were on that slippery slope, but these days players look after themselves a lot better and the whole sports science side of the game has changed whereby players can go on and produce better football for much longer after 30. We know the manager likes to buy younger players and see them develop here, but now and again when there is a player out there who is that little bit older and more experienced then he’ll go for it. It’s a good balance to have.
The manager certainly has plenty of options in attack now…
Yeah he does and it’s exciting for him, the players and the fans and it’s the manager’s job to juggle all the players and pick the right systems for the right games. We all know that if you go on cup runs and Champions League runs that you need that strength in depth in the squad because you’re going to get injuries and suspensions and dips in forms, so you need a big squad to compete at the top.
And he’s just the type of player the likes of Welbeck and Chicharito can learn from isn’t he?
Of course. They’re young lads and good lads who want to learn. They’ve already learnt a lot from Wayne and you’ve seen the improvement from both players. Any player looks at the older lads who play in their position and what you can take from them and improve upon by watching them, and there’s no doubt Danny and Chicha will learn plenty from Robin.
A lot of fans are particularly excited at seeing Wayne and Robin play together…
Yes understandably, but no matter what partnership the manager goes with up front it looks mouth-watering. It’s not just about the type of goals we know all the strikers can score, but the movement they have and their all-round play. Whoever the manager puts out there will do well I’m sure.
Are you confident you can get a place in that front six?!
[Laughs] It is a worry! It’s a long season with so many games meaning there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone so hopefully I can get a game here and there!