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Aaron Hunt - Is not English. Remains not English.

The English papers have all picked up on the story that Fabio Capello has made overtures towards Werder Bremen forward Aaron Hunt to play for England. Hunt, German-born with an English mother, is a versatile attacker with five goals in eleven games in Bundesliga this season. To his credit, he has ruled out any switch, eager to nail down a place in the German squad. However, my question would be, why do they want him? Five goals in eleven games in any top-level league is impressive but it comes at a time when it couldn’t look less impressive. For the first time in years, five English strikers are in the top 10 of the Premier League scoring charts and Fabio continually ignores the pick of the scoring bunch, Darren Bent.

Jermain Defoe has been rewarded for his good form, as have Carlton Cole and Gabriel Agbonlahor. Bent deserves a shot too. Bent’s in his ninth senior season and has one of the best league goal records in England; better than Cole, Agbonlahor and Defoe. Even in his spell at Spurs, where he was painted as a disastrous flop who was a worse finisher than the manager’s wife, he was a 1 in 3 striker. That is a decent haul in any league and all the more impressive considering how he was seldom in the starting lineup. He’s currently in the best form of his career thus far, looking like the striker who scored 22 in 44 games four season ago. Why be messing around courting a 23 year old German kid who’s only just cracked it when you have a 25 year old who has been doing it for years?

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Written by Michael Farrow

November 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

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