Thursday 5 March 2015

Our Perfect Cousins

CAFC Player of the Year 2014-15
Life at Charlton has certainly never been dull this season but of late all the excitement is thankfully occurring on the pitch !
The two 3-0 home wins that followed the Norwich nightmare were followed up by perhaps an even more impressive 2-1 win over Forest. I say more impressive as one needs to take into consideration injuries and a new make up of the team. In addition, the changes made at half time either due to injury or perhaps tactical were so very effective. 
Like most I was concerned when I looked at the side Luzon put out on Tuesday with  Solly, Johnson or Gudmundsson all missing from Saturday’s win. In addition, it took a while took fathom who was playing where. All credit to the manager as it’s hard to fault the set up and system that went on to secure the win against the tricky trees. 
Bulot scored twice in another good performance form him to underline what a good player he is and how he has been so badly misjudged by many Addicks.  
Of course there were so many excellent displays across the whole 14 that graced the pitch. You’d have to include Le Point in that as we witnessed an altogether better cameo from him as opposed to last time out ! 
Most notable of all was Cousins. What a player and what a character. He never appears to moan wherever he plays although we all knew long ago he should be in centre-mid. His performance was a man of the match one despite contention from Freddie with the two goals. 
Jordan was somewhat unlucky not to win player of the year last season. He must be a clear favourite at this stage. He’s always full of running and energy allied to great determination. 
It’s rather appropriate to compare his standing in the football world to that of Diego Poyet. Diego was magnificent for us last season and when receiving the player of the year award in May things looked very rosy indeed for him. 
Sadly, he hasn’t been very well advised it would seem. His agent should have either had him sign a new contract with us or if moving to a Premiership club insist that Poyet was loaned straight back here or some other Championship club. 
Since his move to the Boleyn Ground he has been treading water as far as his career is concerned. He has made 3 appearances for them – one in the league cup and certainly one or two as a sub. He got loaned out to Huddersfield and played twice there. 
It’s a shame for Diego as he is such a promising, accomplished player with great potential. I sincerely hope for his sake that things turn around not least because of his achievements and performances for us last season.
Poyet’s now at a stage where he doesn’t seem to even make the bench for the Hammers. He may be earning more than Cousins but I’d reckon that Jordan would command a bigger transfer fee and hence wages too. 
Cousins displays maturity beyond his years both on and off the pitch and is a real credit to the club. It’s great to witness one of our own doing so well and with such style. It’s one of those things that makes you so proud to support the Addicks.   
Onto Cardiff on Saturday then and despite their midweek win you’d have to expect that we can get something there. Having Tan as an owner cannot be easy but Russell Slade has a big job on his hands as the expectation of the fans is so much greater than it really ought not to be. 
Many clubs bigger than Cardiff haven’t bounced back after relegation from the top flight. In a number of cases ( I wonder who I’m thinking of ? ) matters get considerably worse. 
Aside from up front pair if the injured players return then Luzon has a real job on his hands in selecting the team. In a matter of weeks the squad has transformed and there is real competition for places with nearly everyone capable of doing a job. 
Good luck to everyone travelling to the Principality on Saturday. 
Come On You Reds !

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