Many ‘experts’ will tell you that in order to keep a long-term relationship going strong, that both parties have to make an effort to not get comfortable and remind one another how much they care for each other and why. Since it’s been awhile since we’ve had some quality non-sexual Man Crushing ’round these here parts, I thought it appropriate to freshen the metaphorical cocktail and restate my love for El Nino after he showed his with Saturday’s hat-trick against Boro.
Yes, that’s 21 goals in seven months. In his first season in a new league. With roughly two and a half months still to play. And yes, 21 is more than 20 (while 15 isn’t…) and that makes Fernando the mystical 20-goal striker so many fans have been clamoring for since Little Mikey Owen netted 28 times (19 in the PL, all during the 02-03 campaign).
Knowing he’s been the one of the few consistently bright spots for the club this term, The Gaffa sounds off what will likely be the best buy of his career (though, let’s hope not…):
It is not easy for a foreign player to come into the English league and settle straight away. But he has done that so well. He has power and pace, he can kill defenders with his pace.
He has proved to be a great signing. Last summer we had 10 names we were considering, then it was down to three. But we went for Fernando because he was hungry and had the style to handle the Premier League.
It is difficult to score 20 goals for anyone in a season, but he has done that well before the end of the campaign. Everything is possible now for him as he progresses in the game here.
My question now is, can we find a Rush to compliment El Nino’s Dalglish? (or would it be the other way ’round?)