I was saddened to hear of Paul Gascoigne being detained under the mental health act yesterday, if not entirely unsurprised.
On the pitch he was an absolute genius, but off it injury problems, along with reported alcoholism and depression issues hindered his career, earning him a reputation as one of English footballs most “wasted” talents.
I don’t really want to get into the whole “rise and fall of Gazza” debate as those type of articles to me always make it sound as if the person concerned has died, which of course he hasn’t. He just needs some serious help – which has probably been the case for a long time.
When I was growing up Gazza was one of those love to hate players. Just think Robbie Savage only with amazing talent and skill. There was a kid at my school who wanted to be Gazza so much he even used to cry like him, and I wish that was a joke!
If any of you are too young to remember how could a player Paul Gascoigne really was at his peak, just watch this: