Really like David Pleat, bumbling around with names is actually not the biggest crime of a commentator when you consider that he is usually actually, talking about and analysing the game that's going on in front of him, usually without letting any bias obscure his view too much. Especially when you compare him with some of the nasty, snide chancers barely stringing clichés together of belittling everything they see on the pitch because they're only capable of spotting mistakes rather than appreciating decent football. Craig Burley and his ilk.
Now, for Lucas... even he says in his interviews he was truly inconsistent in his first seasons here - too weak and trying to learn a new league and a new position. The fact that he was Golden Ball winner in Brazilian league though should've been a tip at least that he would come good in such a fashion.
Brazilians are fucking mad about football and I would say far more technical and nerdy about it than many in the British media give them credit for, where the cliché of fucking beach/samba "all they can do is attack", naive-at-the-back prevails, despite the fact their national team only occasionally embraces that style (and even then it's usually built on solidity).
Add to that Lucas' level of professionalism, his dedication to training (mentioned by each of his managers at Liverpool, even Sir Hodgealot), dedication to his rehabilitation, dedication to improve in comparison with some players (Brazilian or otherwise) who might have tendency to be put off by things going against them... and you have wonderful player. I think, I hope that under Rodgers, he will have a role that best suits the kind of player he has become at the anchor of midfield.
I also hope to fuck we bring in someone, even someone relatively cheap to offer back up to him. If Romeu is unwanted by Chelsea, someone like him, because the season after a cruciate injury will be tough.
Great game last night. Could see him relishing being back in action, bashing people in tackles and doing all the simple things well, winning the ball back high up and moving it along quickly. Much as I like Jay's enthusiam, he's now a huge drop in quality.