Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Brilliant Berbatov Not Long for North London
The Guardian, March 16th, 2007 3:35PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

At a cost of just over $20 million, Dimitar Berbatov may have already proven to be best buy in Europe this season. The Guardian's Rob Smyth writes a glowing panegyric to Tottenham's lanky Bulgarian striker, who punctuated a magnificent first season this past week with man-of-the-match performances against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Braga in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday.

Berbatov hasn't merely scored seven goals in seven games (and 19 in 33 starts); he's scored brilliant goals, Thierry Henry-like goals, while playing a crucial hand in several others for Spurs. Against Braga, Berbatov bagged the game's first two goals-one a deft flick into the far corner with the outside of the right foot, the other a fiercely dispatched volley into the roof of the net-before slicing open its defense with a pass that set up Steed Malbranque for Tottenham's tie-winning goal.

Smyth says that performance was a microcosm of what Berbatov is all about: he's a deadly two-footed finisher blessed with the skills and the sensibility of a playmaker, who's both quick on the ball and good in the air. Indeed, foot speed may be the only attribute he lacks. Smyth likens him to Arsenal's Henry at his peak, proclaiming: "Right here, right now [Berbatov] is the Premiership's best player." The 26 year-old Bulgarian is certainly at the height of his powers, and he still has several years left in him. One wonders how long Tottenham will be able to keep him? Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
The case for more female coaches in youth soccer    
Nicole Farley, who coaches at Southern California's Laguna United SC and Dana High School, says "I ...
Nasri to Miss a Month Following Surgery     
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will miss a month after having groin surgery over the weekend. ...
Herrera Out as Man United Injury Crisis Worsens    
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be out for "weeks" with a fractured rib in yet ...
Giroud Signs Gunners Extension    
Goal.com reports that injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year contract extension with the ...
Defender Helped Finance Barca Move    
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu on Monday confirmed that he paid three million euros out of his ...
Man United Mulls Midweek Friendlies Abroad    
The BBC reports that Manchester United is thinking about playing potentially lucrative midweek friendlies abroad since ...
Cole 'Never Expected' to Play Against Lampard in UCL    
AS Roma defender Ashley Cole said he was surprised to come up against former Chelsea teammate ...
Luis Suarez Ban Upheld in FIFA 15     
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is not currently playable in the "career mode" of FIFA 15, the ...
Simeone: Juve a 'Final'    
It may only be Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League, but Diego Simeone is already ...
Report: Pardew's Job Safe-for Now     
Newcastle United is currently 19th in the Premier League table and winless in six games so ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives