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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Farewell Ledley King.

Come in No.26,  your time is up.

As Mark Twain once said after his obituary had been published in the New York Times,  'Reports of my death have been widely exaggerated'. So too the end of Ledley's career has been widely and often forcast. Such predictions will inevitably come true one day.
 Has the time arrived? Greg, more in sorrow than in anger, suggests that it might have.
A Kent Pub has been quieter than The Library this week. Less talking, more time for  drinking I should imagine.
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The Greg Meyer Column
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The March Hare Is Off ... March 1 2012.
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Legends Are Mortal ... Even At White Hart Lane.
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In the immortal words of Thierry Henry ..
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                " .. the best defender in Europe. He is the only guy who does not hold defenders.He will get the ball off you without you even noticing."   The Independent.
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Tomas Rosicky changed all that a little after 1:30 last Sunday afternoon.
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Seems the looming headlights of an onrushing train headed towards a Spurs great laden with injury and just plain stuffed knees cannot be avoided any longer. The Spurs Rolls-Royce would have spun and made up sufficient ground to snuff out the onrushing Czech express. The cross would not have made the boot of Rosicky because of the usual deft and experienced touch of Ledley King.
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The legendary pace has dwindled for some time but that was masked in part by his superb sense of positioning. His magnificent ability to read the play remains. It's just the getting there that is the problem.
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Before Manchester City at the Etihad there were smoke signals as to his mobility diminishing significantly. However injury time at Manchester brought the alarm bells sharply into focus. Mobility gave way to desperation resulting in the most unledley like tackle on Ballotelli. Would not have happened in his pomp. Just ask Thierry.
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Even Rolls-Royce Motors exited stage left after a distinguished career on the English arena. The Germans took over in 1998 with BMW now holding the reins. Not the same as the original model. Same here for Ledley Brenton King.
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Pay as you play seems an insult. Moreover Spurs need a new Ledley King and not a legend fading before our very eyes. Our pub think the sadness of our talismans retirement can be best met by a classy quality,fit and able Centre back.Vertongen anyone.
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Meanwhile At A Kent Pub ... the Derby Disaster Hangover Cure.
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Yep was a little quieter this week amongst our regulars. We prefer to call it philosophical. Still perhaps there is a cure and the answer for the team with United ahead on Sunday.
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In the words of Brad Gilbert ( tennis not football) ... the best response by the players to a tough defeat is..
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                 " Short Term Memory Loss."
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Talk to you later on a day when farewell is on our minds. Harry Belafonte of 'Jamica Farewell' fame turns 85 today.
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Cheers ... be nice if it was just Au revoir rather than Adieu to Ledley ... Sadly Greg Meyer.      coys.

Video spot.
Hopefully an ongoing tribute rather than an elegy. Some of the best of Ledley King.





20 comments:

@andrewgold1 said...

I wouldn't write him off, he's had patchy form before and come back from it. Last season we couldn't win a game without him, and we had a better record early on this season with him than without, so I'd consider it a minor blip..

Having said that, I take your point and really like Kaboul. We all seem to be in agreement that Dawson is very good but not quite at that level. That Dutch guy maybe I haven't seen him play and neither have most people raving about him.

Caulker could be his natural successor... I hope so!

Anonymous said...

Ledley has certainly lost some of his aura, but one bad game does not mean we should write him off. The reality is that Harry's tactics meant that the midfield battle was lost, and this put huge pressure on the defence. And most people under constant pressure will make mistakes. I can barely remember Ekotto getting into the Arsenal half in the second half, which rarely happens, and shows how much pressure we were under. So let's the King a chance

Anonymous said...

So we're not even allowing Ledley a game off form, had he not lunged when ballotelli was through and ballotelli scored, I know I for one would have said why didn't you try and block any way you can.

Ledley and bae were badly exposed by bales roaming, bae also had a bad game. You don't have a record that the king had just a couple of games ago without be the very best.

If Harry gets us back to basics, people working hard, tracking back, in position...the king will reign again.

I think he can carry on a bit part player when fit for a couple more years.

Cosy

Anonymous said...

Ledders has been my favourite player at the lane for as long as I can remember he reminds me in a way of Gary mabbutt for his courage defying doctors with amazing results as much as I think the king could do a job in the foreseeable future I feel now is the time to try and find a back 4 that play regular personally I would keep him around as a 4th choice now and swap bassong for the dutch fella LONG LIVE THE KING!!!

Anonymous said...

1 bad game and you all write him off.

What a bunch of c**ts

Anonymous said...

its no secret how good king is but it becomeing a problem the partnership should be kaboul and dawson if one of them get injured king come in we have got to build a partnership and with kings knee it cant be him next year sell bassong let gallas go bring caulker back off loan [dawson/kaboul/caulker/king]

Enorme Nuez said...

Look, the entire team was poor in the second half against Le Ar5e. You can't write his obit now. We'll see how he fares in the next match.

Anonymous said...

Rule out King at your peril. That's one quiet fighter I wouldn't want to defy. One game where everyone needed to pick up the slack does not a retirement make.

Anonymous said...

Very True! 1 Bad game lol and people start talk of the best center back we've/europe's had in the last 10 years at least being lol Finished lol Come on lol Are you F@£king serious ? lol Idiots lol

Anonymous said...

we had a terrible game at the emirates,saha`s goal was lucky,the penalty shouldn`t have been one.Arsenal looked terrible at the back,but our midfield was out of the game and we didn`t get the chance to exploit this.ledders is class and allways has been,we fucked it up as a team and a manager.

JimmyG2 said...

People various.
It's not my job to defend Greg, his views are his own.
But if you read the whole piece and not just the headline you will realise that this is, overall, more of a tribute to Ledley and not simply an obituary.
'Use your mentality; face up to reality' as it says in the old song. The writing has been on the wall especially this season.
We need to do some forward planning and not just keep our fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

We lost it in midfield, Stevie wonder could tell you that, why complicate something thats simple, its doing the simple things that got us here!
Bale stay fucking left and cover Benoir ffs! Ledders keep Benoir focused, we all know he can drift and the gypos attacked us there and won at a canter.
Why o why was Lennon not playing on the right???????????????????
Why did Sandro not sit in front of the midfield and sweep up? He thought he was Modric!

Anonymous said...

We never had the midfield to lose.
Shocking tactics and inept formations were the root cause of Sundays debacle.

King, BAE and the rest of the defence were far too exposed.

Anonymous said...

i thought i saw ledley in a bad midfield clash.if so this could explain his poor form afterwards.the combination of kaboul and daws was the reason we lost both manchester games at the start of the season.both of them have slow reaction times.kaboul may get faster.daws no.

Anonymous said...

Don't think we have a decent partner for either Dawson or Kaboul apart from Ledley.
Daws and Kab don't make a good pair, no Gallas either. I agree this has to be Leds last season for us, sure keep him on if he can play a part but for how long can a player keep up form at that level without training at least a bit? In fact Harry has probably kept him going longer than most managers would... Lets hope he's still got a few blinding games left in him, to help this season anyway.

Anonymous said...

What the...?

We have lost TWO GAMES in ages, against Man City and the Scum, and you people are jumping on the guy's back?

Anonymous said...

Ledley King is getting slower but I agree that Redknapp should take the blame, for starting with Krancjaer, taking Saha off, and not giving Lennon a run.

Anonymous said...

Fellow Yids how bad was Gareth Bale, we had no outlet, we did not support our forwards and we were overrun in midfield, Kranjcar had a mare and rightly had the crook cast at HT... Had we played as we did at Man C we would have probably won by more than the 2-0 lead we had... LK has been a great servant to this club and given his injury predicament it is remarkable the shifts he puts in, we are certainly a stronger side with him included... Lets cement 3rd and win the FA Cup and allow England to dangle the carrot for HR....

Anonymous said...

Clearly right that the end is nigh. Doesn't detract in anyway from his legendary status but the time is coming, it wasn't just a bad game I'm very sorry to say. Will always be in my best Spurs XI that I've seen, along with Mabbs at CB. Kaboul + 1 next year. Not Daws though.

Anonymous said...

The replay shows that the cross into Rosicky was deflected so Ledley's slide was purposefully in the right place - of course we can argue about whether he should have to leave his feet which DOES have to do with his age.
No, Ledley is not the biggest problem point but rather almost everyone else, especially on defending corners. We have a lot of ball watchers who somehow can't figure out that the attackers need to be stared at instead.
Ledley may go down in one big heap one day but right now he is still the best of the lot.
Harry's blind spot is defensive fundamentals, and to be fair, when the team is scoring, the defense usually takes care of itself - a trade-off I'm sure he calculates. Even with Man U, the Ade goal (if allowed) makes a huge difference in how that match turns out. Iratei

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