Date: 11th June 2009 at 8:46am
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Emile Heskey is perhaps more so a marmite type player than anyone in the game when it comes to fans. You either love the guy or hate him.

However it is well documented that he is very much respected by fellow professionals and coaches all over the land.

This week has seen him receive praise from both Frank Lampard and John Carew.

Lampard said ‘Emile is fantastic. His work-rate is brilliant and what he has done since he has come back into the squad has been top class.’

Heskey’s recall to the side has seen a change in fortune with the side winning all 7 World Cup qualifying games so far.

Lampard continued – ‘He is a great lad and he deserves a lot of credit. He deserved his goal against Kazakhstan but goalscoring is not all of his game. The beauty of Emile is the work ethic that he gives the team, the fact that he works his socks off. He is a target man for us, he is very unselfish in the way he plays but now and again he pops up with his goals. He is top drawer!’

John Carew praised Heskey on the official site by saying – ‘Emile is a great player and I think it was a great move from the club to get him here’.

Heskey scored a cracker on his debut at Fratton Park against Portsmouth after some good link up with Gabby Agbonlahor.

Carew also said ”I think he has done well and it’s definitely improved the competition. You need plenty of good players at a football club. Emile’s arrival lifted everyone and made the competition tougher and made every player – particularly up front – raise their levels. There’s no doubt he’s been a great signing – 100 per cent.’

And as if to send out a reminder to fans who have been quick criticise the England striker since his arrival, Carew continued by saying ‘He has been amazing in training. You always need a bit of time to settle in and find your feet. It took me about six months. He is at a new club with new players. He has been superb and I am sure he’s yet to reach his peak during games here. He has a lot to offer because he is a really, really good footballer’.

I am sure this praise will stir up plenty of debate among fans as some blame Heskey for the sides fall from the top four. As the 4-5-1 formation was ditched to accommodate him, that said it is worth noting that John Carew’s injury had prompted that formation being used in the first place and he returned to fitness shortly after Heskey’s arrival and as such the formation would likely have reverted back to 4-4-2 anyway.


7 Replies to “Lampard and Carew Praise Emile Heskey”

  • I cannot help it, I like Heskey. He had a few poor games last season but that could be said about each and everyone of the teams barring perhaps Luke Young and Petrov. For me if Gabby had the finishing ability of Rooney or Owen then perhaps he would bag 20 goals a year playing alongside Emile. As it is I think its more down to Gabby being poor infront of goal. Heskey is not a goalscorer he never has been he is there to provide his partner with goals. Interestingly Carew has been on fire since Heskey joined, wonder how many of his goals came when he was partnered by Emile.

  • Heskey will prove to be a very shrewd signing IMO. The game is all about opinions, but I will take more notice of Carew, Lampard, Owen, O’Neil and Cappello than some of the ‘Heskey haters’ we keep on hearing from. Could it be anything to do with who he used to play for? As the song says ‘He used to be s***e, but now he’s alright’. He will prove to be a great asset next season, hopefully with Michael Owen as well. Those two plus Carew, Agbonlahor and Del Boy (plus maybe Sturridge?) gives us loads of different options up front

  • I do accept that some people a lot more knowledgeable than I are quick to praise Emile, but I’m still unconvinced (despite a big part of me actually wanting to be convinced). I just keep thinking which teams do we want to try to emulate – ManU, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal. Can I see any of those clubs signing Emile Heskey today? The answer i’m afraid is a resounding no.

  • I’ve had a lot of time for him since his Leicester days. I wished we’d signed him ten years ago!

  • I hope I am wrong, but I really haven’t seen any brilliance from him yet! The last few games he got benched behind Gabby (who was already worn out) and Carew (who is still not fully fit). So even MON seems to doubt his form and contribution to the team. Maybe if we get Owen, then he can start to fit in well, or maybe next season we should try to partner him with the Fonz. He seems much more skillful in and around the box. We have to try something. The last 3rd of the season our attack was dreadful!

  • Maybe he is like Petrov, or even Carew. They all needed a little time to settle in. Maybe we need more patience. (pls note, positive comment!)

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