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Saha Ready For 100% Fitness… So We Can Sell Him

Louis Saha is a player I have defended on several occasions when reds get on his case, however, half way through last season, I had lost my patience with him. He’s tried, there’s no denying that, but if we are going to dominate in the way we should, we need a striker we can rely on. It was brilliant last season that Ronaldo played so well, but there is no way that a winger should be the highest scorer.

Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney both contributed sufficiently to our goals tally for the season, however neither of them are out and out strikers, and to play them in that position means we won’t get the best out of them.

Sir Alex Ferguson has seemingly forgotten about Saha in recent weeks, omitting him from all his recent interviews when talking about injuries and our options. However, it seems Fergie has remembered Louis, and is eager to put him in the shop window.

“You don’t want to give up on people like that just because they have had a few injuries,” said Ferguson. “When he is fit, Louis is an explosive player who will guarantee 20 goals a season. Louis is on a programme at the moment which we feel will get him to 100% fitness. It is more about his confidence in doing this programme which will get him back playing all the time. Hopefully that is the case because he is such a fantastic player.”

Fergie is spot on when he talks about Saha’s potential. Even last season, when in and out of the team and getting a couple of 90 minutes under his belt, he still scored more league goals than Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt, who more often than not, was picked to start alongside Fernando Torres.

However, in the ten years Saha has played in the Premiership, he averages just 28 games a season, which isn’t enough. Even in his Fulham days, as the undoubted first choice, he struggled to get more than 30 games under his belt.

Ferguson may very well talk about Saha’s potential for fitness, but this surely is him just heaping praise on the player to get managers interested. Unsurprisingly, Roy Keane has been linked with signing Saha, but he’s not the only one. Fulham, Roma and Valencia all reportedly are interested.

So, time to say goodbye now. Get Saha fit and then get him out.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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5 Comments

  1. Gabriel says:

    I wouldn’t go too hard on Saha.. his injuries are all related to his hamstrings – that’s because he has too much muscle on the front of his thighs as compared to the back – and Fergie said they are working on improving the conditioning of it. It’s hardly his fault that he’s that athletic (it’s probably those muscles that give him his explosive pace and jump); again, it’s not like he twisted his ankle or didn’t train and hence got fatigued, hamstring injuries are very common in sports with a lot of pace and jumping.

    Fergie is right, Saha is an explosive, talented player and I will rather have him seating on the bench or even better, playing regularly than the likes of Campbell (who by the way hasn’t mastered the art of a controlled first touch :neutral: ).

  2. Blotto says:

    Remember when Giggs had all those hamstring problems, which were looking serious enough to curtail his future at Utd at one time. They discovered the main problem was his penchant for getting new cars regularly and that the stiffness of the new clutch pedal was a main contributor. Since then Giggsy has had relatively fewer ham problems. Saha’s may be due to the overdelopmentof this thighs, if they can sort it out and he stays fit why sell him? On his day he is a class forward and causes defences a lot of problems. not only with his positional play but his passing skills are excellent. If its not sorted by January he should be moved on.

  3. denton davey says:

    LouisLouisHaHa has a terrible history and he’s no longer a spring-chicken so if he can be sold (and the wages bill reduced) then that’s a no-brainer. The likelihood that he can be counted on when the going-gets-tough has to be very close to zero. So, sending him on his way would be an excellent piece of business by freeing up space/money for a replacement and also – and perhaps more importantly – having a squad player in whom SAF can have confidence in when the time comes. Louis has been a terrible disappointment in this last regard and is therefore not valuable to the team because he just can’t be relied upon.

  4. SINGH says:

    Alot of people said he was a bottler , but I dont think he is. Its a shame because on his day he is perfect for us but alas hes had it rough . If theyve got a training regime for him give him a chance (at least till jan )but still buy another striker

  5. OTRed says:

    Aww, that picture reminds me of good times….when he was actually fit enough to train. Actually Scott, i disagree, if we can get him to 100% fitness and thats a big IF, i say we keep him, Saha on his day bar injuries is one hell of a player, too bad we might never see that player again.

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