I have the utmost confidence that Emile Heskey will do well at the Macron- here’s why
Emile Heskey- what a big name in English football. He’s made headlines for years- not necessarily for the right reasons. By that I do not mean non-footballing reasons, I mean his weaknesses. Content about Heskey can often be in the form of mocking YouTube videos or ‘funny’ articles.
People often talk about how the former Aston Villa and Liverpool man has a poor scoring record- 161 in 738. Almost all of these appearances were in the Premier League, however and he absolutely is not a poacher so I don’t think that his goal:game ratio is that significant, especially if you consider the amount of assists he’s made.
If I were to ask you, who’s Bolton’s biggest hero in the last 5-10 years I’m sure that among the names mentioned would be Kevin Davies. Davies’ scoring record is almost identical to Heskey’s- 149 in 761.
One of the main concerns with Heskey is that he’s old, very old. However, his strengths lie in his ability to win the ball in the air, hold up play and bring other into the game. These attribute don’t leave a player as much with age- he’s never been quick but has managed to carve out in excess of 60 England caps.
We just need to look at the likes of Kevin Phillips and Dean Windass to see older players with great success at Championship and Premier League level- have either played as much for England? No. Also, both were several years older than Heskey is now, at 36, when they acheived promotion.
Heskey was impressive for the Bolton U21 side, and although this isn’t the highest level, the fact that he can cut it at U21 level does not mean he cannot do the same in senior Championship football.
Welcome to the Macron, Heskey- greatest fans in the world