When trying to think of a topic for my next post I struggled to think of any one idea that particularly took my interest. Instead, I have decided to briefly address a few of the different debates that have been bouncing around the sports websites this week. These are my thoughts on these different debates that I didn't feel needed an entire post individually:
Rooney's goal challenge – After another class performance by the hottest form player in the world against an average Milan side Ferguson issued Wayne Rooney with the challenge of beating Cristiano Ronaldo's goal tally of 42 in one season. Rooney currently has 30 goals after 37 games and with 9 more premiership games and at least 2, possibly a further 3, games in the Champions League. He basically would need to get around a goal a game. I think that he will achieve this substantial challenge. Rooney is putting away almost every chance he gets at the moment whether it is with either foot or his head. He may well fail to score in some of his remaining matches but I would back him to grab a brace against any team with defensive flaws at the moment and therefore I would say that he is more than capable of beating Ronaldo's goalscoring benchmark.
Beckham to South Africa – An ongoing debate has been whether Beckham warrants a place on the plane to South Africa this summer. People balance his passing and skills at the dead-ball against his lack of pace for a winger. I believe that in a 23 man team he deserves to go. He may not have the directness or ability to beat a man like Walcott, Lennon or Wright-Phillips but we don't need two copies of the same player. If Lennon can recapture his form of earlier this season then he should go or if Walcott can show some consistency and a bit more quality than he can but there is no need to take both. I think Beckham can have a role to play in the squad as he can add a new dimension for the team that bringing both Walcott and Lennon would not. Walcott could go as a utility player for both wings or upfront while Beckham can go as a backup for the right-wing or centre midfield. I say find a place for Becks and put him on the plane.
KP – There were calls at the start of the week before the coin toss for the first test against Bangladesh that Kevin Pietersen should be dropped for the series because of his lack of form. It is of course very easy to say with hindsight that these were unfounded claims but at the time I, like many, knew they were ridiculous. He is still England's best batsmen and the thought of dropping him ahead of a series in which he should be able to get easier runs was completely illogical. I am just very happy to see that KP has gone some way to silencing some of critics although a 99 against a poor test-side will inevitable only add fuel to the fire of KP haters.
New F1 Season – Today the new F1 season began. The thought of an all British team dominating the sport combined and the return of the legendary Michael Schumacher excited the motor racing world. The truth is that most people don't really care do they?? Short of putting laser on the cars and oil patches on the track the interest in the sport will continue to dwindle because in a sadistic way most people only flick onto the Grand Prix to see the crashes. It has its specific market and loyal petrol head followers but the season will come and pass with most people not knowing, nor caring, what happens.
Thoughts, comments and opinions on these stories or any other of this week's sporting stories please...