Darren Ambrose – Danger-man of Crystal Palace

Everybody seem to be warning Wolves against Victor Moses of Crystal Palace. It is very true that Moses is a very good player and the teenager can become a very good Premier League player one day.

But Palace has a player in their ranks who have been there and done that. And he has scored double the amount of goals to Moses this season so far. He is a danger-man that Paddytheflea will warn you from – and jinx so that he will be rendered harmless. His name is Darren Ambrose.

Ambrose, 25, is an attacking midfielder. He made his debut as a senior with Ipswich eight years ago against Arsenal in the Premier League. One month later Ipswich was in the Championship. There he combined well with his friend Darren Bent and they made success. Ambrose netted ten in his first whole season as a senior midfielder.

But Ipswich went to administration and Dareen was sold by the administrators for a bargain £1 million to Newcastle. He played 37 matches during that first year and became a success. Bobby Robson knew what he was doing, signing Ambrose, as he had been the former manager of Ipswich.

Darren had a couple of good years at Newcastle under Robson, but when he was replaced by Graeme Souness he – like many other good players – didn’t get much playing time in the first team and decided to leave.

Charlton Athletics became his new team and he started the 2005-6 season well with Bent again in front of him on the pitch. But despite Bent and Ambrose in top form scoring many goals, manager Curbishley had to leave and Charlton – like Newcastle – started a downward spiral.

Ambrose and Charlton started the 2006-7 season badly, but after a manager change to Pardew the play became better the second half of the season, but Charlton was too many points behind already and they were relegated from the Premier League. Ambrose stayed in Charlton despite his mate Bent signed for Tottenham.

Everybody thought that Charlton could bounce right up again, but in the season 2007-8 they came only 11th in the Championship, despite Ambrose scoring nine goals. Last season was even worse when they were relegated to League One. Ambrose was loaned out to his old team Ipswich in the beginning of the season for financial reasons and could do nothing to stop the team from falling down one more division later on.

He was free to go anywhere this summer and I had some hopes that Mick McCarthy would try him for Wolves, but Ambrose signed for Crystal Palace. Something the club nor Ambrose will regret. He has scored eleven goals in the league so far and Darren Ambrose scored in six consecutive matches in November earning him the Player Of The Month Award. His goal on a free kick against Forest was a nice one and shows what he’s about. Watch it!

I think it would be very healthy for Wolves to watch  out for this player. He has a very good shot and is a very intelligent and experienced player with a sense for goal. The kind of player I would like Wolves to have more of in the squad.

Paddytheflea

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~ by paddytheflea on January 23, 2010.

2 Responses to “Darren Ambrose – Danger-man of Crystal Palace”

  1. i am pretty sure ambrose and moses will be watched very carefully by our defence….lets just hope mujangi bia can make a good impression on his debut… and let’s keep a clean sheet!

  2. He actually delivered an assist right now 0-1

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