If Shawcross Is "Not That Type Of Player," Then Who Is?

Ryan KusyContributor IIMarch 1, 2010

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27:  Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City is sent off by Referee Peter Walton for a challenge on Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at The Britannia Stadium on February 27, 2010 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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At first glance, the tackle looked like the coming together of two players, a 50-50 tackle. One player came in mistimed, the other's foot planted in the ground. Looking at it more closely though, the Stoke defender swung in his left leg with such carelessness, that even if Ramsey's foot wasn't planted, he would have been seriously hurt regardless. One can't help but wonder why he came in with such force in the tackle. He wound his leg up like he was ready to strike the ball, but instead hit Ramsey's leg...

Ramsey will sit out a year of footballing, maybe, most likely more. Shawcross will sit in the stands for three games, before going back to his usual role in the Stoke defense. Something there doesn't quite make much sense. Ramsey's injury has potentially threatened his career, while Shawcross can mull it over on his trip against Egypt with the England squad.

Take Eduardo for example. Using him as a reason to shed light on the fact that Ramsey could make a comeback to the team is a joke. To Eduardo's credit it is amazing he can still play football after such an injury, but he is a fraction of the player he was. His pace is gone, sometimes his touch is not there, and even his most trademark finishing has eluded him. He is a shadow of the player he was when Arsenal bought him, and to this day it is hard to say he has been 100 percent fit since that injury.

Coming to Shawcross's defense because he was in tears when he left the field means absolutely nothing. There is not a soccer player that calls himself a professional that attempts to injure another player on purpose and without reason. Did he intend to break Ramsey's leg on that tackle? I am going to guess not. Did Shawcross put a potential superstar's career at risk due to his "mistimed tackle"? Yes, and that's enough for him to be slated.

There is no need to worry though, it can only be a matter of time before another superstar gets taken down by a team attempting to "kick Arsenal", "get in their faces", "get stuck in", "be physical," and they won't be able to handle it. That is, until something changes...

There needs to be a line drawn before someone goes to far. The English media applauds teams that play physical to attempt to win games, and claims that teams like Arsenal are too fragile. So teams like Stoke, Sunderland, or Birmingham resort to a sort of rugby-style approach by wrestling with teams because they lack the talent to play football with them, and yet the media praises their efforts in the game. The longer this continues, the more football loses. Yesterday Eduardo, today Ramsey, tomorrow who knows, maybe Rooney, Lampard, or Milner? What then?

What would the English media say then, if Rooney was the injured player, not Ramsey? I am sure a lot less people would be standing next to Ryan Shawcross simply because he was teary-eyed walking of the pitch. And I am sure there would be no England call up for him later that evening for him either. The English media is so biased towards its own players that it tends to overlook some of the most obvious things. Reading some articles one might think it was Shawcross in need of more sympathy than Ramsey.

It is a pity almost, how much people are trying to defend Ryan Shawcross. What would Ramsey think if he saw how much people were defending Shawcross, and saying, "It's only a matter of time before Ramsey is back to normal." But we can only hope it is a matter of time, because Aaron Ramsey was on the rise, technically gifted, with great vision, the ability to pick out the killer pass, with the ability and potential eerily similar to the man he partnered in the midfield that fateful date—Cesc Fabregas.