Thanks to excellent Huddersfield Town blogger Charlie Johnson for his views on CUFC’s latest new arrival…
There are two things that will leap to mind whenever someone mentions Danny Cadamarteri: that goal against Liverpool, and Night Nurse.
The goal against Liverpool, whilst a youngster at Everton, announced him as an exciting player, and a potential star of the future. The fact that this is all that most people can remember about him as a player does sum up the rest of his career.
When you have such a defining career moment so early on, there is always a risk that everything else will be a disappointment.
The Night Nurse incident was perhaps a turning point for Danny, as he failed a drugs test, explained by his usage of an over the counter medicine.
His career was faltering, and the ban looked to be bringing a premature end to his time as a professional footballer.
He however came back, got himself fit and shifting a lot of weight, and when he arrived atHuddersfield, he had a lot to prove.
From day one, he endeared himself to the Huddersfield fans with a genuinely hard working style and true determination. He also always came across as a friendly guy with time for the fans.
With Danny Cadamarteri, you get a hard worker, who still has pace and can cause many problems with his physicality and ability to hold onto the ball.
He will run himself into the ground, and will work exceptionally hard for the team. He can also play in a number of positions, up front and more commonly recently on the wing.
He left Huddersfield to join Dundee United, where he impressed early on, even earning an SPL player of the month award. However, as has happened throughout his career, he started positively before the goals dried up and he was restricted to substitute appearances.
He returned to Huddersfield, and was happily welcomed back by the Town faithful who had enjoyed his hardworking style in his first spell. He came back, turned round a game against Exeter but ultimately returned to the bench where he would be an impact sub.
The most obvious flaw in his style is the lack of goals scored throughout his career. For Carlisle he will almost certainly grab a few early goals, before they completely dry up. He will however do a lot of hard work in creating space for others and running himself into the ground for the team.
I do wish Danny every success in Cumbria, and I hope he can finally hit the goal trail and fulfil some of the enormous potential he displayed at such a young age.
In signing Cadamarteri you aren’t signing a failed star, just one who never reached the levels that were predicted. He will become a fans favourite, as long as expectations are realistic. It’ll be good to see how he gets on, and his story is a fascinating one that can be read about in far more detail than I can detail here.
Finally it is worth mentioning that he is a bit of Twitter philosopher, so it might be worth giving him a follow on there – @dannycadz.
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