Kenny Miller joins Scottish experiment at Vancouver WhitecapsJuly 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps Season 2012 | 9 Comments
With the signing of Scottish international Kenny Miller, the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Scottish experiment is well under way. We now have a Scottish Coach, a Scottish assistant coach, and two prominent Scottish international players. You mights say to yourself:”two international players, fantastic.” Think again.
While Scottish football and its players were undoubtedly of a very high quality during the sixties, seventies and eighties, the game in Scotland more recently has been in steep decline. Since the last time the Scots made it to the World Cup in Italia 90, Scottish football has been in a downward spiral to the lower levels of quality in European football (Editor’s note: this statement is wrong! Scotland qualified for the 1998 World Cup, finishing last in their group after losing two matches and tying one. My apologies: Whitecapsfan).
While there is no doubt that the Scots are great managers, the players are now substandard in world football. While two of the LA Galaxy’s designated players came from the English Premier League (Keane), and from Spain’s La Liga (Beckham), two of the top three leagues in the world, our guys Miller and Robson toiled way in the second level of English football. None of us had ever heard of Eric Hassli before his arrival and he seems to be lapsing into further anonimity as this is being written.
I still feel the Whitecaps need a Latin American midfielder, (Juan Roman Riquelme, where are you?), who can pass the ball going forward. The MLS has some class midfielders, notably Chavez of San Diego, Ferriera of Dallas FC, and Morales of Real Salt Lake, for instance. These terrific midfielders have one thing in common: none of them is Scottish. They all come from the Latin American world, a large part of the globe which Bob Lenarduzzi has always refused to admit exists. Even back in the North American Soccer League days when each team’s roster was stacked with foreign players, the Whitecaps signed players almost exclusively from England, Ireland, and Scotland.
So far I have not seen great skills from Barry Robson which can touch the class of Chavez, Ferreira and Morales. His skills as a footballer look rather ordinary. He has no assists in four games. One thing you can never fault is the never-say-die attitude of the Scottish player, however, and there is no doubt Robson kept going against Chicago last Saturday night even though he was absolutely exhausted.
I would prefer a slightly lazier fellow with a magic touch on the ball however…
Rather than turning to a footballing nation in decline, the Whitecaps should be looking at the vast array of footballing talent that exists in Latin America. Then perhaps we could actually put this new striker Miller through for a few goals.
I, for one, am very luke warm on the Scottish experiment as far as players go. In my view we are simply not matching the quality of designated players playing on other Major League Soccer clubs.
Now that they have the chance, lets see if Robson and Miller can prove me wrong. I sincerely hope they do.