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Salomon Kalou – half full

Salomon Kalou 

It’s always good to search for a silver lining, because the world is a thoroughly depressing place most of the time. Yet, there is a fine line between optimism and delusion, and it seems that Salomon Kalou might have just crossed it.

Talking to the Daily Mirror, the Chelsea bench warmer said this of the looming African Cup of Nations cloud above Stamford Bridge:

“I think Chelsea will be even better because there are players who don’t play a lot at the moment, who will have the opportunity in January. I’m sure they’re going to give 200 per cent to show the manager they should have a place in the team.”

“Even when Didier leaves, you still have Nicolas Anelka who can always score goals, you still have Joe Cole who is back and on good form. You still have Deco, Michael Ballack. I could go on.”

Please do, Salomon. Please do.

In other news, The Guardian report that Thierry Henry is still a million miles away from shirking the handball-shaped albatross that hangs from his neck, as Sepp Blatter is now gathering up a disciplinary posse to ride into town and discuss the possibility of a World Cup ban on the Frenchman for cheating.

As for word from the transfer market, it looks like Sir Alex Ferguson has cemented a four-year contract extension for the teenage Sean Penn-alike Federico Macheda. Whilst Aston Villa are supposedly talking very quietly about giving Jermaine Pennant another shot in the Premier League. They wouldn’t be the first…

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  • superVirgin // December 4, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Is anyone waiting for FIFA to really decide on a punishment–what would the punishment be–you have to stand in the left corner back row of the team photo?!

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