Shay Given has described Carlos Cuellar as ‘cool and calm’ in defence, adding he’s been a towering presence since he returned to the side.
Speaking to the Official Site Given hailed Cuellar’s consistency and versatility, and he thinks he’s formed a brilliant partnership with Collins since the injury to Dunne:
‘He’s a great guy around the changing room and since Dunney’s been out, him and Ginge have been fantastic. Carlos is very cool and calm on the pitch so he deserves great credit.’
Sod all that, he’s also got a fantastic beard when he feels stylish!
The ‘Messi-gate’ rumbles on though as Given adds:
‘You look at the goal at Blackburn when he set up Charles N’Zogbia, there was a little bit of Messi magic on the wing!’
Carlos doesn’t seem to have the poise of Mellberg or Laursen when he goes forward (head down, pile through them as the bodies go flying), he is, shall we say, a little bit more ‘legs Akimbo’ but hey if it works it works so bring on!
In different quotes from the same interview carried by Sky Sports, Given added:
“I’m not sure what is happening about Carlos’ contract situation but I hope he does stay here. People say footballers do too much talking, but Carlos is doing all his talking on the pitch. I’m sure that Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner and the guys that make those decisions have taken big notice of that.”
One of the great things that you can never take away from King Carlos is he wears his heart on his sleeve. He might need one of those last second lunging tackles to make up for being off a bit positionally or not reacting quickly enough, but he’s consistent, you know exactly what you are going to get and nobody in their right mind would think he is performing better now because the contract is an issue.
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