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All I Want For Christmas Is A Right-Footed Evra

Amid all the talk about how excellent Fletcher, Anderson and Rooney were at Stamford Bridge (which is, of course, true) one man was forgotten even though he put in a tremendous shift, not for the first time this season. He is Patrice Evra who is the best left-back in the world by some distance.

I'm amazed by his attacking qualities, his directness, his pace and his stamina which allows him to constantly come bombing up the left without neglecting his defensive duties. His positioning is first-class and he is deceptively strong.

He was excellent at Stamford Bridge, constantly providing support for the attackers as well as doing a marvellous job at the back, ensuring that our lack of width in midfield did not haunt us. He's been amazingly consistent for the last three seasons and really makes you wonder how good we could be if we had an Evra on the right flank as well?

Let me make one thing clear: I do rate John O'Shea. He's an honest, determined full-back with very good defensive qualities. He can hold his own against most attacking players in the world - but he's no Patrice Evra and his lack of pace and technique prevents United from being penetrative enough down the right, thus unbalancing the team.

Yes, we could do with an attacking central midfielder who can pass the ball and is not afraid of taking on men and a pacy finisher would be marvellous as well. But I strongly believe that a right-back, with qualities similar to Evra's, would enhance our chances of success considerably, much more than purchasing Igor Akinfeev, for instance.

Rafael is nowhere near there: he's not as good going forward as Evra and is nowhere near his defensive ability. O'Shea and Brown are useful defensive full-backs but to provide Valencia with more effective support we need more. The problem is that there's no such thing out there as a right-footed Evra: the only player who could do that job is Inter's Maicon and I don't think we can get him.

So, couldn't we just clone Evra please? Once we figure out the process, modifying the genes so that he'll be right-footed should be easy enough, no?

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 10 2009

Time: 1:48PM

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Evra played well, but Ashley Cole is slightly better! If Valencia wasn't on the wing he'd have shown Evra how attacking and defending is done. As for our right back position (Chelsea's) if Bosingwa was playing you can bet your life Evra wouldn't of got forward anywhere near as much. The truth is we had a very defensive Ivanovic at right back (who is a central defender) and that allowed Evra the space to get forward. So I think it was more he was allowed to look good, than really did play well! Ashley Cole all the way for me. Come on you blues!
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10/11/2009 14:36:00

Also, could we get a second left-footed evra aswell? I'm worrried about what will happen if Evra 1.0 gets injured!
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10/11/2009 16:36:00

All I want for Christmas is a right footed Evra, a clone of Rooney, Scholes, Giggs and The Neviller to be 10 years younger, a decent keeper, Nani to get abducted by aliens, Hargreaves to get a pair of bionic knees, a new spine for Ferdinand, a cure for the rabies that Evans has contracted, some cash to buy players with and a chance of catching Arsenal and Chelsea this season. Oh how where have your glory days gone?
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10/11/2009 23:41:00

Hey Zae why don't you ever reply to any post?
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11/11/2009 05:01:00

And A Cole is the best by some distance. After that comes Lahm, then Rafinha and then Evra. Evra's a **** and a thug, who does nothing the whole 90 minutes than pull down somebody, kick at someone's legs, and bomb forward with no end product at all. The way you lot overrate players, you would soon call Valencia as the best right winger in the world!
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11/11/2009 09:14:00

Not a red myself, County fan in fact, so not much time for dung or the bitters round my neck of the woods but I would say these articles are pretty good, even for the neutral. Keep up the good work Ed and if you are at Edgeley Park ever I will buy you a beer!
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11/11/2009 09:25:00

Cashley Tweedy best left back in the world LMAO on that one, which is why he's been preety much non-exsistant for 3 of the last 4 years. He's had one good season at chelski since he's been there and all those titles he's won. Oh wait that was at arsenal.
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11/11/2009 16:47:00

fifthcolumnblue......and a partridge in a pear tree!!!!!!!!lol
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11/11/2009 20:45:00

notverynotoriousreddick...have a word with yourself handpump. ashley is renowned by neutrals as the best left back, there again he's not worried about what a c ock like you thinks is he??
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11/11/2009 20:49:00

Drop dead springy you gimp honestly you really are a grade A rentboy. What are you his bit on the side? Its a well known fact Cashley doesn't give a crap what anyone think and that includes his owns fans. He's renowned as the best left back by plebs in this country much like your deluded self if he was that good someone else would have bought him when he left arsenal and whats he done since he's been at chelski. 1 Fa Cup thats all. Said it once will say it again best left back my arse.
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11/11/2009 21:51:00

Jeez guys, you surely got carried away here. Cole's a fine left-back, in my personal opinion Evra is better (more explosive) but it doesn't really matter that much. JT_Daniel: Rafinha is a right-back... but I wish Valencia was the best right winger in the world. He's far from that though.
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11/11/2009 23:49:00

Hey Zae nice to see you around buddy Im sure you've read some of my post around here? Hope you stick around a little while so we can talk, would love to hear your opinion on Liverpool.
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12/11/2009 00:39:00

Ah, yeah a RWB. I do get carried away with my rants! Hey Zae, why dont you hang around the comments section a little more so that we have somebody to actually talk to? Seeing there are no active members here!
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12/11/2009 08:26:00

I had little time over the last few weeks, that's why. Liverpool? It's fun but it gets more embarassing every day that we actually managed to lose to them. Had Fletcher been fit, we would have taken something, even with Marriner's, ahem, interesting refereeing. But I somehow had the nasty suspicion that they'll beat us only to crash horribly against Fulham and Birmingham - and it's probably even funnier this way!
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12/11/2009 11:42:00

notnotoriousatallreddick, that would be 2 fa cups and a league cup since he's been at SB. I'll take whatever the pundits say over an r sole like you, you are a top hat mate, rentboys is obviously your subject.stick to that knobcheese!!
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12/11/2009 13:55:00

Stupidrentboyspringydonkeylover (See anyone can do what you do) Since you and your kin like to drag family into it my dick is red cos ur momma was on her period when I had her last night ;-) chelski fan since 64? With insults like knobcheese from you I'd be insulting a minor if I carry on at you. Best Premiership 11 as voted by PLAYERS that play in the Premier League Evra has made it 3 times in the last 4 years the last time Cashley was in there he was at arsenal. Enough said. If his fellow pros don't think he's good enough to make the best 11 in the LEAGUE then you're welcome to listen to pundits who never really enjoyed succes in the modern era. I'll take what his fellow pros think over people who show up to studios just to earn a quick buck any day of the week. You're just another cretin who's been captivated by Danny Dyer and football factory with the insults you dish out. I really do pity you.
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12/11/2009 17:46:00

best left back evra? nah never, and you got the 1 fa cup is all he's won wrong, pity yourself with that rubbish you've dished out. you must be a minor yourself with rentboy jibes etc. must have been your own mother you were shagging last night both with bags over your heads!! :)
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13/11/2009 18:30:00

Cashley Tweedy didn't even play in Carling Cup and was only on the bench for the other FA Cup you gloriously go on about. Hardly the trophies he came to chelski for is it? As for rentboy jibes well you lot are since that russian crook took over. Your fans are all ******** on the way to Wembley was proof of that can't even take a bit of banter on the train. Responding with "Thats cos there's only four of us" Weren't you lot supposed to be the one of the toughest sets of supporters in the land. You're fans are so ***** they club pays for your travel because at away games your sections are empty. You've made more posts behind a computer towards me than on your own site tosspot which proves my point, in regards to my mum I ain't a necrophiliac, so go to the graveyard dig up your nan and go 12 rounds with her ;-)
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14/11/2009 13:42:00

Evra is heads and toes better than Cole. Cole is good but so incosistent he shoud change his name to Nani! Evra can completely dominate the left side and still defend extremely well he's explosive and is amazing at creating attacking opportunities. And don't trick yourselves believing Bosingwho? could've contained him, Bosingwa is crap.
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