If ever proof where needed that newspaper journalists are nothing more than deluded fans just like the rest of us, then it came in the form of Henry Winter’s article about who should replace Ashley Cole at left back should he not make the World Cup squad.
In his article in Friday’s Daily Telegraph, Winter proclaimed that none other than James Milner should play at left back, in Cole’s assumed absence.
Never mind Wayne Bridge, Stephen Warnock or Leighton Baines, no Winter says they are not good enough at this level. But apparently Milner is, on the back of a couple of impressive substitute appearances.
Let me get one thing straight before anyone says “Stop slagging Milner, he’s class”, I agree, Milner is a class player and deserves to be in the World Cup squad for me, but not playing at left back.
Winter is mad, who would back Milner against Ronaldo? What if England get to the latter stages and play the likes of Italy, Spain or Brazil? Is Winter seriously suggesting that Milner would be a better bet than an established left back in the latter stages of a World Cup?
It might work in the group stages but when you get in with the big teams you need someone who knows the job inside out, and that certainly isn’t Milner. We’re not overly blessed with right backs either, maybe he will be running a story next week suggesting we play Gerrard or Walcott there.
Winter’s thinking seems to be up there with the deluded Liverpool fans who think Rafa will win them the league, or the Geordie fans who thought that Shearer should be manager and got relegated as a result of forcing Sam Allardyce out.
It is also up there with one of the previous worst suggestions I ever heard, the time when the Daily Mirror’s Darren Lewis suggested on Sky Sports news that Arsenal should sign Darren Bent (then of Charlton) to replace Thierry Henry when he was first considering moving to Barcelona in the summer of 2006.
We had 5 years of Sven trying to put square pegs in round holes, thankfully Capello seems to be a lot smarter than that and I don’t think for a minute that such a ridiculous idea as this would even cross his radar.