Monday, May 21, 2007

Is Varney the new Lisbie?

From a Crewe forum on new signing Luke Varney: 'Lightening [sic] Pace, direct, good with either foot, good in the air and above all a 100%er (won't stop running all game if told to do so). However, a total confidence player and known to miss the easiest of chances. Only really played to his potential this season, previous ones have been stop start and fairly inconsistent.

He has had a great season for us, but every time he gets through on goal you still never sure what is going to happen. The challenge for Charlton is take that natural talent and turn him into a deadly striker, who given a chance will score 9/10 times.

If he gets off to a bad start you may be left with a player that will disappoint, however if he can improve his finishing you have got yourself a player where the sky is the limit.

The Carling Cup game against Man Utd, showed he has got in him. He had the likes of Heinze and Brown back peddling like they were facing Ronaldo for the whole 90 minutes. That night he was like a premiership star. If you can get that out of him more often enjoy some great performances. It won't be through lack of effort or commitment, but I think most Crewe fans still wonder if he can do it at the very highest level.

In summary, you have got a player with real potential, but you haven't signed the next Dean Ashton. Ashton had real class, made the game look easy, always looked like scoring if given half a chance. In fact it was too easy for him at Crewe.


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