Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Fixing the Spike - update
Once again, the Olympic football tournament is not of paramount importance, and a training camp in Townsville four months out from the tournament should not take precedence over fixing a place of employment for the forthcoming season.
The argument advanced by his new agent in the piece linked above:
It's believed that Brookes yesterday made the case that his player's priority had to be finding a club in recent weeks as he was without a deal and hence had no income...
...seems fair enough to me.
Milligan remains an enigma. His form can be infuriatingly unpredictable: he can put together an immaculate series of displays at the back, combining calm elegance on the ball with excellent reading of the game and intelligent, crisp passing, and then produce an absolutely shocking performance, such as that we witnessed against Perth Glory in December.
After Milligan's fine run of form in the first season of the A-League, I jokingly suggested to my Well-Informed Covite friend that at least we'd have him for a few more months before he went to Europe. Two months and several Milligan howlers later, a text message from W.I.C. assured me that we'd have him for a few more months before he went to Blacktown.
Even his brief spell with the Socceroos at the Asian Cup was marked by such Jekyll-and-Hyde form: after a magnificent display against Thailand, he gifted the Japanese their only goal of that miserable quarter-final with a trivial error.
It probably is time for Milligan to take the European plunge. Like a few other young A-Leaguers, he appears in danger of stagnating if he stays any longer. Arsenal is surely a pipedream, but a good, patient Euro manager, a tougher league, and a longer season could all help him to realise the potential that he so clearly possesses.
I hope the olyroos get their shit together with Musialik going awol. If only Broxham and Celeski could go awol, it would improve our chances of getting a medal.
I noticed Troisi has been dropped by NU so Milligan isn't the only Olyroo in this position. Hope they both find decent clubs ... where they get to PLAY.
I've heard on the grapevine that Troisi may be moving to Holland...which would probably mean much more game time.
but whether or not he is gonna sign for Arsenal...wow i mean he is a good player and all.. but that is a huge step up