I don’t hate the whinging Welshman!
Watching Aston Villa’s draw with Manchester City last night provoked a bit of reaction. Along with many football followers, I’ve kept one eye on City this season. Given all of the money invested and players that have come in, big things and big performances are expected. And no one at Eastlands can boast better current form than the pantomime baddie Craig Bellamy.
Bellamy has always been something of an enigma in football: one of those players that you love if he plays for you, loathe otherwise. In the main, let’s face it, the man comes across as a bit of an plank. He continually whines, whinges and waves fingers at officials, garnering the irk of opposition players and fans. He has the demeanour of chav, the attitude of an adolescent, so what is to like about the forward?
Well, this is where the problem surfaces. For some reason I’ve started to develop a fondness for the lad. No idea why, apart from the fact that he is actually a pretty decent, exciting player. Which led me to think, who else in football have I developed a respect for despite their obvious misgivings?
Roy Keane rings a bell, especially when it was reported that he replied to a hard luck text with a “Go f*ck yourself” to Dwight Yorke, but I throw it open to the masses: which players have you ended up developing an unexplained like for?