Is Bridge Move a wise choice for Black Cats?
Sunderland fans may well be feeling pretty smug at the moment (let's face it, they can be a smug bunch, even when threatened by relegation!) after the Black Cats managed to capture a former Chelsea star and a man brought in by Manchester City just before the Roberto Mancini-inspired revolution at Eastlands, but supporters of the club would be wise to be a little wary of what Wayne Bridge might yet end up bringing to the club.
With Bridge not having played much first team soccer games for quite some time now, Mancini opting to play him just once this season, and that appearance coming in the win over Birmingham in the Carling Cup, and finding himself stung by criticism from the Italian for feeling satisfied rotting with the reserves rather than pushing for a regular starting position at a different club, it seems clear that the mental attitude of the player leaves something to be desired.
Bridge spent much of last season on loan at West Ham, but failed to make an impression of any sort in London, and big clubs haven't exactly been rushing to sign him up ever since then. With the player arguably never hitting the form we all know he's capable of since the ugly John Terry fiasco (remember that failed handshake broadcast live on TV?!), it would seem that Bridge is more interested in becoming more involved in the celebrity lifestyle of fast cars and ridiculously high-profile relationships flashed across the pages of the likes of Hello! Than earning headlines in the sport news by putting in the effort where it counts on the pitch.
Should Bridge fail to make a significant impact at Sunderland under the guidance of Martin O'Neill, he'll surely only have himself to blame for ruining a career that once promised so, so much.
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