Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Hola, soy Diego MILITO
Translation: "Hello, I'm Diego MILITO"
What does this subject means?
I think it would represent something he really needs to do: Introduce himself to international football.
The irony puts him in a very ankward position. After all those years in which Hernán CRESPO suffered for being in Gabriel BATISTUTA's shadow, now MILITO sees himself in a similar scenario.
And as CRESPO is slowly but surely becoming the favourite striker for the vast majority of the Albicelestes supporters, Diego is in a position in which he will enjoy very little credit from the demanding fans and critics.
Even more so, when the people's player, Carlitos TEVEZ, is out there fighting for a place as the emerging starting striker after CRESPO's injury.
Diego MILITO played 70 minutes against Colombia and scored a goal. He also missed a couple (one of them being his responsibility. In the other one, all credit should go to CALERO as he made a fantastic save), but I don't recall anybody keeping track of how many BATISTUTA or CRESPO have failed through the years.
Coco BASILE needs a big target man. Without CRESPO, everything suggests that Diego MILITO will now become that reference our team needs inside the box. COCO sees Carlitos as a replacement for MESSI or even to try and change a game by using both, him and Lionel on the wings and keeping a striker in the middle.
Carlitos fans (remember, I'm one of them), should have to bite the bullet and keep waiting.
The time for Diego MILITO to play a few consecutive games as a starter has finally arrived.
It is not an easy task for any striker to score 23 goals in La Liga (only two goals behind Pichichi winner Ruud VAN NISTELROY), ahead of players of the like of RONALDINHO, KANOUTÉ, FORLÁN, Fernando TORRES, David VILLA, RAUL and many others.
The way I see it?
Diego may not have all the speed in the world, but his brain is faster than most defenders' and he has a full arsenal. The most important assets any striker should have: powerful, accurate shot, excellent heading skills, very good ball control and great positioning.
I'm confident Diego will convince those who doubt (or simply don't know him) and I hope he can start doing it on Thursday against Paraguay.