first of all, I’d like to wish Antoine a very Happy Birthday :D have a good one.
During the 2007 under-21 European Championships, Babel was simply sensational. He was the player of the tournament by a mile. he was fast, clinical and his first touch was exquisite. but most importantly, he was confident. Benitez bought him for around £11 million and ever since, he’s looked nothing like how he did when he first came into the limelight. I hate Benitez for what he did to Babel, no offence. he DESTROYED Babel’s confidence and forced him to change his style of play, hardly gave him any game time, limiting it to mere 5-10 minute cameos and ultimately, destroyed his effectiveness. Now, with a new gaffer, Babel has the chance to shine again. I believe he has tremendous potential and I’ve always supported the lad. i can understand how he feels. My respect for him increased when he publicly reiterated his commitment and love towards our club and I hope that we can see his best this season. I’d prefer if Hogdson played him as an out and out striker, which is his favored position, rather than on the left wing.