Friday, October 03, 2008

The hunt for Mpenza

The story began, recalls Sturrock, in the Belgian city of Mechelen. It was the late 1990s and Sturrock was the manager of Dundee United. He was over in Belgium on a scouting trip and blown away by two brothers playing for the away team.
Fast forward to the summer of 2008 and Mpenza had just left Man City after a largely disappointing 16 months. He occasionally impressed but failed to make a regular first-team spot his own. The striker felt he had a point to prove and was keen to stay in England, only nobody was biting and this time it was Sturrock who got the call.
>>bbc sport.

A nice post from Paul Fletcher on the ever improving BBC Sport site, and an interesting look at a lengthy pursuit for Paul Sturrock that finally paid off, with Mpenza seemingly set for a big role at Plymouth this season.

Given the current situation, it is easy to forget that for the most part of the first half of last season, Mpenza was given the responsibility of leading the front line on his own - and performed admirably enough.

The importance of Mpenza's goals when he first arrived at the club under Stuart Pearce shouldn't be underestimated either given our flirtation with the relegation area that season.

Good to see Mpenza land somewhere after being released this summer.

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