Thursday, August 24, 2006
The Return of the Incredible Sulk
Bolton Wanderers splashed out $15M for French striker Nicolas Anelka on Friday, shattering the previous record of $6M for a transfer fee. The 27-year old sometime (but never World Cup) French international is dubbed “Le Sulk”, due to his temperament with clubs, has spent a considerable and not unsuccessful time in some major leagues, including current Turkish runners-up Fenerbahce.
I actually considered this was simply transfer rumor fodder as the window closes, but Big Sam made it happen, signing the former PSG, Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG, Liverpool, and Man City player to a four year deal.
Le Sulk’s got to be a better alternative to Kevin Davies, and his sullen arrogance should pair well with El Hadji Diouf’s propensity for spitting on people. All immature digs at Bolton’s physical and ugly style of play aside, this bodes well for Sam Allardyce’s side, so much that the he congratulated himself.
“For a club like us to attract a player like him is quite an achievement.,” said the gaffer.
I guess Anelka was going for the challenge to fail again in the Premiership, or perhaps he was drawn to Allardyce’s tactical acumen, as opposed to that of his coach at Fenerbahce, World Cup-winner and former Japan manager, Zico. The opportunity to be coached by someone who was considered a candidate for England manager for all of five minutes was too hard to pass up. Bolton is a solid team though, and they’re extremely good at playing a conservative and uninspired type of game; they do sit in 4th place however, with a victory over Spurs and a draw with Fulham.
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