Why the fuss over Taarabt Le Tissier performed magic like that week in, week out for Saints
16:19 GMT, 17 December 2012
There is a lot about Adel Taarabt which brings back memories of the heyday of Matt Le Tissier.
He's languid, a touch lazy, and must be incredibly frustrating for teammates to play with – that is until he produces moments of audacious genius such as his finish on Saturday.
It began with a burst of energy as he brought the ball under control, a sublime dummy and then that instinctive perfectly placed finish.
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Yes, it was all very Le Tissier. But to
truly bare comparisons to the South Coast legend Taarabt is going to
have to repeat his wonder goal time and again for a series of seasons.
For that is what Le Tiss did – practically single-handedly keeping Saints in the top flight for a decade – and he dominated the goal of the season charts, particularly in 1993 and 1994.
I can’t hear the song Life of Riley by the Lightening Seeds (which was Match of the Day's goal of the month music in the mid-nineties) without remembering Le Tiss's flick up and volley from a free kick against Wimbledon, the loop over two players heads and then a delicate finish against Newcastle, a swerving strike against Forest, and, my favourite, the 35 yard belter against Blackburn.
And there were many more, most notably a volley against Arsenal in the final game at The Dell.
On top of that he had a remarkable record from the penalty spot – only failing to score once in 48 attempts.
Master: Le Tissier regularly scored cracking goals for Southampton
He seemed to have a hand in almost every goal Saints scored. There were times his talent drove fans to despair. For someone who could see and supply passes only a handful of others could match, he hung on to the ball for an eternity.
Some would call his never-ending flicks, tricks and dummies mesmerising, others would sigh at why he didn’t just play the simple pass.
When his inspiration went missing and Saints fell behind, his sloth-like demeanour was frustrating.
But Le Tissier scored 210 goals for Southampton – all of them in the top flight, and for a club which rarely finished in the upper half of the table.
Only when Taarabt can match this, will his talents ever truly match the man Saints fans call Le God.
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