Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Tuesday March 2 2010
Something that wrangles on me a little bit this afternoon is a comment that was made, mainly in passing, by England boss Fabio Capello.
His assertion is that Stephen Warnock has improved as a player since his move to Aston Villa.
Now this is not a stab on Villa or his form for his current club, Warnock has been about as reliable and hard working as anyone in the second City.
But it is quite patently obvious that Fabio paid very little attention to his form or his performances when Stephen donned the blue and white of Blackburn Rovers.
Stephen was outstanding during his time at the club, whether he played in his regulation left back spot or in a less familiar central midfield role.
Now, the main point I am trying to make here is that the only thing that has improved since Warnock's move to Aston is the publicity his performances receive - Villa are a higher profile club and are involved in more high profile matches so if Stephen plays well it is noticed more than when he did the same at Ewood Park.
It really annoys me that big footballing figures such as pundits/managers and now the England boss just go with the general consensus or the accepted cliche that gets bandied about.
Stephen Warnock has not improved since he moved to Aston Villa in the summer, he has just maintained the same high level of performance.
I know it is difficult to accept that clubs such as Rovers have/had good players but to give us some sort of credit seems to be on the same level as giving the devil his due nowadays.
I have no doubt that Stephen is a top quality left back and a worthy replacement for Wayne Bridge/Ashley Cole in the England ranks. He deserves a crack at it as he was more than good enough when he played for 'little old us'.
Come on Fabio, I thought you knew better and did your homework.
Why can't people stop being so blind and ignorant?
Date:Tuesday March 2 2010
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