Monday, October 21st, 2013
Alvaro Negredo’s dummy on Sergio Aguero’s opener against West Ham was so good that it’s nearly gone unnoticed, and it’s time to right that wrong.
In fact, it was such a good dummy that it wasn’t even a dummy, if you follow.
Normally a dummy entails a deliberate stepover over leaving the ball behind; but Negredo just walked past Fernandinho’s through ball like a man watching a dog walk past him in the park, as the pass slid smoothly through like a golfing putt on a glass-like green.
So nonchalant, so effective.
The entire West Ham defence were expecting him to receive the pass, but he instead telepathically left it, aware as he was that Kun was ahead of him, on the same wavelength, onside, and in prime position to steal in and score.
The only shame is that such an effective dummy will never show on the records; this was so good it should be awared an honorary and symbolic assist.
That will never happen though, so just show it some love by sitting back and enjoying it!