Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Pox In the Box

Danny Murphy and Francis Jeffers were both bought just before 2005 / 2006 and neither of them were ultimately successful, although Murphy had his moments. Jeffers had one good game, against Villa when he converted two chances and celebrated in sliding knee style. We all thought then that a reformed "fox in the box" alongside Bent would herald great things to come, but sadly it was a false dawn and he remained the "pox in the box" and ultimately the scourge of South London night life. So what happened to this waster. Well Curbs took pity on him and put him out on loan to Rangers, so that he could regain his scoring form against the rubbish that is known as Scottish defences and goalkeepers. He hit a three figure number in the six months he was there, but sadly all three numbers are zero and he returned to SE7 to see out the rest of his contract.
It always amazes me how players who fail to perform consistently always manage to pick up clubs. Prior to us and following his brief period of fame and £8m transfer he failed at Arsenal and on a loan spell to Everton. He also gained, like Konchesky, a cap in that infamous defeat against Australia. that was his only cap to date and to be fair he has got an international goal (eat your heart out chrissy powell).

At the end of his contract with us, he was all set to go to Coventry when Blackburn saw a dormant talent and gazumped them - why? Hughsey, why? Hughes had played alongside Jeffers at Everton in his brief good phase and obviously felt that he was capable of having his fuse re lit. To no avail, Blackburn have hardly played him and he ended the season on loan to Ipswich.

He seems to have performed reasonably at Ipswich who have tried to sign him and after much wrangling have agreed a fee, only for the pox in the box to refuse personal terms. The arrogance of the man. Someone is willing to pay him for not doing his job and he turns it down.

But here comes the surprise, the real "coupe de gras", he now has 3 clubs after him. Ok two are Championship Clubs - Preston or Cardiff, but the other, the other can tou believe it is a newly promoted prem Club, Billy Davies and frigging Derby County. What are they on, have they not worked it out - Curbs did not play him, Hughes did not play him - he must be rubbish.

What is it with these guys that say that he can be salvaged / redeemed, they are willing to pay good money to Blackburn and presumably to Jeffers himself, for a player who has failed and continues to fail. You know I'd rather have a Lisbie than a Jeffers.

1 comment:

charlton north-downs said...

Jeffers has the talent but not the brains. To be honest he had a great game against Villa the next game he got injured. There-after he wasted his chances. Ipswich supposedly offered £7000.00 a week, he must be on double that at Blackburn. £350,000 plus bonus's a year not bad for a player who needs to resurrect his career from rock bottom.