Having said that, I have lost count of the times he seems to have gone down incredibly easily, seemingly in agony but then carried on or – even worse – panicked all of us and the exhausted Everton injury room by being stretchered off again only to sufficiently heal in a mere 48 hours.
If my memory serves me correctly, he went down looking in great pain three times before he came off on Sunday in just the 14th minute of the match. Each was resultant of a different challenge and the one he went down from was a minute or two prior to his final collapse.
As I said, it is possible for this to have been genuine and he tried to play through it but couldn't – a la Pienaar at Portsmouth earlier this season. However, Pienaar was then out for several weeks and does not go down like the sack of proverbial every fifth minute of a game.
To bring balance, it has to be acknowledged that occasionally Vic has looked much stronger in patches since his return this season and I am starting to think he could be a solid option to play in that wide right role against selected opposition. But I am really not convinced he wants to wear the shirt all of the time. Have the ghosts of his fall-out with David Moyes really been laid to rest or does Big Vic still believe he knows better than the manager and, as such, is deserving of a higher profile position in the first team?
More likely to be the problem (assuming there is one and it is not all in my head) is the question of whether his nightmare injury at Newcastle and 12-month recovery left deeper psychological scars than the physical ones, making him feel the need to go into the foetal position a little too readily. Once you are writhing on the floor in front of 37,000 people and televised to millions of others it must become difficult to get up too soon too often.
Whatever the reason, I believe he needs someone to address his mental approach to the game. That is in no way meant disparagingly but genuinely in the hope that he gets whatever help he needs to become the footballer he has the capacity to be and the player we want to wear our shirt with the same passion and commitment we would. Prove me wrong Vic, please prove me wrong.
1 Posted 23/03/2010 at 22:01:37
I think some of it is in his head - talking of which, have you noticed the number of head injuries that he appears to suffer?
2 Posted 23/03/2010 at 22:12:12
3 Posted 23/03/2010 at 22:17:15
I know !!! Heskey plays for England but I think we all agree he just crumbles under slightest touches and is invariably always injured. Vic is heading that way big time.
I'm sure deep down both lads are just too soft .
4 Posted 23/03/2010 at 22:17:23
Last year on the OS Vic is on record for saying he is modelling his game on Drogba.
5 Posted 23/03/2010 at 22:36:30
6 Posted 23/03/2010 at 23:10:45
There is probably still quite a bit of internal bruising but dont forget it is over 72 hours since he was injured.
I agree he seems to "get injured" moe than most but on Saturday I believe he was in real pain.
Why has it become so fashionable to deride players that wear the blue shirt, particularly local lads?
7 Posted 23/03/2010 at 23:48:08
8 Posted 24/03/2010 at 00:27:33
9 Posted 24/03/2010 at 05:10:36
It's likely that he anticipates the worst whenever he get a knock over now. So it'll take him some time to get over this pyschological barrier.
But having said that, Vic mental strength has always been a bit 'touch-and-go' for me. He doesn't seem to be able to push himself through the 'pain/tired' threshold. How many times have we seen him fade out of games over the past few seasons. I hope I'm wrong, but I think Vic will go the way of Cadamarteri and Jeffers... a bright spark of potential that will eventually flicker out completely.
10 Posted 24/03/2010 at 06:26:16
It takes a lot of courage to come back from the sort of injury he`s suffered and couldnt be done by somebody who "didnt want it"
11 Posted 24/03/2010 at 07:53:00
12 Posted 24/03/2010 at 08:24:12
Having said that he did try and play on on Saturday and there is no doubt that the injury and emotions showing were genuine on that occasion I am glad that he is back in contention. He definitely brings something to the team/squad. But his persistent look of agony is irritating. No other player does this in our team.
13 Posted 24/03/2010 at 08:38:10
14 Posted 24/03/2010 at 09:11:32
15 Posted 24/03/2010 at 09:24:13
16 Posted 24/03/2010 at 09:23:43
Pro footballers-particularly those making their way in the game live to play and don`t depart the scene readilly!
17 Posted 24/03/2010 at 10:27:51
18 Posted 24/03/2010 at 13:08:01
19 Posted 24/03/2010 at 21:45:48
Want to think the best of all the boys, but we're positioned for a hard run at winning the whole thing next year. The chaff needs to be seperated from the wheat before kick-off this Fall.
20 Posted 27/03/2010 at 04:34:26
It was also a sharp contrast to Landon Donovan regarding workrate and ability. Frankly it showed Vic up in trying to follow that act.
Personally I think DM is putting VIc in the shop window and he will be ofloaded in the summer. Mind you I think the same of the Yak, I think he will be on his way too. His mobility is poorer since his injury and either he has come back too soon or has lost the edge. I don't know which.
The no 9 shirt lies vacant, so who is going to wear it next?