Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Finally An Official Word...

Moroccan striker Nabil El Zhar is confident he can be a success at Anfield after completing his move from St Etienne.

El Zhar, who was born in France but has opted to represent Morocco at international level, came to prominence during last year's World Youth Championships where he helped his country reach the semi-finals of the competition before they were knocked out by Brazil.

Having decided to bring an end to his career with St Etienne, he's now hopeful of forcing his way into Rafael Benitez's Anfield plans.

He said: "St Etienne offered me a professional deal but I waited before signing it because I was unconvinced it was in my best interests to stay.

"When we came back for pre-season training I came back with the seniors, but they weren't really expecting me.

"So I preferred to pack my suitcases and go somewhere where I'd have a long-term future, that's to say Liverpool.

"They are a big club, but I'm convinced I've made the right decision to sign for them. I'm aiming on making a name for myself here. It's my intention to play in the first team eventually. I want to prove myself, make a name for myself and, if I do that, my chances will come here."

Drogballs: First of all, welcome aboard, Mr Elzharinho. Anyway this player has already played twice for the Liverpool reserves and only today, the official word was out that we've signed him. His official website states that he has signed a 4 year contract with Liverpool.

I've looked around for more information about this Morrocan kid and he seemed to be touted yet again as 'the next Zidane'. I know, you guys must be thinking about Bruno Cheyrou because Gerard Houllier said he will be the next. We've had various 'the next (insert legend name here)' like Sinama-Pongolle and Le Tallec. But sadly, they struggled to hold down a place in the squad and both are not at the club already, although technically Sinama-Pongolle is only away on loan.

Rafa of course, made some mistakes with his purchases in recent times with the likes of Morientes and Nunez. But we too know that after taking over the helm at Liverpool, the first thing he did was to change the scouting system we had and the scouts are continually looking for talents abroad.

This player here is a Morrocan Under 20 player and he operates on the wing as well as 'in the hole'. Think Luis Garcia, with perhaps more sidesteps and tricks. He could be our answer to Cristiano Ronaldo but I feel there's much to learn for him. The tenacity and pace of the English game is something difficult to get hold of and he must understand that you can never side step your way into the opponent's penalty area without getting your legged swiped at.

So we'll wait and see with anticipation whether is he the next Zidane or just another wannabe.


Elia said...

It's unfair for any player to be labled the next Zidane,kind like the next Michael Jordan.They have accomplished so much in their careers it's hard to live up to that.Hopefully he can start his own legacy.



Yup, not like we haven't had enough of the next great player or something. Let's hope he does well and make it to the starting eleven in years to come.