AS I watched Craig Bellamy walk off the pitch to another standing ovation on Sunday night, I couldn’t help but wonder… why are there rumours that Bellamy might leave Liverpool?
According to reports, QPR and Cardiff are both interested in Bellamy, who is said to be considering his future at Anfield.
Bellamy wants first-team football and although Brendan Rodgers has expressed a desire to keep the Welshman, Bellamy is concerned about playing a bit-part role at Liverpool. Bellamy’s future is unlikely to be resolved until after the Olympics but, having watched Bellamy’s performances for Team GB against Senegal and UAE, I hope Rodgers can convince him to remain a Red.
On Thursday, Bellamy became the first man to score a goal for Great Britain at the Olympics in 52 years when he gave Team GB the lead against Senegal. Later in the game, he might have scored a winner for Great Britain had he not been fouled – or if a penalty had actually been awarded for the foul. Bellamy’s performance was so good that he even received a standing ovation at Old Trafford, despite the Manchester United fans booing him earlier in the game because of his association with Liverpool. At Wembley, where the fans where far less petulant and supported Bellamy throughout, Bellamy received a second standing ovation after setting up two of Team GB’s three goals.
Ryan Giggs may have scored the header that put Team GB 1-0 up, but Bellamy deserves credit for the cross that set Giggs up. Another great cross from Bellamy almost set up Tom Cleverley, who was unlucky to see his shot hit both posts. After some disappointing defending from Team GB allowed UAE to equalise, Bellamy had a role in putting Britain back in front. It was his cross that the UAE keeper fumbled, setting up Scott Sinclair for Britain’s second goal. Bellamy might not have got himself on the scoresheet against UAE, but he was one of Team GB’s best players and he played a vital role in the 3-1 victory.
At 33, Bellamy only has a few more seasons left in him, so I can understand if he wants to play regular football. But if he stays at Liverpool, he’ll get a chance to play European football and to challenge for a place in the top four. At QPR, the best he can hope for is mid-table obscurity and while he’d be a hometown hero at Cardiff, he’d also be playing in the Championship. Surely it’s better to be competing at the top of the Premier League with Liverpool, even if it means playing less football? Here’s to hoping that Brendan Rodger’s can bring Bellamy around to my way of thinking!
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