Things we’re talking about
After seeing Lee Camp strutting around Pride Park last season, it was nice to see him humbled in the week with a catastrophic error for Northern Ireland against Estonia. The goal made it 2-0, which effectively killed a game labelled as “win or bust” by NI captain Aaron Hughes before the game. The headline after the game was “captain Hughes hints at quitting international scene”. So thanks to Camp Northern Ireland are out the Euro’s and in danger of losing their captain. To see the goal, click below:
It capped a bad week for Camp, who no doubt felt a pang of envy at seeing Frank Fielding called up for the the full England squad only months after Lee had given up and opted for Northern Ireland. On top of that, Camp has also lost the Forest captaincy after having the armband for most of last season in the absence of Paul McKenna. One of McClaren’s first acts was to give it Luke Chambers. Plenty of ammunition to give it Camp with both barrels when we visit the City Ground then: all together now “you’ll never play for England/ England’s No.1/ Where’s your armband gone?” etc.
Still partly on the subject of Camp, the Derby Telegraph did quite a feature on the academy/ youth set up on Monday. One of the articles had a headline about Huddlestone, Camp and Grant being notable successes, then proceeded to talk at length about Huddlestone being undersold. If that was bad business, what about having two England U21 international ‘keepers and getting a grand total of £200k for them? It rarely gets a mention but Grant and Camp have gone on to play over 300 Championship games between them; Grant has moved for £500k whilst Camp was being linked with Swansea for a couple of mill in the summer. Meanwhile, we’ve spent five years and a lot of money trying to find a decent Championship ‘keeper. We also let Tuggy go for a song when Sheff Wedneday later turned down £1.7m for him from Burnely and got a total of £50k for Lee Holmes, Nathan Doyle and Pablo Mills – all of whom were thought to have glittering futures.
Maybe we should be grateful we got anything for Huddlestone! There’s no doubt that Huddlestone’s subsequent career has shown Spurs to have bagged a bargain but there’s no telling exactly how players will develop – just look at John Bostock who Spurs signed at a similar age, causing Simon Jordan to give up football due to the low fee awarded (approx £500k). Well, you could look at him if he was anywhere near the Spurs bench, even in the Europa league. And Spurs weren’t laughing when they paid £2.2m for Rasiak – so let’s stop going on about the Huddlestone fee.
Finally, it was interesting to see Glick taking about the “half a dozen” players we hoped to move on. Leacock and Bywater are definite; Dave Martin must be one but who are the others? Pearo sometimes gets mentioned but is also never far from the first team picture when fit. Varney could be included but that still leaves one or two. Answers on a post card.