Wednesday, February 27, 2008

As the World Turns

It’s been an odd season for veteran Paul Dickov. You may not be aware, but he’s currently on his third club of the season.

Unlike Fulham’s Collins John who went from club to club that are about the same echelon (Fulham, Leicester City, Watford); Dickov has gone from Manchester City (a large club) to Crystal Palace (a medium club), to Blackpool (a minnow).

And he’s played for each club, although an 88th minute substitute for City in a Carling Cup match in August is somewhat be suspect.

It’s also interesting to note that Dickov has done something with the Seasiders that he couldn’t do with the Citizens or Eagles: score.

His goal over the weekend against promotion-hopefuls Charlton was his fifth in just four starts since moving to Lancashire. This mark ties him with leading scorers Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Ben Burgess, and Wesley Hoolahan – all of whom have played significantly more than him.

In fact he’s played an integral role in Blackpool’s recent ascent to the mid-table, as they’ve acquired eight points in the five games he’s been on the team. And with the exception of a 2-1 loss at Ipswich, the Seasiders have acquired at least a point when he’s scored.

So the question remains: has the Scottish old hand found himself a home and make the loan permanent, or will he go to an even smaller club like Brentford and set a League Two scoring record?

I guess anything is possible at this rate.