Although my prediction was a year too early, it looks like it is now coming to fruition.
Here is my article, written only days after he signed.
KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU! (06/09/08)
Louis Saha could well be one of the greatest signings in our history! Laugh if you want to... I know that it is a bold statement; however, I will stand by it until I am proven to be wrong.
For a while now, we have craved a pure athlete up front. AJ was an athlete, however, we need an athlete with a predator-like instinct. Louis Saha could well be that player. He can score with both feet, has pace to burn, is fantastic in the air and has already proved that, by offering to forsake his wages until fit, he is not only a first class and honest professional, but is chomping at the bit to pull on the blue shirt and start banging the goals in.
I remember seeing his play whilst on loan at Newcastle years ago and even then I could see that the guy was sheer class. In a way he reminds me of Les Ferdinand. He has a fantastic spring which enables him to outjump opposition defenders from a standing start and at 6'-1" he is also good at holding the ball up. The main difference with this guy is that he can use both feet equally well.
We all know about his goalscoring exploits with Fulham. 117 appearances with a goal return of 53 was awesome in a side that struggled year-in, year-out. His move to Manchester United was inevitable with that form and although he suffered many injury problems he still scored some sensational goals, keeping Ruud van Nistlerooy out for a spell. He played 86 times netting on no fewer than 28 occasions.
Although we favour the 4-4-1-1 formation with Tim Cahill playing in 'the hole', I can honestly see a reversion to 4-4-2 to accommodate Saha when he is fit as his pace, power, athleticism, predatory instinct and hunger combined with all the Yak possesses, in my eyes will be one of the deadliest strike partnerships in the league.
Breaking it all down, I still cannot believe we got Saha on the terms that we did. It is well known that David Moyes has a great relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson and to be honest, I don't care if we do get labelled "Man Utd's B-team" if it means that we carry on getting players of the calibre of Tim Howard & Louis Saha.
Of course, my words here are based on a fully fit Saha, and I do have every confidence that he will regain his fitness and match sharpness in the coming weeks. However, I will fully accept any criticism and invite you to laugh at me if I am completely wrong about this... after all, I do sound like the Chairman of the Louis Saha fan club.
Anyway, all together now, after 3... 1-2-3;
KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU....................!!!!!
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1 Posted 27/09/2009 at 03:30:42
Knowing they that not cool in his follow
Does Anthony not fear those honourable men whose daggers stab?
The die has now cast. The promised land is closer now
Marches to Pompey heralded change before this day
So march with intent. You’d be a pleb to do so
2 Posted 27/09/2009 at 06:06:35
Nice one, Nick, even if I don’t have a clue what the hell you were talking about!
Louis is on tremendous form, slightly worried that he seemed to be limping towards the end of the match.... Anybody else notice it?
3 Posted 27/09/2009 at 14:44:18
His performances have ’making up for lost time’ written all over them. Portsmouth would have kicked him off the field yesterday if they could have caught him. He was way ahead of the game. A class act.
Can he stay fit? Any player can be injured at almost any stage in a game, training or doing a bit of household maintenance, but the fragile one looks good. Our physios come in for a bit of stick now and then — I wonder if there’s anything they are doing for him specially?
Any way, missing the trip to Minsk will do him no harm and he should be well and rested to knock a few in against Stoke.
4 Posted 27/09/2009 at 23:34:12
Seriously though, he’s on a great run at present and we’re all mightily impressed, but he’s got some way to go until he’s ’one of our greatest ever signings’.
However, it’s good to see a positive post being justified, even if an injury could put the kybosh on him at any time.
5 Posted 28/09/2009 at 11:32:58
6 Posted 28/09/2009 at 11:34:37
I once saw Mystic Meg WITHOUT her wig
Her real hair is kind of the same cut, but she’s....erm...sort of........well......baldy.
(not baldy like Telly Savalas but like a 114 year-old Chinese lady)
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