eric olthwaite wrote:
the flying pig wrote:even in global terms he probably wasn't far off the top ten. only at Leeds...
Oh, I dunno. Accepted wisdom seems to be that he didn't cut it in the CL or his (which was at the time, in fairness, exceptional) national side.
he obviously wasn't nearly as good as zidane & wasn't that
exceptional by the standards of the rest of that generation of french players who were mostly c five years younger than him [e.g. djorkaeff was roughly as good & played in the same position with about 0.05% of the ego and hassle]. as we know, they could even afford not to pick david ginola. even from his own generation papin was the bigger star & better player.
nor was he ever up there with the small handful of really [globally] top players of his day, romario, george weah, baggio ,& whoever.
maybe say all of the top countries had something like one or two attacking players who were a little better.but
he was certainly a really huge asset in the 'EPL' at a time when so few clubs had brought in a top foreigner. probably roughly as good a striker as dorigo was a LB/batts was a DMC/macca was a playmaker.
i don't see top ten as a particularly outrageous claim. he must have been there or thereabouts for at least a couple of years in the early-mid 90s.