As I was reading Soccernet's article, I came across this one on the top 10 flops of this season. Absolutely aghast to see a certain Gabriel Paletta within that list. What are you thinking, sir?
I have to admit that his performance this season hasn't really set the world alight and he was part of the defence that leaked a grand total of 9 goals 2 miserable games against Arsenal (right?).
But for God's sake, this is only his first season at the club and as an Argentinian, there's a certain learning curve for the young defender before he can actually excel. Just look, how many Argentinians actually made it big in the Premiership?
As I've mentioned, he's a youngster. Although Rafa Benitez did bigged him up before he signed, claiming he can be as good as Carragher, there was little expectations from the majority of the Liverpool fans because we know he'll have to work his way up and past the likes of Carragher, Agger and even Hyypia.
Proof came earlier with the 5-0 pre-season defeat to Mainz
Taking an example from a pre-season friendly just makes you wonder about the credibility of it all. Everyone played crap perhaps including a few key players so why highlight only him?
Rafael Benitez has numerous reasons to be grateful for Jamie Carragher's dependability and fine fitness record. The prospect of Paletta deputising ranks high among them.
You've forgotten a certain Sami Hyypia, eh?
Putting Paletta alongside major flops like Khalid Boulahrouz and Andriy Shevchenko is in some ways, laughable. To me, they are in totally different echelon and should not be even classified together because some came to England, already with huge reputation and steady career while why picked on a young Argentinian centre half who is here to learn and ply his trades?
And a certain Emile Heskey didn't even make it to the list. How ridiculous.