Sunday, June 22, 2008

Adebayor, Hleb no replacements for Eto'o, Ronaldinho

Here's the deal guys, Barca are for some reason trying to force Eto'o and Ronaldinho out of the Nou Camp, or are they?
Barca has been linked with the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Alexander Hleb and though these Arsenal hitmen are good players, I personally don't see Adebayor as a replacement for the three-time African Player of the Year, Eto'o, and I definitely don't see Alexzander Hleb as a replacement for two-time World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho.
Both Ronaldinho and Eto'o have been linked with several clubs since the beginning of this transfer season, but yet nothing has materialized. It seems to me as if Barca doesn't really want to sell these players, they are just keeping them until they know for sure they can get their targets, or they may just be trying to send a message to these players to shape up or ship out.
Adebayor is a striker on the rise, he's young and he has plenty time to develop, however his killer instinct is a lot duller than that of Eto'o's. He may have finished second in the goalscoring charts of the English Premier League, but more likely than not, he will not find the same space or room to score that many in the Spanish Premier Liga. Hleb too like Adebayor has potential, but let's face it guys, he is about the same age as Ronaldinho, so why replace Ronnie with him, and besides Guacho is a wizard at the top of his game, there is definitely no comparison between the two.
Both Ronaldinho and Eto'o have implied in the case of the former and clearly stated, the latter, that they prefer to stay at Barcelona. Ronaldinho said to the media in Brazil that he has a contract until 2010 with the club, and Eto'o has said that Barca is his first choice.
Really and truly, I just believe that Bara are trying to get both these players to wake up. After watching Barca loose to Manchester United in the Champions League semifinals, a team they could have easily beaten, if they had the kind of commitment and dedication they had in the early years of Frank Rijkarrd's reign, it is clear that the new coach and current officials of Barca are sending a strong message, Wake Up! Or be gone. I truly believe their intentions are really not to sell these players because if that were the case, they would have offered both these players at lower prices. I believe they are trying to get both Ronaldinho and Eto'o to be willing to give their all on and off the pitch and I guess by Pep Guardiola stating that they are not in his plans, it has given them both a since of urgency to know the reasons why such statements have been made, so they both can act accordingly. Maybe I'm being a bit hopeful, but I do hope they stay.

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