Bellamy must stop rubbing shoulders with Saturday’s opponents

Craig Bellamy for Cardiff

Welshman has been quick to praise Liverpool this weekend ahead of crunch fixture

Players respect for former clubs is growing within world football to ridiculous levels. We are now so used to our hero’s refusing to celebrate against clubs they formerly played for, and rubbing shoulders with them in the build-up to big matches.

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich is the prime example of the silly levels that ‘respect’ has reached in football. Earlier in the month the Irishman refused to celebrate his goal against Aston Villa, out of respect to the club who attempted to sign him in January. What next? Refusal to celebrate if you score the goal to relegate your opponents? It's nonsense.

A few warming comments about the time at your previous club is fine. But don’t speak of wanting a team to win the title when you have massive problems of your own, as Craig Bellamy has done this week.

Bellamy has gone on record talking of his love for Liverpool, the great days he had at Anfield and worst of all his desire for them to be Champions. There is nothing wrong with those sentiments, but keep them private for now. Cardiff have a huge game against them this weekend, and will need to conjure the kind of spirit seen in the Manchester City win in September to get a result.

A big win has to come from somewhere to save the Bluebirds. Beating a club of Liverpool’s magnitude needs to be done again to spark an unrealistic looking survival bid. Bellamy as one of their most experienced players should be focusing all efforts on getting the win, and making sure those around him are ready.

Solskjaer should honestly assess Bellamy’s position with regard for tomorrow’s game. If he is not emotionally in a position to give the kind of performance needed, then he should be overlooked. Cardiff need the famous, dogged Bellamy display, where he gets in the faces of his opponents and rattles their confidence.

Maybe, hopefully, Bellamy will perform despite his rubbing of shoulders with his former club this week. But in Cardiff’s situation they need all players heads screwed on and ready for a huge battle until the end of the seaon, starting with Liverpool tomorrow.

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