So with Thierry Henry set to return to us on a two month loan deal, I thought it worthwhile to go back into history to see what Myles Palmer thought of our current strike force. Myles seems to rate himself quite highly but it appears that this confidence is more than a tad misplaced. Here were his early thoughts on Thierry Henry:
"And remember, Thierry Henry is not a striker. He is not a goalscorer.
He scored only 20 goals in 103 games for Monaco. And he did nothing at Juventus.
Henry is a right-footed left winger who is quick and skillful. He can also play wide on the right.
Even Arsene Wenger cannot make Henry into a striker.
So lets get that straight in our minds before we read any more ignorant tosh in the papers. Got it? Thierry Henry is a winger."
I think the 174 goals in 254 appearances have answered Myles comprehensively on that one. Strangely the links to the next piece have vanished:
"Why Van Persie should be sold (Sep 29, 2008)
By Myles Palmer
By Myles Palmer
Robin van Persie doesn’t make it. He is a bang!bang! striker whose style does not fit the way the team plays. He is not a team player and will never be a team player. He plays far too selfishly, most of his passes are afterthoughts, he slows the moves down, and he shoots from silly angles again and again and again.Van Persie is a current international striker but he hasn’t made it. He’s had his chance and he’s not good enough. He will never be any better than he is now. Arsene Wenger should not deny that for one more day. Robin van Persie should be sold. "
It would be one thing if this had come from a deranged fan on twitter. However Myles Palmer is a journalist, one who thinks himself expert enough to have written a book on Arsene Wenger. Clearly Myles doesn't have much footballing nous, and the worst thing about him is that despite this clear lack of understanding, he has such a breathtaking level of obnoxious arrogance that it beggars belief.
For me the most beautiful thing about the social media is that it has allowed your average football fan a right to reply to idiots like Myles Palmer. Their rank ignorance and stupidity can be exposed for all to see, and there is simply no hiding from it anymore for Myles. The social media has made journalists far more accountable to the public. Interestingly those sites that don't allow comments or that heavily edit comments are just showing themselves for what they are, no coincidence then that Myles allows no comments on his site.