A New Dutch Master
Robin van Persie has over the last half a dozen games begun to turn in world class performances. He has taken it upon himself to lift the team in the absence of Cesc Fabregas.
Van Persie did not fit into any of the “typical” striker’s boxes. He was not a fox in the box (Michael Owen), a sharpshooter (Eduardo), a target man (Torres), a second striker (Ian Wright), a big number nine (Adebayor) or an Henry. Bergkamp was one type of player that was mentioned alongside van Persie’s name, but could there ever be another Bergkamp.
We all remember that marvellous goal be van Persie against Blackburn, when he picked the ball up in front of the North Bank, jinked around a defender, and then an acute angle he placed it into the far corner. This was the control that van Persie possessed. We all know he has a great left foot and his free kicks, once the range has been found are deadly.
Despite all this, nobody knew what to expect from van Persie. He spent most of the last two seasons out injured, everyone feared and still odes that he is one tackle away from missing the season. However, he has now grown in confidence, his upper body strength allow him to shield the ball from defenders, he is not blessed with lightening speed, but his thought process and precision of passes more than make up for this small deficit.
This season he is scoring goals, all sorts of goals, a brace against Chelsea and a beauty against Liverpool, but he has now started to create goals. All three against Hull City, the goals against Bolton and Portsmouth and a goal against Plymouth.
Van Persie is truly turning into a world-class Dutch master and long may it continue.