The High Priest wrote:Remember him in his first game against Manchester United in, I think, 1999? Even scum fans were saying to me afterwards: you've got a player there.
Good engine, good athleticism, not bad in tight corners, an eye for goal - and he was wholehearted.
If you recall, he came to us that first season having played a full season of Norwegian football. So he ended up playing at least 15 successive months without a break.
If you look at some of our best players from that time, they were all overplayed: Kewell, McPhail, Bakke, Woodgate, Radebe. O'Leary NEVER rotated.
I remember us playing at Wimbledon (and losing 2-0) on the Sunday shortly after we'd played Lokomotiv Moscow, and saw Kewell run out looking almost dead.
O'Leary fucked up quite a few careers by overplaying youngsters. Kewell and McPhail's injuries (both achilles) were surely down to too many games, and Bakke too perhaps (albeit not helped by being a pisshead).
That's one reason, I believe, why so many of our best players of that era have gone on to have shite careers. O'Leary was a dinosaur in his team selection strategies. If they'd had a manager like Benitez or Ferguson, the likes of Kewell, McPhail, Bakke and Woodgate might be rather happier now.
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If you look at some of our best players from that time, they were all overplayed: Kewell, McPhail, Bakke, Woodgate, Radebe. O'Leary NEVER rotated. O'Leary was a dinosaur in his team selection strategies
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