Goodbye and Good Luck Shefki
When Kuqi arrived on loan back in the middle of September, the enthusiasm that greeted his arrival was akin to that of signing Paul Dickov. However, like Dickov, he immediately won over fans with his 110% effort, whilst also showing the odd touch of class.
The first thing that struck me about Kuqi was just how big he is. Not only is he tall but also as broad as a wardrobe! His presence in both boxes was always a bonus and suddenly it was worth putting a cross in. His chasing down of defenders was remarkable for his size and age and no defender would enjoy the sight of Shefki charging full-tilt towards them, elbows
pumping and veins bulging.
One of his finest hours was against Watford at home. Watford thought their game plan was going fine when they successfully kicked Bueno out the game after half an hour but Kuqi had other ideas. Left on the bench like a caged animal, Shefki terrorised the Hornets backline (Martin Taylor in particular, who up to that point was looking very comfortable) and capped his performance with a thunderous goal.
Kuqi started all of the Rams “classic” home performances (Palace, ‘Boro, Preston, Portsmouth) and also started away from home when we gained points at Barnsley and Ipswich. He has sat out many of the recent defeats. An argument to have used him more perhaps?
When I realised a few weeks ago that Kuqi would be missing for the Christmas fixtures, I texted my brother to say how gutted I was – already visualising him bullying Wes Morgan all over the City Ground. As it has happened, he hasn’t been involved for weeks. I, for one, wish he had.