Love him or hate him Craig Bellamy always turns it on in the big games and yet again in the Carling Cup semi final second leg against his former club Manchester City he made the difference.
He rarely plays two games in a week anymore due to injuries and fitness worries but every time he steps on the pitch you knwow exactly what you are going to get from him. He will keep moving, keep chasing and keep shouting and encouraging his teammates. He is everything you would want in your team because he will work right until the last minute and he thoroughly deserved his man of the match in the game as he made Stefan Savic look very poor, however in all honesty he is a very poor player and Mancini is making a huge mistake not buying another centre back as he is not capable of succeeding in this league.
Just watching Bellamy, you can see why fans of opposition teams hate him because he moans and shouts and gets your team’s players wound up which can lead them to retaliating and getting themselves in trouble with the referees. But we will not focus on the negative side of his game because he gives Liverpool so much, his pace is still frightening even though he is getting to the end of his career and his finishing is still up there with the best and he can score with both his left and right foot.
I am going to slate Mancini yet again because he let Bellamy go and why? Probably because yes he is a very big character and will probably be hard to manage but everyone has known this since the start of his career. Mancini let him go, he plays brilliantly for Liverpool and City at times look like they need something different in their squad which Bellamy would have given them. But, Mancini isn’t the only manager that the Welshman has clashed with as he had a very public fallout with Graeme Souness when he was at Newcastle which led to him getting sold by the club, where at the time he had formed a formidable partnership with club legend Alan Shearer.
Throughout his career he has scored memorable and important goals, none more so for Newcastle when in the Champions League the team needed to beat Feyernoord to qualify from their group. He opened the scoring after a flick on from Shearer and he expertly finished with his left foot, Hugo Viana then made it two and it seemed they were on their way through but the Dutch side scored twice and were back in the game and the Toon were heading out of the competition but Bellamy had other ideas when in the very last minute he scored from the tightest of angles to make it 3-2. It will live long in the memory of every Newcastle fans.
Even at City he scored goals that will be remembered with his double against Manchester United which should have at least got them a draw, however they did go onto lose the game.
I cannot think of a more hated player in the Premier League but it’s not only because he can be annoying and argumentative, it’s because he is one of the few players in the league that can change a moment in the blink of an eye.