Just reading Simon Kuiper’s excellent “The Football Men”
You would never want Bergkamp playing for your life. To achieve his great moments he appears to enter a trance, shutting out the match. “People really have no idea what goes into the making of goals like that.”
The point being that Bergkamp is not consistent, drifting out of whole games at a time, but he can create moments of joy that nobody else could even imagine. And those moments are what makes him (made him) special and, indeed, an occasional match-winner.
I don’t know how many games Bryan Ruiz has started for Fulham but it isn’t many. He will get better, of course he will, but already we’ve seen enough to realise that we have the nearest thing to Bergkamp we’re ever to have in a white shirt.
That alone is enough for me. If Bryan Ruiz ran around like a mad thing he’d presumably have a few more Fulham fans onside at the moment, but I’m inclined to think that just as Ruiz needs to learn to fit into the team, the team needs to learn how to get the best out of Ruiz – and the latter is probably more important than the former.
It’s been another ordinary season (has Hamburg ruined day-to-day Premier League existence?) and in five years time we probably won’t remember much about it. Bryan Ruiz’s two sensational moments will stick in our minds though.