Tuesday, 10 January 2012

He's Peter Leven, He'll Do What He Wants

A new cult has been sweeping across Oxfordshire, as 'Levenism' has begun to recruit new followers with astounding momentum. The arrival of Peter Leven from the MK Dons in the summer was perhaps one of the biggest eyebrow-raisers, as one of the strongest performers in League One last season confounded all expectations by moving down a league. It is little surprise, then, that Peter Leven has been in majestic form this season, and following another domineering performance as midfield puppet-master this weekend, the Oxford United Twitterati have chosen to honour him with the hashtag #ThatPeterLevenHeDoesWhatHeWants, the number one trending topic in Oxfordshire on Sunday evening.

This time last year we were in the similar position of having returned from Aldershot with three points, after claiming a narrow 2-1 victory. However, that couldn't come close to the almost embarrassing dominance we saw on Saturday. The midfield trio that day consisted of Asa Hall, Paul McLaren and Simon Clist – a solid but uninspiring centre, bereft of any creative spark, and this was one of the main factors in our inconsistent form last season.

Enter Peter Leven and his magic left foot.

With the ball, Leven is probably the best player we have had at Oxford in a decade. His ability to pick out a pass is unrivalled in League Two and his dead ball delivery can be deadly, if only our attackers were capable of making enough space for themselves. With six goals to his name so far he is also our second-highest scorer – not a bad record from midfield!

Leven's influence this season has indeed been remarkable. In little over four months he has already provided numerous memorable moments; those two inch-perfect dead balls at Swindon, that delightful chip to set up Liam Davis at Barnet, and of course his masterclass at Aldershot – setting up two goals before nabbing a third for himself. And that's without mentioning that incredible effort from the halfway line against Port Vale.

Video courtesy of the BBC

Yes, we football fans are prone to exaggeration and excitability, but when we take the time to review the impact he has made at the club in the short amount of time he has been here, it's not difficult to understand the God-like reverence he now commands.


He didn't really impress me when he was making sub appearances at the start of the season. But now I am a massive fan.

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