columnist Steven Woodgate reacts to news that Ferrie Bodde looks to be
ruled out for the rest of the season and feels it is great loss, not only to
Swansea but the Championship as well.
The Championship, and more importantly, Swansea City will be
deprived one of the most creative midfielders in the division as Ferrie Bodde
was stretchered off in the 3-2 defeat by Birmingham City and looks likely to be
ruled out of the whole season.
Scans revealed that Bodde had suffered anterior cruciate
knee ligament damage and torn cartilage in his left knee.
He was incidentally the second player from the club to be
ruled out for the entire campaign with the similar injury as defender Marcos
Painter suffered the same faint last month.
Swansea's top goal scorer will sorely be missed as he is
pinnacle in everything the Welsh club do.
Manager Roberto Martinez told the BBC: "Ferrie is a big player
for us as he is important in the way we do certain things. The way we play, we
rely on Ferrie's distribution."
Martinez may have no option but to dip into the loan market
to try to find someone who is worthy of taking Bodde's place. No doubt Swansea
will have to adjust the way they play and he will be solely missed by his team
mates and by the Swans faithful.
The Dutchman was touted for a move to a Premier League club
last summer, some even believing his value was worth in the region of £4
Recently, Bodde committed himself to the Liberty Stadium
after seeing Derby County having three bids turned down, subsequently Bodde
handed in a transfer request before retracting it to show his worth to the club
who brought him for a mere £85,000 from ADO Den Haag.
He has had an impressive start so far this season and
unfortunately he will not be able to finish what he had started.
Everyone would hope Bodde a
speedy recovery as his skill and craft of finding that killer pass will be