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685 Posted 04/04/2012 at 00:29:01
742 Posted 04/04/2012 at 11:34:40
However, not knowing anything about his 'attitude' when he was with us I can only say that I remember him as a very willing and hard working guy who was capable of scoring good goals. His weakness was that it took about ten chances before he would get one. His first touch was pretty poor too which became more obvious when he stepped up a division.... but that could have been improved.
Wouldn't put him down as being lazy or disinterested though.
751 Posted 04/04/2012 at 11:54:31
I thought beckford was a very lazy player who lacked quality in many departments . He couldn't hold the ball up , was poor in the air despite his height , lacked movement to compliment his pace , never challenged for a 50/50 , missed more chances than he scored and lack you said had a first touch like an elephant. His workrate for me was also woeful
He displayed a poor attitude when publicly having a go at moyes when being subbed and I got the impression he thought he was a player when he weren't , I was delighted when he left us
755 Posted 04/04/2012 at 12:02:25
He scored twice as many our current top scorer so it's not like we have any better Jelavic aside.
But then Jelavic aside I think our other forwards are a complete joke.
757 Posted 04/04/2012 at 12:03:00
For all his faults, excellent for a player who stepped up 2 divisions
Far better option than Saha, Anichebe, Vaughan, Velios, Stracq
Would have liked to see him playing off the shoulder of the last defender with Jelavic as his partner
But we got a decent fee for him
761 Posted 04/04/2012 at 12:14:48
Wish him well but he won't be back in the premiership for a while, unless the lower clubs pick him up.
763 Posted 04/04/2012 at 12:22:07
He also scored every different type of goal which shows he had more ability than some here have given credit for. Throw in he was playing in an unfamiliar role as a lone striker and stepping up two levels and I see a player being judged very harshly.
After a slow start at Leicester he's scoring regularly and IMO will continue to do so wherever he plays at any level including the premier league.
764 Posted 04/04/2012 at 12:28:08
I never heard anything about him having a bad attitude at everton, but reading bewteen teh lines I always thoughts the lads never liked him, esp as hardly anyone celebrated with him when he scored.
765 Posted 04/04/2012 at 12:32:04
His strike rate and goals per min while in the PL beg to differ.
790 Posted 04/04/2012 at 14:19:10
797 Posted 04/04/2012 at 14:48:27
If you look at Jelly now, he's a whole world better than Beckford was!!
802 Posted 04/04/2012 at 14:56:34
Anyway, I think thats a nothing story. The quotes from Pearson are about the team performance, not Beckford. And if this bust-up was significant you'd expect at least one of the match reports to mention it.
808 Posted 04/04/2012 at 16:27:57
813 Posted 04/04/2012 at 16:36:34
Jelavic is clearly a better player but I'm not sure he will be a more prolific goalscorer.
818 Posted 04/04/2012 at 17:08:44
Given the system Moyes prefers the striker must offer more than just goals ie and ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play. This is something that Jelavic has already shown he has the ability to do hence the improvement in our forward play and the massive improvement in Cahills form.
Beckford on the other hand could trap a ball further than most players could kick it ! He was a good goalscorer but not a good footballer and the system we play needs a good footballer more.
Jelevic might not score more goals but as a team we would definately score more goals...
820 Posted 04/04/2012 at 17:29:18
The massive improvement in Cahill's game is still without goals though.
If your one and only striker is in the side to hold the ball up and bring others into play you have to wonder where the goals are coming from?
Jelavic looks a good finisher to me but already he seems to be spending too much time outside the box. If Cahill isn't scoring then he should be holding it up and bringing others in. I don't think he does.
There's nobody prolific in our midfield and we don't have any goal scoring prowess at the back bar Baines.
This means we will always be low scorers and heavily reliant on the defence keeping clean sheets.
I think Jelavic would thrive playing with someone like Beckford and our forward line would be transformed.
IMO Beckford was perfect for us and was shipped out because he was arrogant and cocky, something a lot of strikers are.
822 Posted 04/04/2012 at 18:07:01
825 Posted 04/04/2012 at 18:19:27
843 Posted 04/04/2012 at 21:07:44
855 Posted 04/04/2012 at 21:53:58
READING AT HOME
After beating Chelsea on penalties, this was a delicious opportunity to get into the QF's of the cup when many of the big boys were going out. Beckford, for whatever reason, does not show up (an evening game mind)
Our form was good at the time but we inexplicably had a shocker on the night and Reading managed to sneak a win. It was recently suggested by a current player (I think it was Jason Roberts) that the preparation mentally in the hours leading up to a match needs to just right. If it isn't, managers often sense it (when Moyes senses it, he runs the on field warm up personally which he did against Arsenal and Sunderland recently I believe) His sense was right as we started badly against the Gunners but, whatever he did against the Black Cats must have done the trick as we started like a stream train. On that particular night, he was infuriated by massive disruption to arriving at the stadium hence the warm up being run by him.
That night against Reading, due to Beckford being late, we will never know if he was meant to start. But with Saha having recently crashed his car and fortunate to be unscathed, this little things clearly made the difference. If I had been Moyes, I would have looked at Beckford and simply thought he was not to be trusted. His team mates were probably pissed off with him as well. It's akin to when you are busy at work and one of your team swans in an hour or two late. You end up resenting them.
859 Posted 04/04/2012 at 22:26:53
Beckford was stuck on the M62 with no way of getting off it; no junction to turn off onto and its illegal to walk on a motorway.
870 Posted 05/04/2012 at 00:16:53
And, if you get them both, make a point of wondering to the press how Moyes missed the boat.
883 Posted 05/04/2012 at 01:49:48
Saha can finish much like the Yak but you won't see him tracking back making goaline clearances and running around like a headless chicken (A Johnson). Spurs suit Saha and he is now scoring goals.
943 Posted 05/04/2012 at 12:56:44
Sure he had his bad days as all strikers do(what about Torres)? Remember Becks. was not part of a top team and suffered from lack of support. We have kept the likes of Stracqs. Vellios and Anichebe who have yet to prove they are consistant Prem.quality.
It's easy to criticise Beckford now but when he was let go we had some real problems up front somewhat alleviated by the arrival of Jelavic in January.
955 Posted 05/04/2012 at 14:48:33
Never will forget the last second miss against Sunderland, the way I will never forget his goals against Bolton and Liverpool.
962 Posted 05/04/2012 at 15:54:18
Jelavic is a much better player, he brings other people into the game and can score goals. He is a fantastic signing. A totally different player to Beckford.
402 Posted 08/04/2012 at 10:12:41
I think now with the players being a lot more "full time" than they were then, the general feeling is that they can commute in for games. Back in the 70s/80s, the night before a game was also a bonding session in the hotel - plenty of drinks etc. which wouldn't be the case now.
I do think that the general attitude and mentality of players is changed. Look at the last World Cup, players saying that they were bored was a problem. Anyone remember the old story about Pat Nevin getting fined for leaving a club hotel to go to a museum? I can't remember who he was playing for then. Pat says it happened more than once. The scandal.
407 Posted 08/04/2012 at 10:33:08
415 Posted 08/04/2012 at 11:04:08
Whatever it is that makes natural goal scorers 'natural', Jelavic has got it in spades. I quite liked Beckford until Moyes took him off in a televised game and he mouthed off...
'Ees always picking on me' Like a spoilt kid in a sweetshop...
Beckford was good at his level, but he was never going to cut it in the Premier League as a 20-goal-a-season man. Jelavic is good at the top level of the game ? to my mind, he's almost as good as Yakubu was in the first season we had him.
I'm so confident that he'll score 20 league goals plus next season that I'm going to risk a tenner of the missus's birthday present money at the bookies.
417 Posted 08/04/2012 at 11:21:27
419 Posted 08/04/2012 at 11:27:28
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