In terms of fitness, I have to say AJ must be amoung the top few.
When he first arrived he was doing all his running but couldn't hack it for more than 60-70 mins. For me, this was accepted as I thought it impossible to put it that kind of work effort over 90 mins!
The past few games though, he has been doing it consistently for 90 mins albeit without too many goals to show. Can anyone else think of a player who can do as much work/running as AJ for 90 mins? The guy just won't give any defender any time at all!
I can see it rubbing off on the rest of the team and especially the Yak.
Brett Bradshaw, Posted 22/02/2008 at 07:32:44
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1 Posted 22/02/2008 at 14:40:13
What’s also interesting about AJ is that for such a fast player, who is also willing to do more than his fair share of running, he doesn’t seem to get plagued by hamstring injuries that regularly hinder other similar players like Bellamy, Owen etc. He’s had a few ankle problems, but that can happpen to any footballer.
2 Posted 22/02/2008 at 23:42:48
And Yakubu IS slimmer and faster and has more stamina. And Steven Pienaar went to Ghana doing his best to win SA games almost on his own, and was all over the pitch last night. There isn’t a lad in a royal blue jersey today who isn’t a finely honed professional. Starting with the boss.
3 Posted 23/02/2008 at 10:43:17