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Lucas Neill: Impossible to Replace?

boddingtonblue feels that Lucas Neill is "impossible to replace" and shares his views on what the Australian has, and will continue (at least for now) to bring us.

When Mr Souness stole Lucas Neill from Millwall he had a sneaky thought at the back of his mind that he had signed a real footballer, so it has proved. He was initially his masters clone a complete competitor, who hated losing; even going to the extreme (in referee's minds) on many occasions causing red cards and suspensions. He has matured as a footballer however and would walk into any of the top teams, so do not be surprised if another Scottish manager, just down the road, comes in with a late bid for our Lucas.

I was then a little surprised to hear some booing from the Blackburn end during the debacle against the toon. Yes he was poor but I think he was an easy target. How he can be booed and Nonda left alone defies explanation? The reaction has been predictable, a winning goal in Europe, which may earn us more money than his fee, a defiant gesture towards his distracters and a dramatic improvement in his performances, perhaps the booing has refocused his mind.

It has made me realise how much we will miss him when he goes. If we were further up the league he would still have wanted to go but the abuse he would have received would have been nil, he has been picked on because the team have been poor. So lets give him a good send off lets not give him any reason to come back and ram our taunts down our throats like a certain centre forward now retired.

A little of Lucas Neill's commitment, energy, detirmination and unwillingness to hide, even when things are not going well are attributes that a lot of his team mates lack and they are qualities we will not replace.

This article was written by boddingtonblue.

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 17 2006

Time: 11:55PM

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I'm totally with boddingtonblue on the booing of Neill, totally unneeded and unnecessary, someone wanting to better themselves should not be met with such a reaction. I DO however still 100% disagree with Neill being captain but if it benefits the team for him to play until he leaves then he has to, and will play. If this certain Scotsman from down the road did come in for Neill I would be VERY surprised though! Neill is a great professional with many qualities that will be hard to replace but he is not someone that I personally feel will be impossible to replace, he's VERY good nad has top qualities about him but I'm still uncertain as to whether or not he really is as good as some people may think?
Hughes Da Man
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17/12/2006 23:59:00

Nobody is impossible to replace, but I agree that the antics of some fans leaves a lot to be desired!
sandgroanun
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18/12/2006 15:36:00

here here! Did Alan Curbs get Booed when he left Charlton!? in this day and age I think its commendable someone has actually said pre-window I want to leave at least this way its given Sparky some time to look at replacements rather than rushing into it because he has to! Great servant, will be missed but .......... No-one is irreplaceable...
govtpros
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18/12/2006 17:09:00

Whatever the reasons, motives etc. he's been honest and come out and given us prior warning, which may eventually end up being 12 months notice, although 6 months (still ample!) is looking more likely. Cut out the booing Rovers fans, he's still one of our own... for now.
Hughes Da Man
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18/12/2006 17:52:00

Lucas Neill is a quality player as everyone knows but is and will not be irreplaceable, there are very few players that are!! Some u miss more than others, Neill may prove to be this but he cant be booed for trying to improve himself as a player at a bigger club, im talking about Barca or Milan there. Other clubs in the premier league like Newcastle etc are no step up, they may offer more money but that would it. Liverpool may be in the running but again is he there number one choice or just seen a a cheap option, ala Bellamy - who is doing well but everyone knows was second to third choice for 'pool in the summer
Clint
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19/12/2006 11:57:00

Bellamy still will be second or third choice when money is available to pool, he's only a short term measure I feel, although he is doing well now having settled in and being given a chance.
Hughes Da Man
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19/12/2006 12:11:00

What a superb player. He doesn't deserved to be booed at all. He has given everything for the cause over the last few years and is the most improved player from the Souness years. He doesnt sulk, his performances and attitude have not been of a petulant, spoilt, child like someone else who plays left back when he doesnt get his own way (no names mentioned cough Ashley Cole cough), he has been professional all the way. I for one will shed a tear when he leaves. If he does go to Liverpool all the scousers will say something along the lines of "oh no, we've signed a thug"... but believe me, they will have one hell of a defender.
MikeyGamst
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19/12/2006 13:44:00

Liverpool will be signing a superb defender. Maybe a while ago he was a thug, but as boddingtonblue said he was brought as something of a clone to his then master (Graeme Souness.) He is still aggressive and competitive but he's curved this to make him a better player.
Hughes Da Man
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19/12/2006 19:54:00

 

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