So there I was. I’d driven down to London to do a shift this morning. I nipped into the local shop to pick up a copy of the Mirror, but had to settle for a copy of the Stun, as they had no Mirrors in.
Just about better than nothing, I guess and having had a quick flick through, noticed a small article saying that Lambert is considering resting Christian Benteke.
You’ve got to be kidding me. We’re only three games in, for gawd’s sake!
The article does go on to say that he’s played lots of games when you add in the Belgium team.
To which I’m asking when?
Perhaps I’m missing something (easily possible with my work situation and lack of internet), but I don’t see where this “lots of games” is.
And why does a twenty two year old player even need resting at all?
I don’t know about you lot, but I was gagging to have a game, albeit at no level whatsoever, just because I had energy to burn and needed to get rid of it, at that age.
I know I’m old fashioned in my way of thinking and have never had to perform at the very highest level in any sport, but do players not long out of their teens really need this molly-cuddling?
I mean, how hard is it to train for four hours a day at that age?
Today, I was up at 5.00am, drove down to London, put in a strenuous 8 hour shift in 80+ degrees heat and then drove back to Brum, arriving home at 5.30pm.
I’m not looking for sympathy. It’s the sort of thing I’ve always done for the last thirty odd years.
So why does a bit of training each day and a game maybe twice a week justify a rest?
I just don’t get it and to be honest, “lazy bastards” springs to mind.
All that said, I’ve always wondered what Lambert said to Benteke, that convinced him to stay after he’d put in a transfer request.
My money says we’ve agreed he can go.
No news there though, as we all think it.
But if the quotes from Lambert were true, I’m now wondering if this is just a hint that we might “rest” Benteke because we don’t want him injured ahead of a previously agreed move in the winter window.
It would certainly explain Kozak’s signing, which left most of us perplexed.
I’m speculating though and it probably won’t happen, as regardless of how we all think our attack is very decent, without Benteke, it will look a lot more toothless, in my opinion.
Would Lambert really want to rest Benteke, to the detriment of the team?
But if it does happen and Benteke gets rested or hooked earlier, we should see it as a bad sign.