If Larsson is about to sign for Newcastle United, then nobody told Alex McLeish, who started Sebastien Larsson tonight in their 2-1 defeat at West Ham in the semi-final of the Carling Cup.
Seb Larsson – played most of the game tonight for Birmingham
Larsson had a good game, and was doing the Joey Barton role for Birmingham, in taking most of the free kicks and all of the corners, and he showed just how he can cross a ball, and would certainly be a good acquisition for the Tyneside club.
We could see a certain Andy Carroll on the end of a lot of those Larsson crosses tonight, and it’s small wonder that Newcastle are interested in this player.
And Seb created the goal for Birmingham in the second half, when Liam Ridgewell got on the end of one of Larsson’s pin-point crosses after 56 minutes.
West Ham went ahead in the first half with a 13th minute goal from the impressive Mark Noble, but were then reduced to 10 men when a stupid foul by Victor Obinna on Larsson after 59 minutes, rightly got him sent off.
The score at that time was 1-1, but then a terrible mistake by England goalkeeper Foster gave West Ham the victory, when he let a Carlton Cole shot slip under his body – or was it his leg?
There was a time when England had the best goalkeepers in the world, but alas – not now.
Of course Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has every right in the world to play Sebastian Larsson, although an injury could have cost the club upwards of £2M, if he had been injured.
That’s the highest fee that’s been mentioned, that Newcastle are willing to pay for the player in January.
But it still seems that his transfer to Newcastle is still up in the air, and as we mentioned this morning the longer nothing happens, the worse it probably looks for Newcastle.
There again, if Larsson doesn’t particularly want to come to Newcastle – he probably shouldn’t bother.
We’ve had too many players in the past come to Newcastle just for the money, and that culminated a couple of years ago in the famous club being relegated, because there was simply no fight or spirit in the side, when push came to shove.
As we’ve said many times before, we only want players at Newcastle who really want to be here – like Ben Arfa as one very good example.
However, with all of this taken into account, we would still like to see Seb sign along the dotted line for Newcastle United, and sooner rather than later.