- Apr 29, 2008
I would be hesitant to allow one season's relatively light injuries to influence our decisions when buying injury prone players. We may just be having a good year, and if things return to the mean next season we could have an injury list large enough to cause us problems.Arminius said:I would take Oxlade-Chamblerain over Ben Arfa, any time.
The one thing that makes me wonder about Ben Arfa, assuming an attractive price, is Gerrard's season. A year ago, I would have steered well clear of any player with anything like an injury history, our medical and physical training staff did not seem up to par. In fact, going into this season, I predicted we would see at most 30 games total from Gerrard. But something has clearly changed, and if there is a growing confidence in the core competence of the club's medical/training professionals, perhaps a troubled player like Ben Arfa would be a reasonable gambe - at the right price.
Secondly, i thought that Gerrard and Agger do not do as much training as before and that is helping with their injuries...but as a result this might be why Gerrard cant bomb around the pitch as much as in the past, and its not just his age. This might also be why Agger has had more difficulty with one on ons this season...so if we bring in some one else who is limited in how much training they do it might mean they cant provide the sort of energy we need.