of deplorable
and feels the Spaniard deserves so much better.
Xabi Alonso, as I mentioned in the title of this article, deserves better.
The treatment he has received in the summer and throughout the season has been
nothing short of deplorable.
The underhanded tactics in the summer by all parties involved in the proposed
transfer to Juventus were shocking and NO player should be put in the position
that Xabi Alonso found himself in at that time. Dejected, unwanted,
Now, like the consummate professional that he is, he has risen above all of
the petty squabble's surrounding the summer speculation and disappointment, the
fact that an unfit Damien Plessis was allowed to start against Sunderland at
the Stadium Of Light in his place has been well and truly put behind him and he
has gone from strength to strength in the Liverpool's midfield, proving the
talent that he possesses and showing Rafa Benitez the reasons why he spent
£10.5 million on the midfield maestro 4 years ago.
The only thing missing from his recent majestic performances is a trademark
goal from his own half, but that will no doubt come closer following repeated appearances
and the building of confidence in the man.
Come January, I will be praying to the football god's, and Rafa himself, to
keep hold of Xabi Alonso. With Mascherano holding and Gerrard supporting
the front player (or both front players
of course) then Alonso could be the key to linking the team together. I
would love for someone to even try and show me a more formidable midfield in
the Premiership, or even the world.
With the prospect of Barcelona getting rid of out-of-favour Ivory Coast
international midfielder Yaya Toure to Juventus or Arsenal and replacing him
with Xabi Alonso for a steal at £10-£12 million, my fingers will need to be
crossed tighter than ever before, and I will keep them crossed and risk
arthritis just to see Xabi Alonso stay at Anfield and continue on with his
current form and cement his place in Anfield history when we get our hands on
yet another trophy.
Winning the Premiership requires you to have all of your best players on the
pitch, and on the evidence this season, Xabi Alonso if one of ours.
I am sure that there are many fans out there that have a different opinion
than mine, and I encourage everyone to voice their thoughts, but the thing that
rates higher than anything else……..
Support the players in your team, while you've still got them. Walk on, each
and every one of you.