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Howard: Class or Ass?

Howard: Class or Ass?

Steve Howard - would it not be more appropriate to simply call him Marmite? It seems that at this present time as a Leicester City supporter, you either love him or you hate him.

It`s come to the time when I think something needs to be said about the man. Ask a general Walkers Stadium home crowd, and you`ll probably get a similar sort of reaction; one that doesn`t shine too favourably for the big Geordie.

So what exactly is wrong with him? He`s proven in the lower leagues, most notably with Luton Town, where he scored an impressive 96 goals in 209 games for the club. His form eventually earned him a move to Derby, where he scored just shy of 20 in their promotion season to the Premier League. Therefore, you`d have thought that goals would have been steadily on hand for us Foxes though, right? Not quite unfortunately.

I think it`s fair to say that big Steve`s not had the happiest of times at Leicester City so far. Take this season for example, 2 goals in 16 league appearances would suggest a striker who isn`t in form. So if his goal scoring record`s not all that hot, what exactly does Mr. Pearson see in him? I think the answer lies in his strike partner Matty Fryatt, who certainly hasn`t had trouble finding the net this season. Question is, would Fryatt have scored 15 goals this season if it wasn`t for the big man up alongside him?

Truth is, there`s a lot Howard does that goes unnoticed. Generally speaking, he`s done his job for the team this season. To the un-trained eye, it may seem as though Howard is slow, lazy and a liability up front. If only people would see past the lack of goals and the fact he can`t make every pass. If only people could see that he isn`t superhuman, and can`t reach headers that are three feet above his head. If only people could see that his team mates aren`t always intelligent enough to get to his headers. If only eh?

Howard is sometimes used in the wrong way by the team, especially when things aren`t going our way. For the times when we feel the need to switch to the long ball game, Howard is used as the outlet.

Unfortunately, he can`t win every header, control every pass and distribute it successfully all the time when he`s used in this way, and subsequently he`s used as a scapegoat. It`s quite ridiculous when you hear the abuse coming from our own fans, and it comes all too often for my liking.

Steve Howard isn`t, and won`t ever be a goal scorer for Leicester City, and the sooner people realise this, the sooner people will begin to appreciate him for what he does add to the team.



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Writer:JBFox
Date:Monday November 17 2008
Time: 7:25PM

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I'd guess age has caught up with him!
merlin
17/11/2008 19:49:00
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Im afraid its class for me,ok he may not be scoring the goals but hes up there every game and playing well in my opinion and helping set them up,i dont think he deserves half the s**t he gets
lcfc4eva
18/11/2008 20:44:00
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donkey
Tiny T
19/11/2008 18:40:00
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Neither really. I wouldn't go as far as to say he is an ass but the stats don't really say that he is class...
FatherTed
14/12/2008 20:38:00
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