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You Mean, Saha Actually Has To Pass A Medical??

Louis Saha is a player I’ve stuck up for on numerous occasions, before my patience ran out. It’s not him personally, I’m sure he’s fine, but we simply cannot afford to be relying on a player who is injured as often as he is. He is the only player we have in his position, which has cost us when it mattered. Had we enjoyed the services of an out and out striker in 2007, where we reached the final of the FA Cup and the semi-finals in Europe, who knows what we could have achieved.

Back in May, I said my goodbyes to Saha and Mikael Silvestre, reflecting on their best bits, but certain that enough was enough, it was time for them to go. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the comedy situation of Silvestre would ensue. Fancy that, being in the middle of a City medical, getting a call from Arsene Wenger, and legging it out of there. Whilst I thought City would be a fairly amusing destination for ol Silly, nothing beats the comedy value of Arsenal “beautiful football” FC taking him on board.

So whilst the Silvestre prediction has come in to fruition, it seems as though Louis will now be departing also. The downside? He has to pass a bloody medical first!

Saha has agreed a two year deal with Everton, with the option of extending that a further 12 months in the future. With no official transfer fee being disclosed, we are just left with speculation.

I don’t mean to come across too harsh on the guy. I actually did really like him as a player. He waited patiently on our bench whilst Ruud van Nistelrooy was our top striker, yet whenever he was called upon, gave 100% to everything, with no grumbling. His brilliant attitude was only emphasised after the dramatics that followed Ruud when he was left on the bench.

If Saha could remain fit, I would honestly love for him to stay. I think he’s a great player who’s had some great moments at the club. However, if we’re looking to seriously compete for the Premiership and Champions League, we need a striker we can rely on to be there, and sadly, Saha isn’t the man for the job.

Goodbye, and good luck!

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  1. Gary says:

    I have to agree with you Scott, I stuck up for Saha alot. He has alot of quality but he has serious self belief issues, he doesnt have any confidence in himself despite the best efforts of the club to try and get him on the right road.

    He was brilliant at the start of the 2006/07 season, played an important part in that title winning season by getting us of to a good start, and he was also excellent when he came on against Sunderland the season just gone, when we didnt look scoring and he came on and got us a crucial 3 points.

    I have ran out of patience with him tho. We had to get him of the wage bill if he was just going to sit on the treatment table all year. Lets hope he can actually pass his medical there!

    Whats the betting, if this move goes through, that he suddenly regains his fitness? Odds on I suspect!

  2. Mic says:

    I lost patience with Saha too but if he was a fit player, he’d be one of the best strikers in this league, he fit into our team so well, he could win headers and during that video he wins a header at the edge of the box and flicks it onto Giggs and then Giggs crosses and Saha wins the other header to score. I’ve no doubt in my mind could he stay fit we’d have won more trophies especially when we had no strikers, he was such a quality player i’m gutted that he’s never really got over his injuries.

    Oh well, I wish him all the best at Everton, they’re a good club and hopefully they’ll get the best out of him, i’m really curious to know how much we’re getting for him.

  3. Staines says:

    For a long time now the focus has been entirely on Saha’s inability to stay in good footballing health. The surprising thing is that Hargreaves has been almost as bad, since he joined United, and despite declarations that his knee problem was being finally resolved, here he is starting the new season again unable to play because of his knee. Saha’s physical condition has become a national joke, but surely Hargreaves is not far behind in that respect.

  4. Stephen says:

    1 on 1 with any goalkeeper and you had to put your house on Saha or the GK.

    Who would you back?

    It wouldn’t be Saha…

    Gary is right. SERIOUS self doubt. Remember the miss from 6 yards and the penalty v Celtic? There was never any doubt he would miss. His finishing is also woeful most of the time…

    Goodbye and good riddance. 2 years late in my opinion.

  5. Eddie says:

    Thanks for everything Saha! Good luck, hopefully you will score in the merseyside derby.

  6. denton davey says:

    Sure, he’s been blighted by injuries but what struck me about LouisLouisHaHa in that video is how short he is – 2/3 inches shorter than Ronaldo, Carrick, O’Shea, and Fletcher and 4/5 inches shorter than Rio and Vidic.

  7. Tre says:

    I agree.

    I would love if Saha stayed fit and played regularly. In 2006-2007 when him and Rooney were linking up, it looked like it could’ve been a dream partnership. But enough is enough, I’m sure it’s frustrating for Louis to have to sit out and watch but it is just as frustrating to wait for him, knowing how good he could’ve been. Au revoir, Louis, wish him all the best.

  8. Arsene wanker says:

    i’d rather,sir Alex ferguson wip his arse with the 80,000 grand ,Saha takes every week ,than see it goes while Louis Louis Haha sit his arse in the tratment room all the season.

  9. blindkat says:

    I wish Saha all the best with his new team (except on obvious occasions). I feel the same as most people on here about digging him when he was healthy but it’s always seemed to me people were awfully quick to jump on him while he was down, as other dude earlier said we don’t seem to shit on Hargreaves,or in my opinion Park, Neville,Ole,Dong etc as much as old Louise. They all still cashed they’re checks while sitting on the bench. I know some (Neville,Ole) have done enough to earn a little more slack than others but when Saha was on he was one of the best most non-selfish strikers in england. I was hoping he would get a chance to show his class but I realize this is probably for the best. Now what are we going do for a back up striker call my man Henrik?

  10. Kevin says:

    While I stood firm on the belief that United could continue to perform at a high level with the players they have. Now that Saha is going to Everton it seems United have to make a bid for someone, if not Berba who?

    Huntelaar seems to be waiting still, Henrik’s name has been thrown around, I saw a ridiculous report of Henry getting a medical in Manchester, and who knows what names will come up by tomorrow but something surely has to happen now.

    Manucho got his work permit and will be able to play once free from injury, Campbell is young and a striker is now a must buy for United. We lost any hope of getting Berba for cheap by letting Saha leave and all leverage has been lost, but something has to happen and happen fast with less than 48 hours till the end of the transfer window. Does anyone have any educated guesses, since we are all guessing, who United will grab??

  11. Tom F says:

    I have also always stuck up for Saha, until the end of last season when he was declared not ‘match-fit’ once again.

    Top player, strong, quick, excellent finisher, holds the ball and links play up well. If he can stay fit he’s great in anyone’s team.

    I don’t know where all the ‘self-belief’ stuff comes from, I’ve never read anything and unless it has been stated by Sir Alex or Saha himself, I don’t think it’s all in his head and is in fact genuine injury.

    His deal for Everton seems to be for one thing, as there’s no transfer fee involved it looks as though it has been done to free up money from his 65k a week wages. Silvestre also in a similar situation.

    I think Uniteds money has been limited and that is the way we can up a bid for that striker and pay his wages over the next 4 years.

  12. a says:

    I don’t understand people slagging Saha off. It’s not his fault that he has been injured often. Whenever fit he has been free flowing and scoring alot. That said, we cannot have a striker that is injured 75% of every season.

    Good luck at Everton!

  13. suhayl says:

    True comments…When fit the guy has a great leap, great hold up play, pace, can get goals, lead the line, can offer summat different, long balls etc…an out and out top striker with plenty of goals in him

    The problem is 1 game in 20 isnt good enough. We have let him go on a free and this summer we have got rid of alot of deadwood…dong, eagles, silly, saha etc etc. Just a clearout??? Or do we have money problems esp with the glazers debt, the credit crunch, the financial mire, tevez transfer to be paid and not being able to afford berba. Hope its the former…cause the signs aint looking good with the figures

  14. Nazr says:

    thanks and good luck louis!


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