LIVERPOOL ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Louis Saha of Everton celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Blackpool at Goodison Park on February 5 2011 in Liverpool England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Just a few weeks ago Everton fans were calling for Louis Saha to be dropped or even sold to raise valuable transfer funds for manager David Moyes (not that he would have spent it anyway) but after hitting eight goals in four Premier League and FA Cup matches we are now desperate to see him running around in a Blue shirt again.
Saha injured his hamstring in training last week just three days after bagging four goals in the dramatic 5-3 Premier League win over Blackpool. The club confirmed after assessing the injury he would be out for around two weeks.
This looks like a sign of desperation of David Moyes’ part. The team were so bad against Bolton on Sunday he knows he should try and do everything he can to get Saha patched up and onto the field – Victor Anichebe should be a last resort.
But Saha is renowned for being injury prone and hamstring injuries aren’t really something you can run off, even for people who don’t have glass legs like the Frenchman. I fear he could do even more damage and possibly put himself out for an extended period of time.
Win or lose against Chelsea a long-term Saha injury would be a disaster as his goals are vital if we are to lift ourselves up the table and away from a Premier League relegation zone that is still just three points away. As much as I want to win this game given our precarious league position I wonder whether he is worth the risk.
Despite our recent woes though the loyalty and passion of my fellow Blues knows no bounds.
In fact the more hopeless the situation the more attracted we are to the game – I think we enjoy the torture in some strange, sadistic way!
This is again shown by the 6,000 army of travelling Toffees who will make their way down to West London on Saturday morning in time for the 12:30GMT Kick off. That is in sharp contrast to the 3,000 allocation taken up - with 3,000 sent back - by Premier League and FA Cup holders Chelsea for the first game at Goodison Park.
If there was ever a sign to a potential investor that despite the debts and a crumbling stadium the heart of the club – it’s fans – is beating as strong as ever, it will be passionate throng of Toffees singing the hearts out at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.