Hugo Rodallega has ice in his veins and comes alive when it matters most


  • Against Burton Albion he came on as sub and struck deep into injury time to rescue an embarrassing situation. Very clutch.
  • He then got a few substitute appearances after that but not in situations where he could really use his powers.
  • He got a start against Leicester (in retrospect, we were probably underdogs there, weren’t we?) and put us ahead, then got one back when we were 3-1 down. You can’t do much more than that. Hugo gave us a chance. We weren’t good enough to take this chance.
  • He came on as sub against Norwich and the winner came when he was on the pitch. Coincidence?
  • He was on the pitch for the Hull debacle, but obviously a situation like that is beyond even Hugo.
  • He equalised against Sheffield United in the League Cup!
  • West Brom equalised after he went off in our 1-1 draw.
  • He only went and got the crucial winners against Villa and Norwich.

Hmmm.  It seems reasonably clear that had we gone anywhere in the League Cup it would have basically been down to Rodallega.  If we survive in the league inquests will be required to establish why he has been involved so little.  We’ve fought this campaign with one hand behind our backs.  Hang his picture next to Erik Nevland’s at Motspur Park.

4 thoughts on “Hugo Rodallega has ice in his veins and comes alive when it matters most

  1. Maybe (and maybe reading too much into it), but I think Felix has them all a bit fitter. And Hugo needs to be fit to be effective – running into spaces, tracking back, running behind defenders etc.

    1. Yes indeed, as an attendee at Burton and Leicester I appreciated his contribution and said so at the time, as also his televised goal at Sheffield. They were all good ones, but the counter-argument was they weren’t against prem teams. The latest ones knock that on the head.

      Why hasn’t he been played more? Possibly because he doesn’t shine in training, not having the best control. Some players look good in at Motspur Park but disappoint in real matches. The reverse is more useful.

      1. His minutes per goal numbers must be quite handy. He has hardly played.

        I do think Jol wanted more technical types. He was very highly rated when we got him so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.

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