A truism in football is that players from Scandinavia are the best a PL side can buy in terms of attitude.
I have a lot of time for the area. The people in general are open, warm and friendly. OK the beer is expensive but we have a large support base in the countries and it is great to communicate with them. This post is inspired by watching the Holland/Denmark game and then you remember a few players. they never moaned even when they had a right to, they always do it for the team and not themselves.
No player from Scandinavia has ever let us down and these are the great players from there.
Martin Laursen – My personal favourite. Despite having knees more dodgy that McGrath’s he never failed to give us less than 100%. Not the best defensive player but what a lion heart for the club. Remember those goals, remember the leadership. In my view it started to go wrong for MON when he had to retire, we lost the leader. It was emotional when he gave his farewell speech against Newcastle and when their fans barracked it, sending them down was fully justified. He always speaks so fondly of us and I have no doubt he will be back.
Olof Mellberg – Well what can you say about the Viking. THAT gesture at the West Ham game was just fantastic. He will always be known for playing out of position but unlike many others NEVEr moaned, NEVER whined and at the end this one single gesture (come on you remember this) said it all
there is no doubt if he ever came back to VP as a player the standing ovation would be long and loud
Kent Neilsen – Again another centre back and again a top quality one. He was outstanding in his time here and only left as he wanted to go back home. He will always be remembered for THIS shot and the gob ! But he was far better than that, he was an international class player
Marcus Allback – OK strange choice you may say but he has scored one of the most vital goals in Villa history. For that alone he deserves to be in my list.
There is obviously one player missing from this list that would cause the debate. That player for me never showed the same characteristics as those above and he should have been a monster but was a legend for his actions away from the field. I refer of course to John Carew.
Other notable players were Ronny Johnsen, Peter Schmeichel, Tommy Sorenson Peter Enkleman, Erik Bakke & Øyvind Leonhardsen. Not all a success obviously but they all gave 100% for the cause.
If Lambert can scout this market and get a few more I will be more than happy !