Quiet times at CCN, for which we apologise slightly. It’s always the way around international breaks.
The main news is Martin Jol’s response to the fans’ “Midfield Black Hole” concerns: an ancient Greek. Giorgos Karagounis, to be exact, 35 year old acclaimed midfielder from the same metaphorical scrap-heap that delivered Mahmadou Diarra and Jari Litmanen.
The funny thing about Karagounis is that despite winning 120 caps for Greece, his career is remarkably trophy free. He won a Greek league as a youngster, and Euro 2004 with the National team, but then only won another trophy when Panathinaikos went on a spending splurge a couple of years back. In a long career in what we might unkindly call a second tier footballing nation, one might have expected more trophies.
But no. However, people say that Karagounis played well at the recent European Championships, so this is good news. I don’t know if he’ll be expected to start or just to lend some Olivier Dacourt style gravitas to the Motspur Park canteen, but in any case, he’s another person who can notionally play in midfield if Diarra and Sidwell do get hit by that bus, so for that we must be somewhat happy.