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Debate: Do U's Miss Iwelumo?

Debate: Do U's Miss Iwelumo?

Charlton Athletic`s Chris Iwelumo has hit form recently, bagging goals in his last three games. With his former club Colchester at the opposite end of the league, Vital U`s asks: do Colchester miss Big Chris?

Yes, Says Vital`s Matt U_s:

"Chris was a great penalty-taker for the U`s - if memory serves, he never missed one for the U`s in two fantastic seasons` service for the club.

His trademark jig always fooled the opposing goalkeeper and there`s no doubt that the U`s would have still been in the Carling Cup if the big man had been around to fire home where Johnnie Jackson painfully missed against Shrewsbury this season.

Technically he`s probably more gifted than his replacement Clive Platt, although Platt should not be judged until the end of the season. Chris said he wanted to go to the Premiership with Colchester before reiterating that intent recently with Charlton recently.

He probably deserves to get a call to the Scotland squad and will be a dark horse for selection if the Tartan Army get to Euro 2008.

Manager Alan Pardew has been justified in taking the advice of former Colchester man Phil Parkinson and gambling by taking him on a free."

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No, Says Vital`s Stevie_G_Col U:

"Colchester United don`t miss former striker Chris Iwelumo.

Although the most prolific partnership in Iwelumo & Cureton produced in excess of 40 goals last season, the U`s have replaced the Scot with fellow target-man Clive Platt, who is the same age, height and stature as Iwelumo.

In the close-season the U`s broke their transfer record to sign target man Clive Platt from MK Dons, as a replacement for Iwelumo at £300,000.

They also snapped up Kevin Lisbie on a free transfer from Charlton, with Champions League winner Teddy Sheringham also signing on the dotted-line from Premier League outfit West Ham.

Platt and Lisbie have been the first choice pairing for the majority of the season so far but are only now starting to click as a suspension, picked up in pre-season, forced Platt to miss three games near the beginning of the season.

But both Lisbie, who has six goals to his name this season, and Platt, who has five goals to his name so far, are scoring.

A new era of striking partnerships may well have dawned at Layer Road - let`s hope that this is the case.

The stats show that Platt has a better strike rate than Iwelumo. Platt`s stats are taken from this season, Iwelumo`s are taken from last season when he was a U`s player."


Apps: 13 (1)

Goals Platt (2007/8): 5

Goals Iwelumo (2006/7): 4



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Writer:Matt_Us
Date:Wednesday November 14 2007
Time: 6:43PM

Comments

0
Its a good piece Matt nice working with you. Big Chris has won a call up to the Scotland "B" squad and will play against Yeatesy!
StevieG Col U
14/11/2007 18:49:00
0
Wow, that'll be great! Thanks, it's trying to spark debate!
Matt_Us
14/11/2007 18:50:00
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Yeah! The stats say Platt is better than Big Chris, and two of Chris's four goals in that period were pens!
StevieG Col U
14/11/2007 18:55:00
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Great point. Open play goals and pens all count though.
Matt_Us
14/11/2007 19:25:00
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Yeah, but shows he may be better alround.
StevieG Col U
14/11/2007 19:32:00
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Good discussion there peeps. Being honest as I don't know much about Clive Platt (I know of the bloke but haven't really seen him play) although I do Kevin Lisbie obviously, I would personally say that you are missing Iwelumo. He's had his ups and downs so far but its easy to see why he has been so prolific.
Charlton Addickt
15/11/2007 09:31:00
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Platt is a direct replacement in terms of age, height and, so far, goals. He is a slightly different player to Iwelumo - Platt loves a bit of the old defending - and eyebrows were raised when the U's shelled out thier redord fee of all time for him. Interesting to read Chris saying that he prefers being at a bit time with better players this season...
Matt_Us
15/11/2007 09:47:00
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One thing I will say is that Platt is a better header of the ball then Big Chris, Platt will win 9/10 balls in the air.
StevieG Col U
15/11/2007 18:17:00
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.... which is why he likes to help out at the back as well. Sadly the Ray Jones bid, who would have been a good investement, did not come to fruition.
Matt_Us
15/11/2007 18:32:00
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Well they would have wanted alot more than 200k for him like we bid. RIP Ray.
StevieG Col U
15/11/2007 19:29:00
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