Date:Friday November 24 2006
Tugay's goal for Blackburn Rovers against Tottenham Hotspur is a goal I personally will never tire of seeing! If you are the same here is your chance to view it again and again.
The maestro's superb 25-yard volley with textbook technique only gets better each time I see it and is even better from various angles! Tugay has the knack of keeping the ball motionless when he strikes it, the ball doesn't seem to rotate or spin it as it seeks out its target! To see goal click here
The studio guest for Sunday's live Sky game Tim Sherwood, a former Rovers player of course summed the strike up brilliantly when he said:
"Paul Robinson nearly saved it… on the way out!"
The veteran's performance before, as well as after the goal was another hour long master class display for any youngster to watch and admire and SHOULD have seen him earn the Man of the Match award. But instead of him earning this and leaving Ewood Park to standing ovation as would have been inevitable when he was substituted by Mark Hughes at some point, again another scenario of almost certain inevitability, this applause had to be muted due to the shocking decision to send him off!
I make no secret of my admiration of the legendary Turk, with him one of the footballers I rate at the very top of my pyramid of "greatest" players, Rovers or otherwise so another performance and goal only add to why the club need to get him tied down to a new contract sooner rather than later.
Tugay himself wants to remain a Rovers player but if he isn't offered something soon he could (although as unlikely as it is!) be poached away for one last hurrah with another side?
Gary McAllister was very much at the veteran stage when Liverpool made the shock decision to bring him in from Coventry City and he played a key role in their treble winning season earning him an extension to his initial one year deal. Maybe Gary Mac wasn't quite as old as Tugay at the time but if he keeps performing like he is maybe another club will be tempted to take a punt of the former Turkish International?
The sooner a contract is put in front of Tugay the better it will be for the club and those growing up within it as he will be an example to any aspiring Rovers midfield youngster. Watching him play and training with him could and almost certainly would see them learn things they couldn't from many other people!
A year-long contract with an option of a second at the very least has to be what will be in the offering…
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Date:Friday November 24 2006
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