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Midweek Memoirs of Mr Bodell

Midweek Memoirs of Mr Bodell
It`s been a funny sort of week; yesterday [Monday] was supposedly the most depressing day of the year, yet for one man, it was one of the most jubilant. I imagine Nathan Ellington enjoyed the Monday papers, safe in the knowledge his first Hornets goal had been secured.

On the other-hand though, Calum Davenport returned to West Ham forty-odd minutes into his loan as Majid Bougherra and Darius Henderson accidentally helped him fracture a bone in his neck - a sad end to a promising loan-spell, more business for Aidy to do.

This week I want to focus on why Marlon had to go, and the new potential strike partnerships…

I think to most, well those around me, including me in the Rookery, it was evident Marlon wanted out. His head was full of lovely Premiership daydreams where he got the ball in to his feet and didn`t have to deal with plebs like Tamas Priskin, Jordan Stewart, Steve Kabba and Damien Francis. Instead he got to deal with Chris Baird, Lee Cook and a host of Championship players.

His attitude has also become all wrong. From being a hard-working front-man who stuck to his job, but worked hard enough to earn the right to goal-hang, Marlon become Mr Do-it-all. The last few weeks have seen him slot in at left back, right back, left midfield, central midfielder and right-wing also. It`s not that the players there aren`t good enough either, just, Marlon wants to do it all.

Sadly, it doesn`t work like that, stick to what you`re good at. Hang around in the penalty area and pop-up with twenty goals on our way to promotion, yes? It seems someone had a nasty dose of 'billy-big-time`.

Here I`m just prying on the unknown and creating unnecessary loathing towards him but if reports are to be believed, Marlon had to be top earner, he had it written into his contract. I`m sorry, but that is ridiculous, no one player is bigger than the club and if this alleged clause has hindered Aidy`s chances of signing someone, then Marlon has to go.

When you look at it objectively, you have to say we are getting a good deal. A player who won`t want to sign a new deal and is out of contract new season, sold for several million and we`re given a player in exchange, all be it on-loan. That`s excellent business in my opinion. Sadly though Forest had the foresight to include a 25% sell-on clause when the flogged the Jamaican in 2006.

For those of you that shell out three quid a week for a programme and haven`t bothered reading Graham Simpson`s notes, read them, for once it is interesting reading, and we must believe what he says about Marlon is true. Thus, I think there is no way back to the 'Vic for Marlon.

So, to Marlon`s replacement partnerships….

Duke and Doris
It looked quite prosperous on Saturday and Ellington`s goal was testimony to this. Packed with power, and once Ellington gets a run in the team, pace too. I would imagine between them 20+ goals when used to one another.

Duke and Collins John
Not really suited to one another. Both are reasonably bulky and although Collins is pacey, Ellington is not the sort of player to hold the ball up for the other and make him chances. Around 12 goals together.

Henderson and John
Big man, slightly smaller man. Both are bulky again, but Collins much the faster. If John does sign, it would be an excellent partnership as John and King are in the same mould. Prediction? 20+ goals, again, when used to one another.

You`ll have noticed that Steve Kabba, Moses Ashikodi and Will Hoskins have not been included in the potential partnerships, really, and sadly in Hoskins` case, I doubt any of the three have a real future at the club…the epitomy of panic buys…

Keep the faith,

Tom Bodell

Date:Wednesday January 23 2008
Time: 8:31PM

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