Having read through numerous posts in the transfer forum about Benteke this summer and how wrong it is that weíre supposedly interested in him, it struck me how much we as fans are negative and how much worry about things - who weíre signing, who weíre not signing but should do, who we think the manager should be signing because we know what he wants better than he does - so much so sometimes that we donít look at what we have and the things we should be happy about. With Steven Gerrard leaving the club officially this week, it means that Lucas Leiva is our longest serving player and whilst to some, itís symptomatic of our decline (the reality is much more complex than that of course), to me itís a testament to him as a player and a person that heís been here for that long, managed to turn around a significant number of opinions about him and become a genuine part of this club.
Arriving in 2007 from Gremio for £5m as a 20 year old, into the best midfield in the worldTM
, Lucas perhaps suffered from not having any standout/eye-catching qualities as well as being unsurisingly unable to live up to the midfielders we already had at the club - he didnít have the dynamism of Gerrard or the nimbleness and passing of Alonso or the tenacity of Mascherano or the, uh, boss-ness of Momo.
Of course, he was none of those...