When Luka Modric started playing football, it has been claimed that the little Croat had to play with wooden shin pads to protect him from the hustle and bustle of the beautiful game.
Come the 6th August 2011, he’ll need more than the two planks of wood to protect him from the reaction of the Tottenham faithful after his failed transfer to Chelsea.
Before the drama of the summer, Modric was a beacon of all that was great about football – a role model, who’d never succumb to money or the playboy lifestyle. He was just happy to be playing football at a club where he was truly idolised. Being brought up through a civil war made him appreciate the fortunate position he was in compared to many of his fellow countrymen.
If there was one player who wouldn’t have their head turned it was Luka. Rafa maybe, but not little Luka Modric, I’d put my house on it…….
I have no idea what made Luka decide that a team which is a top class striker away from being one of the best teams in the league, to a side which has seen better days. Okay, Chelsea may have Champions League football this season, but unless they have a major overall they will not be successful long term. The majority of the squad are aging and putting the pensioners into Chelsea.
He has been totally misguided for signing such a long contract if he was planning on leaving. Modric’s reputation has suffered since the news broke that he wanted to leave White Hart Lane.
I know what he offers, knitting play, setting the tone of our build up, good energy and discipline when we’re defending which I feel outweighs the stats. On average, three goals in the last three seasons doesn’t do his performances justice. I was really upset when I first heard that Chelsea were after the midfielder maestro, but as the summer has gone on, my feelings have waned. I’m now not too bothered if he stays or goes.
If we were to get £35 million and Daniel Sturridge, I would probably give him a piggy back there. What will prove interesting is the reaction of the supporters, when Modric next appears at White Hart Lane. Will they support Luka, or berate him for wanting to leave?