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03 Sep 2019 10:22:21
Hi Ed001 hope you're well. I seem to vaguely remember a while back you did an article on players that struggled with injuries or am I just imagining? Anyway I'd love to get your thoughts on the likes of Dean Ashton (I always rated him highly) and Ledley King if you ever get the time?


{Ed001's Note - I did do an article about weird injuries, maybe that is what you are thinking of? I have added that to the to do list for you. King was class.}

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03 Sep 2019 13:33:47
Many thanks. That may have been what I remember. I never truly appreciated King because he unfortunately always seemed injured. But I do remember being gutted for Ashton because he always seemed better than the average big target man.

Cheers again.

{Ed001's Note - King had degenerative knee issues and was never able to train, similar to McGrath, but, like McGrath, he was a Rolls-Royce of a defender. Ashton was good too, certainly better than most target men.}

03 Sep 2019 15:08:30
Apparently during the later stages of his career. King wouldn't train during the week to protect him. He still managed to play to a high quality in matches when fit.

{Ed001's Note - wasn't just the latter stages, it was most of his career.}

03 Sep 2019 16:26:45
Crazy to think he managed to make almost 300 career appearences considering that! what a player he could have been.

03 Sep 2019 20:18:43
Ed01 just like King (brilliant CB), I was gutted when Dean Ashton retired due to injury cos at the time, he was ripping it up in the PL with WH. Ashton was really improving and I still feel he would have been even better than Harry Kane cos he was just naturally gifted as a CF. Injury robbed him of a great career, and us his admirers.

03 Sep 2019 21:02:07
Ashton’s injury problems started when he was at Norwich. West ham seem to buy players with injury issues.

05 Sep 2019 00:50:48
Ledley king was a class defender to his credit. Another player who I also rated was abou diaby at arsenal, he was forever injured but I thought he looked a real talent when he was able to get around the field.

Any opinion on diaby as a player Ed?

{Ed001's Note - which one?}



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