Job Well Done

Last updated : 11 January 2004 By Rich Godden
MU-TU! At long last, Adrian Mutu has got that goal that his play has warranted for the past two months. And, typically, it came after Claudio Ranieri gave him the elbow for this game- instead, JFH and Eidur were his chosen strike partnership....

And it looked like they were rolling back the years with this performance. It has been 18 months since we truly saw Jimmy and Eidur display that seemingly telepathic understanding. Today, it was back again, for the first half at least.

As for Jimmy's individual performance... superb up until about 60 minutes in. He then became embroiled in a row with the Leicester defence and the ref about a foul that never was. But he got his goals today. The first, a deft flick past Walker, a la Gianfranco Zola! The second, a fiercely struck free kick that deflected in off Nikos Dabizas.

Another thing notable from this victory is that it was achieved with a starting line up containing only two Abramovich signings. The back four were superb today. JT was his usual commanding self. Marcel Desailly handled Paul Dickov extremely well, whilst Babayaro was as confident in the attacking third as he was in defence. As for Mario Melchiot- what does he have to do to get a run in the team? The guy is a model professional and gives 100% every game. And we look better with him at right back than Glen Johnson. Let's just hope Claudio sees it that way.

Going back to my point that we only had two Abramovich signings in the starting XI today, one of the two did not have a good game- Joe Cole. I seem to remember a thread on the Chelsea Mad messageboard with a lot of posts calling for Joe Cole to be given a run in the team as we would see what he is capable of. He's now had a run in the team and, apart from the odd game, I have been extremely disappointed with him. I'm just counting down the days until Seba Veron returns from injury...

But I'm not going to end this article on a negative note. It's been too good a day for that!