Terry Venables is more circumspect about short players after Champions League gaffe
No top hats for Everton midfield
Terry Venables has used his pre-FA Cup final newspaper column to tell the world that short midfielders can be effective. Earlier this week, OTP told you that prior to the Champions League Final, Venables took a pop at Lionel Messi’s height only for the diminutive star to score a decisive header.
He said: “Messi is wonderful on the right but Ronaldo is terrific on the right, the left and through the middle as well. He also scores goals with his head, which Messi couldn’t do even if they put a top hat on him.”
El Tel has had a change of heart on the merits of a dwarf-like midfielder over the last few days. Today he writes in The Sun: “Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Tim Cahill all measure under 6ft tall. But so do Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi. And we all saw the damage they did to United.
“Pienaar, Osman and Cahill can do the same to Chelsea. They are the Goodison equivalent of Messi, Iniesta and Xavi. All of Everton’s vertically- challenged stars are busy little bees. They can help the Toffees reach new heights – particularly Cahill.”
So now you know, folks: short is the new tall.