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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Pedersen is one of the stand-out players of season 2005/2006

Blackburn Rovers left-winger, Morten Gamst Pedersen, is the answer to any Newcastle supporter who doubts Graeme Souness's ability to make a good value acquisition. The £1.5m buy from Tromso in Norway is turning out to be one of the best players of the 2005/2006 season.

Last night Pedersen scored his seventh goal of the season for Blackburn to level the first leg League Cup semi-final against Man Utd at 1-1. It was the left winger's third goal in two games against Man Utd this season. And more than that, it was another goal of stunning technique that saw the ball soar of his right boot into the top right hand corner of the net.

Pedersen is creating his own personal goal of the season competition. A left-foot volley on the run from an extreme angle that rocketed into the roof of the net against Fulham caught everyone's attention about the awesome technique of Pedersen.

Then on New Years Day he demonstrated his technique is so excellent that he can repeat stunning goals: this time blasting another left foot volley from an even more acute angle into the roof of the net at Wigan. A game letter he curled a delicate left-footed free-kick against Portsmouth to start a come-from-behind victory.

I'm sure I heard a commentator say that until the age of thirteen he was solely right-footed and then made a deliberate decision to become left-footed. The perfect technique of his right-footed goal last night is evidence that he indeed is fully two-footed. Aside from this relatively rare attribute, he has an excellent shooting technique that repeats, a good work rate, and is an accurate crosser of the ball from the left wing. Overall, he is a pure footballer that brings a lot of class and quality to Mark Hughes well-coached Blackburn side.

At only 24 years old, Pedersen will surely become a transfer target of the elite clubs in Europe if he continues his rapid progression in the Blackburn shirt.

When Souness bought the player in August 2004, he said:

'Morten is a working left-sided player who chips in with goals. I would say he is a very good all-rounder at this time. He is a young man who is athletic, not short of technique and who has a great future in our football. We think we've signed a very good player.'

Sixteen months on, and it certainly looks like Souness was spot-on with his judgement on Morten Gamst Pedersen.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morten Gamst Pedersen is right now one of the worlds best footballers!
Manchester should have bought him, but luyckely they didnt :)

1/12/2006 1:53 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pity it took a decent Manager to pick him and get the bset out of him.
No arguments Souness can pick talent - He just can'y Manage or Coach it - A disgruntled Toon Fan

1/12/2006 3:07 pm

Blogger anish said...

Yeah, the toon army is struggling. But according to me, souness needs some more time, and maybe a little bit of luck. The only piece of luck they had was when they beat Arsenal (please forgive me - I am true gunner). But on a more serious note, he has been really unlucky when it comes to injuried, and now the 20 million quid guy has broken is meta-tarsel. Newcastle certainly have a good team on paper and a good manager, but no real luck.
And on Pederson - he is class! His aggression makes his two footedness even better - and souness was pretty accurate about him. I alos think that Souness is under a lot of pressure from the board and the fans, they need to understand his case too. I am not a big fan of souness or anything, it is jsut what i feel.

1/12/2006 6:09 pm

Blogger T said...

Thanx for your comments!

Second anon- I definitely take your point about Souness needing to show he can coach talent as well as spotting talent. It will be interesting to see how Albert Luque progresses under Souness... and in particular if he can emulate Pedersen.

Anish, you should check out an article I wrote about Newcastle a couple of weeks ago- our opinion's are really similar.

1/12/2006 10:48 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will take at least the £17m that Chelsea paid for Duff for any of the "big" clubs, that usually covet our gems, to get their avaricious hands on Pedersen.

1/13/2006 1:12 am

Blogger RedsMan said...

Pedersen is a very tasty prospect, his main thing is attacking and his left-foot is quite acute, but he has still to penetrate the flanks in the same mold as his predecessor Duff. Great goals but too few and far between. Souness' words are very much spot on and I'm surprised he didn't try to bring him to Newcastle instead of spending much more on Albert Luque. Perhaps Anon (3.07AM) had a point about his management of players. Souness spent months on Pedersen's trail, amongst interest from other Premiership clubs, brought him to Ewood Park and then departed for St James' a month later, therefore didn't spend the time with the very player he pursued for so long.

Maybe my words may come to prove accurate themselves, when I predicted pre-season Souness would have this season to make or break in my article of Wedensday 29th June 'St James' Park getting it together??' I don't think it's right, I sensed that the club would heavily expect quick results this season after Souness joined in September 2004, and certainly now after acquiring new players, particularly Michael Owen.

This season is Souness's second, but Newcastle fans may be able to take some solace from Souness's charge at Blackburn and may need to wait that little bit more for better progress. He took over in March 2000, in his first full season, 2000-2001, they gained promotion to the Premiership and the season after, 2001-2002, they beat Spurs 2-1 to win the League Cup. A certain Matt Jansen scored first and is now surplus at Ewood Park too, so perhaps a certain Scotsman in Newcastle could consider a conditional move for Jansen for the remainder of the season, particularly as another certain English striker is currently injured.


1/13/2006 4:54 am

Blogger T said...

Redsman, I diito your comments on Pedersen, apart from the point that his goals are 'too few and far between'. I reckon seven goals from the left wing by the middle of January is a very good rate.

I made the same point to my brother about questioning why Souness did not buy Pedersen instead of Luque (great EFT minds thinking alike!?)? Luque cost five times more than Pedersen- but is nowhere close to emulating MGP's form for the Toon. Then again it is early days for Luque.

Anon (1:12am) I hope Blackburn keeps onto Pedersen because he does bring high quality to your team.

1/13/2006 1:45 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Seems as if Sam Allardyce had the same thoughts as I about Jansen.


1/13/2006 10:44 pm


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