It comes as little surprise that Damien Comolli has parted company with Liverpool – he’s among the biggest chancers in the game today.
The Reds former director of football commands hefty salaries but his main qualities tend to be recruiting average, even at times awful, players and paying significantly over the odds for them.
Comolli did this at Tottenham Hotspur, unsurprisingly to the ire of Martin Jol who was eventually sacked, and he’s done the same at Liverpool.
Those who defend him reel out players that he has signed who have been successful – Dimitar Berbatov, Gareth Bale and Luka Modrić while Kevin-Prince Boateng was not a hit at Spurs but has been at AC Milan.
But look at those who didn’t succeed – Ricardo Rocha was inept, Heurelho Gomes was a liability in goal and Gilberto was awful.
At Liverpool we need look no further than the exorbitant transfer fees shelled out for Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stuart Downing.
There’s no doubting that Comolli does good work behind the scenes with academies and the modernisation of English football clubs but his record in the transfer market is dismal.
For all the Bale’s and Modric’s – not exactly hidden gems at the time – there will always be plenty of Hossam Ghaly’s.
With only nine starts to his name, Tottenham Hotspur and England’s seemingly forgotten man Jermain Defoe has had to regularly settle for a place on the bench at White Hart Lane this season.
Twelve substitute appearances to go alongside the nine starts have given Defoe very little opportunity to prove his worth.
Admittedly, injuries have hampered him at times, but mostly his non-selection has been down to the system Tottenham have adopted this season, favouring Rafael van der Vaart playing behind the more traditional target man.
However, once again Defoe produced a goal, his ninth of the season against Norwich City.
Louis Saha and Emanuel Adebayor have struggled for goals recently and with the business end of the season upon Spurs, they must turn to England’s most natural finisher.
It would be a decision that could also favour the national team in this summer European Championships.
At the World Cup in South Africa, Defoe shone when called upon and he could play a vital role again in Poland and Ukraine.
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