stealthpapes Yes, pretty much. Not in 05-06, but certainly from Summer 2007 onwards, when he came back from the U-21s in Holland that summer.
I see you've given up on defending his mediocre strike rate. Good to see.
I didn't ever say he had an incredible strike rate. You were the one who explicitly stated he only scored 6 goals in a month and nothing else, which simply isn't true. He was a key part of the squad that got us to the Premier League and the one that finished 8th. I think to suggest he was a failure is laughable. £1million was a reasonable amount in the championship, but it was screw all in the Prem even back then and he certainly paid for himself by being part of that promotion team.