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McFadden in the championship?

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There's more than a fair chance that Birmingham might be one of the teams going down in 2 games time, in fact their fate could be largely sealed in the must-win battle against Fulham today.

I was never a fan of Jimmy Mac, but did applaud his willingness to play every game, although this did highlight a gap between what fans saw on the pitch, and confidence in his own performances. He never seemed to put in the same match-winning show that he achieved when playing for his national side.

Are we disappointed that he might be playing in the Championship next season, or glad that another player leaving the Mighty Blues finds the grass isn't always greener, and that Everton is a massive cub to play for after all?
Jeremy Benson, Cotswolds     Posted 03/05/2008 at 07:08:21

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Paul Carsley
1   Posted 03/05/2008 at 14:08:26

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The Fads only ever wanted to play first-team football on a regular basis, something that Everton wouldn?t guarantee. It?s not often that you see a footballer who is prepared to take a step down to a smaller club as he just wants to play football.

Personally, I think McFadden is the sort of player that is too good for the Championship but not quite good enough for the rigours of the Premier League. A bit like BT really...
Dave Reiner
2   Posted 03/05/2008 at 16:44:17

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Paul, those are intelligent, well-illustrated comments but I beg to differ.

Faddy is a skilled player with more than enough tricks up his sleeve to excel for a mid-table Premier League side. Biffa is a power-based player with no real skill to speak of who blasts headers beyond overmatched, undersized players at a lower level.

Biffa is basically useless at any level with defenders with enough size & skill to prevent him from dictating matters inside the box with his physical presence. Faddy can beat the best of defences with his silky moves & finishes (not reliable, I know). I would welcome Faddy back, Biffa, no chance.

Kudos to Wigan for showing us how to contain Villa & keep a clean sheet. A true battling victory. Thanks to Kilbane, Marcus Bent, etc.!!!!
1 point from last two games = 5th place & Uefa Cup football once more. COYB!!!!!!!

Dan McKie
3   Posted 03/05/2008 at 20:01:21

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Jimmy Mac came out and said afterwards that Everton had offered him more money than Birmingham but that he just wanted to play regular football so fair play to him!

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