Friday, 24 July 2009
Ashton Exit Moves Closer
Now before I start, I will say that I take no pleasure from this whatsoever. I know I have been knocking the guy for the best part of a year now and have coined the nicknames Beano and Primadeano for Ashton, but secretly I hoped he would return and stuff my taunts down my throat. Sadly, that is not going to happen - and perhaps when the inevitable happens, a few of my knockers on here might have the good grace to come on and apologise.
In fact, nearly two years ago now I expressed reservations about Beano's attitude. Yes he was unlucky with the injury but when he returned, he was patently overweight and showed no desire to mix it out on the pitch. It was as if the guy was made out of porcelain, the way he pulled out of challenges and fell to the floor at the merest hint of physical contact. He gave an interview to The Sun in which he talked about his personal fitness regime and the way he expected his kit to be laid out for him in the changing room before a game or training. He came across as an arrogant sod who was a legend in his own mind. I posted a critical thread on the org at the time and received no end of stick but I think I had hit the nail on the head personally.
Now we read that Zola is unhappy with Ashton's lack of fitness after the summer break. The inference I take is that, unlike Dixon and Parker, Ashton has been lazing the summer away rather than working on his fitness and conditioning. He has his own personal fitness advisor of course which makes it difficult for Zola and his team to control what is going on. One thing is for sure, Zola is not impressed and I think that means Ashton's days are numbered, despite Duxbury's bullshit.
This saga has gone on for too long. Ashton has tons of potential but sadly that potential has gone to his head, his waistband and his arse. He is far too precious and is becoming a liability to morale in the dressing room. How pig sick would Cole feel if Ashton were allowed back in to replace him now? And say what you like about Cole, he seems to have lots of mates in the dressing room who would feel equally aggrieved. If Stoke genuinely are prepared to gamble on Beano's fitness and attitude, I would offload him - sooner rather than later.
But can Stoke really afford to pay £70k a week in wages plus Primadeano's BUPA bills?
Posted by Hammersfan at 20:13