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The Guidetti enigma

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I was asked to contribute a piece on John Guidetti to a German magazine last month.  John was on his way to winning the European U21 Championships with Sweden, while being every inch the football personality.  The German publisher wanted to know why Celtic, Stoke and Manchester City had decided against re-employing a striker with a flattering pedigree.

During last season it looked like John was destined for the English lower leagues, or perhaps one of the resting homes in Turkey, but a few weeks at a tournament later he’s won himself a five year deal with Celta de Vigo.

Guidetti is a better player than he looked at Celtic last season.  We don’t play a system which lends itself to a classic, British style, penalty box striker, which is what John is, but would you give him a five year contract to play in La Liga?  Of course not.  You’ve watched the player way more than Celta’s scouts and you know better than they do.

This is the truism in scouting, people who watch a player week-in, week-out, know vastly more than a scout who only gets to see a month’s games, or a handful of games across the season, or worse, a selection of DVDs provided by the agent, or TV highlights.

What’s made John Guidetti is his outlier season, 2011-12, when on loan at Feyenoord he smacked home an astonishing 20 goals in 23 games.  Without that season, the Celta scouts wouldn’t even know his name.  Maybe the serious illness he subsequently suffered robbed him of his mojo, maybe he’s a pound or two heavier than his fighting weight, but my money’s on Vigo suffering buyers regret soon enough.

The best of luck to John in Galicia, but I suspect he’ll be available for loan this time next year.

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  1. We would have been delighted to sign him. Feyenoord too.

     

     

    He just cost too much

  2. desertbhoy

     

     

    About 3hr 45 mins door to door.

     

     

    Oh and I get chewed up the whole way there and back :o)

     

     

    The sharks only bite :o)

  3. Papajoe55

     

     

    Had dinner at Yanns ? A few months back, well worth the visit :-)

     

     

    Hail Hail

  4. prestonpans bhoys on

    Well best of luck to John however he must have very persuasive patter to get a five year contract!

  5. he needs to lose all the sideshow, all the extras… like the wacky celebrations etc…

     

    and just concentrate on playing well and scoring goals

  6. joe_joe_john_bobby_teddy on

    Very harsh, he wore the hoops and for that he gets my support. All the best john

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CANAMALAR

     

     

    Aye,apologies to PAUL67 for the bandwidth on that link.

     

     

    But I canny get any skwerr or a decent roll doon here.

  8. How come Serena Williams is more muscular than any of the men contenders, steroids? The Williams camp are always glum looking lot.

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    Personally I wish JG every success. He turned our season around.

     

     

    That his ambitions outweighed ours,time will tell who was correct. He doesn’t really fit the RD philosophy. Neither would Jimmy Johnstone.

  10. BMCUWP

     

     

    Comfort indeed..way down south as our friend from Sicily would say.

     

     

    Have a wonderful buffday.

     

     

    :o)

  11. Let’s hope he gets to take the penalties… Wouldn’t want him going in a huff again.

  12. Surprised at Guidetti deal

     

     

    Sevco fans claimed last season in the championship was too much for Lee McCulloch, 3 year deal in the SPL as a PLAYER……………………..Kilmarnock??????

     

     

    Lee McCulloch has signed a three year deal as player/assistant manager with Kilmarnock

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    billybear

     

     

    15:14 on 11 July, 2015

     

    It’s a tad unfair on saying Stuart McColl couldn’t get rangers out of the championship. He was thrown in at the deep end with Super’s shambolic assembly. He almost made it, seeing off the mighty Queens and dumping Hibs. It just seems like normal service had resumed re Rangers Motherwell matches, i.e. He was always the losing manager in those games.

     

    Watch Weirburtons Wonders Win With Wizardry

     

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~++~~~~~~~~~~

     

     

    Once again,a pleasant post from a pleasant person. See,I can do that alliteration stuff too!

     

     

    Seriously,I enjoy your input on here,markedly sensible and non-controversial in the main.

     

     

    However,since you like your Ws so much,here’s another one(nae offence)

     

     

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G2DCExerOsA

  14. The certificate arrived for the brick the kids got me for Father’s Day,

     

     

    It’s on the Bertie Auld wall 1, a great player and great company…sharp as a tack.

     

     

    Oh, and the inscription is” Happy Fathers Day Sipsini”.

     

     

    The pair of widos :))

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LIONROARS67

     

     

    Totally unfair to expect someone’s elbows to play at that age.

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SIPSINI

     

     

    Probably cheaper than sending you a card nowadays. HH,proud of yer kids.

  17. Muscat_Bhoy1264 on

    I’d disagree, I think Guidetti is a class act and we should have given him more respect. He is one of the few chances we’ll have of signing a genuinely potentially world class striker. Still remember being a the Inter Milan game when he came off the bench to get us the draw, realistically, who do we have on the bench that can do that against big teams at that level? Top player in my opinion, if Celta give him a chance, he’ll do well.

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    when that link asked to verify your age I decided not to bother ……….

     

     

    just got rid of those pesky pop-ups :-))

     

     

    HH

  19. cowiebhoy

     

     

    15:33 on 11 July, 2015

     

    Fair effort in this set from Garbine.

     

     

    ______

     

     

    Serena was just too strong for her, think that Garbine has a Wimbledon in her.

  20. papajoe55

     

    Sorry, not ignoring your question. Just too slow so my response is on the previous article and I hate those time-wasting double posts. :-)

  21. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SOUTHOFTUNIS

     

     

    Cheers,pal. I’ll have a look for The Good Lady From Padova’s fave choon and send it out if it’s here. Otherwise it will be in my parents’ garage.

     

     

    She can drive you mental with it,and you can just tell her to stop buying so many bliddy shoes!

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