Graveson played well no sorry decent for 6 months this year and cos of this is loved by some fans. If he tried as hard and put in as much as effort as he did pulling stupid faces and kissing his badge into football he may have deserved the love he has.
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Gravesen was a fantastic footballer. Huge amounts of ability, his problem wasnt effort it was he didnt always use his brain when playing. There were 2 main reasons he didnt shine like he did in those 6 months the rest of his time here in my opinion.
1; The players around him werent on his level and a lot of what he could do was wasted. You could see as soon as he went away with Denmark and players around him played to his strengths he looked a top player.
2; He didnt have the discipline to play a deeper role in England in 4-4-2. He went wandering and when he tried something that didnt come off we were left exposed.
2004/5 he shone because we played him off the front man rather than deeper like in previous years. We gave him a freedom to play how he wanted, where he wanted. He had the security of Carsley sitting deeper all the time and Cahill worked his socks off playing a box to box role and basically gave him 2 players behind him as cover. Linked in with the fact Ossie came in and understood how Tommy played and linked well. Along with Bent worked really hard and constantly made good runs in behind defences or into the channel. That 6 months showed how good a player Gravesen was, and it showed that for the previous 4 seasons we didnt use him in the right way and get the most out of his talents.
Simply for that 6 months he was outstanding. No surprise as soon as we lost him in early January that our form from the first half of the season vanished. Before he left we were keeping pace with Arsenal and United, only lost 2 or 3 games. After that we were very average and it was only the goals of Cahill in the second half of the season that allowed us to creep over the line.