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BeezerCeltic1967
06-04-12, 08:03 AM
Right lads,

who are your best performers and who has let you down this season?

:typing:

BeezerCeltic1967
06-04-12, 08:12 AM
for me,

best performers

Neil Lennon [after all the shit he has had to go thru, on the verge of the title, got to the league cup final, in the semi of the scottish cup, all this having lost the league on last day of season last year, losing league cup final last year and winning scot cup last year]
Fraser Forster - future england gk maybe?
Charlie Mulgrew - different gravy
Thomas Rogne - class act,
Beram Kayal [untill he got injured]
Scott Brown - great leader, great player
Victor Wanyama - the new desailly
James Forrest - what a talent
Adam Matthews - could be a real star, needs to work on final ball tho


let downs

Kris Commons [been terrible, although injured a wee bit at times]
Gary Hooper [last 3 months has not kicked a ball] i'd sell if a good bid comes in.
Emilio Izzaguirre [i know he was injured for months] but seems to be lacking confidence to get back to the form that won him player of the year last season
Ki [went off the boil a bit] like hooper, i would sell if the price is right.
Anthony Stokes - just don't think he is good enough.

Goofy
06-04-12, 08:23 AM
McCoist - acted with dignity throughout the whole shambles, kept the players upbeat and together.
Shagger - top class keeper, pulls off amazing saves time and time again.
Aluko - been the ray of light amongst the darkness

The rest have pretty much all been let downs, albeit under difficult circumstances.

shikaka
06-04-12, 08:36 AM
My own team:

Unexpected good performance:
- José Luque: already 8 goals, deadly freekicks, brilliant left foot and generally enthusiastic on every match. Also a very friendly guy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql5whFjOjes
- Francisco 'Paco' Gallardo: lots of assists, devilish skill with the ball and pacey too. This guy is tearing defenses apart.


Letdown:
- Ákos Lippai: kind of disappointing season from the former captain. He was also involved in match fixing. :Cry:
- Tibor Tisza: 3 goals from a striker. He is also very intolerable, breaks team spirit...

Spudiator
06-04-12, 08:43 AM
Best:
Jonny Evans - suffered a barrage of criticism the last couple of years, but has absolutely redeemed himself this season and made Nemanja Vidic's injury-enforced absence barely noticeable.
Antonio Valencia - vastly underrated, but is proving himself to be vital to United's title run-in.
Michael Carrick - like Evans, has suffered a lot of criticism in recent years, mostly justified, but has rediscovered his form this season and stepped up to the plate.
Wayne Rooney - top-scorer for United and arguably the most irreplaceable member of the squad at the moment.
Ryan Giggs - shouldn't still be performing at his age, but somehow still manages to defy all logic by actually meriting his place in the team.
Paul Scholes - like Giggs, defies all logic by still commanding a place at his age, but has been an absolute revelation since returning to the club in January.

Worst:
Anderson - has had so many opportunities to prove his worth, this season and the last few, started brightly alongside Tom Cleverley but very quickly faded, and must surely be running out of time now to establish his career at the club.
Nani - arguably one of the most talented members of the squad, but could learn a thing or two from Vanelcia about getting the basics right before showboating so much, and is still far too wasteful in possession.
Park Ji-Sung - has been praised so often for his work-rate and effort in recent years, but it seems age is catching up on him, and it's no coincidence that he's not trusted in the big games as much as he used to be.

BeezerCeltic1967
06-04-12, 08:47 AM
great stuff lads :ok:

keep it coming :ok:

BeezerCeltic1967
06-04-12, 08:48 AM
My own team:

Unexpected good performance:
- José Luque: already 8 goals, deadly freekicks, brilliant left foot and generally enthusiastic on every match. Also a very friendly guy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql5whFjOjes
- Francisco 'Paco' Gallardo: lots of assists, devilish skill with the ball and pacey too. This guy is tearing defenses apart.


Letdown:
- Ákos Lippai: kind of disappointing season from the former captain. He was also involved in match fixing. :Cry:
- Tibor Tisza: 3 goals from a striker. He is also very intolerable, breaks team spirit...

what team is that mate?

ebfatz
06-04-12, 09:26 AM
Best:

Demba Ba - started the season like a train. Everything he touched turned to gold. Up until the African Nations. Has come back from there with a different strike partner and has been asked to play a slightly different, deeper role and he has 'taken one for the team' and sacrificed goals.

Papiss Cisse - has hit the ground running. Difficult coming in with the pressure of the Newcastle Number 9 on your shoulders but he has taken to it well. Still getting used to the pace of the league and rarely finishing 90 minutes so could get better with extra stamina.

James Perch - has stepped up to the plate. Rarely put a foot wrong this season. Having to come in for the first injured Steven Taylor and now Captain Coloccini, he has been dependable and reliable when called on.

Worst:
Jonas - his crossing is now seen to be so bad, he's been relegated to an emergency full back. He can beat people fine but absolutely cannot cross. And he doesn't score enough either.

Alan Smith - nice guy don't get me wrong. Great for the young and youth players to have in the changing room but must have known a long time ago that he wasn't going to get a look in at first team level. So could have either taken a wage reduction from his stupidly high wage or got himself a transfer away.

shikaka
06-04-12, 09:43 AM
what team is that mate?


Well, MY team :D
Diósgyőr, hungarian top tier, currently 5th (we were promoted last year).
http://dvtk.eu/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGBEyn7m3Cs&feature=related

Fiestita
06-04-12, 10:38 AM
Best:
David Trezeguet - He's class.

Worst:
Nicolas Domingo - He gives the ball to the other side constantly and he does not stop anyone unless conceding a dangerous free kick (he plays defensive midfield).

Dr.Football1
06-04-12, 02:49 PM
Best <<< Falcao,Arda,Adrian,Gabi,Juanfran,Luis Filipe

Worst <<< Mario Suarez

Dubinho
06-04-12, 02:58 PM
Best - Luis Suarez

Worst - £75m worth :yell: Carroll, Downing & Henderson.

youngwolf
06-04-12, 03:02 PM
Best players:

Wayne Hennessey - Has been immense, made some unbelievable saves this year. Made a few errors but I put that down to confidence due to playing behind the worst defence in europe

Steven Fletcher - Goals have dried up of late but ten goals for us two years running is a miracle. Will move on in the summer and personally I think Liverpool should buy him, they'd be doing better if they had him instead of Carroll this season

Stephen Ward - We all dream of a team of Stephen Wards.

Matty Jarvis - first half of the season was average but has since got better and better and better :D Beats full backs for fun and has got 4 in his last 8. If someone like Downing goes to the euros ahead of him I will sue.


Worst:

Roger Johnson - Slower than Craddock, makes more mistakes than Stearman and is worse than Berra on the ball. Fuck me he's been bad.

Jamie O'Hara - Never been fit, but has put in some VERY poor performances.

Kevin Doyle - Played better since February but before that had been a shadow of the player he can be.

Scooterfan
06-04-12, 03:04 PM
Stephen Ward - We all dream of a team of Stephen Wards.


Good start to the season, but has gone alarmingly downhill since January.....much like the club :(

ClayDatsusara
06-04-12, 03:05 PM
best:

Cardozo - although the usual open goal misses, he scores a lot
Witsel - smooth and reliable in the passes, scored in some important games
Aimar - the magic is lost when he is not there
Artur Moraes - simply the best keeper in portugal

worst:
Saviola - never lived up to his reputation or even recent past in Benfica. time for him to go back to River and enjoy a golden retirement
Emerson - not a substitute to Coentrão at all

Dermotron
06-04-12, 03:10 PM
Doyle has forgotten to think for himself. He's a battering ram/workhorse for club and country. Must the only striker used without the intention of him scoring. Easy to see why his confidence is shot to bits!

Mark
10-04-12, 10:30 AM
Best
Dean Whitehead - Of all the central midfielder at our disposal, I think Deano has been head and shoulders above the rest. He has such a great engine and a willingness to get stuck in which we all love. If he was played alongside a creative midfielder, I think he'd look an even better player.
Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross - Proving that our defence is key at Stoke, the duo have kept Woodgate + Upson away from the 1st team as they've kept their partnership going. Huth with his goals as well.
Peter Crouch - Still can't believe Crouchy plays for Stoke! Record signing so he has a massive weight on his shoulders but he's been our player of the season really, scoring some great goals along the way.

Worse
Kenwyne Jones - After arriving at the club in style and scoring a few crucial goals this year, he seems to have sunk into the shadows following Crouch's arrival at the club. When he gets a start, he doesn't score and ends up being replaced. A hugely frustrating player when you know how good he can be in the air.
Ricardo Fuller - With his contract due to expire this summer, everyone expected him to return from his year long injury to prove himself worthy of a new contract. But in typical Fuller style, he bags a red card for stamping on Ivanovic and may no longer be our talisman up front.
Jonathan Walters - Says a lot that I've named 3 strikers as our worse players this year. Goals have been a major problem and for Walters, it has. He's missed 2 or 3 penalties and only has something like 9 goals to his name all season in all games. After his performances last year where he terrorised defences and scored some great goals, he's been a shadow of that player. Most people think he has been overworked by Pulis.
Etherington + Pennant - After our success last year where the two wingers were on top form, they've failed to deliver this season. Etherington has struggled with form and injuries despite flashes of his talents whilst Pennant obviously got into bother with Pulis and has been in and out of the team ever since.
Tony Pulis - Sticking him in here for one reason only. While I'll always appreciate that he's brought us to where we are today, the tactics that he employs are finally getting on my wick. It's not so much his home tactics but his insistence in setting out defensively away from home where he very rarely players both wingers. Then there's his insistence in taking our wingers off after an hour when we do actually start them.
Wilson Palacios - We've seen in glimpses what he can do but then there's been times where he has looked woefully short of pace and gets easily outmuscled. Apparently, he joined us with a knee problem which is why Pulis plays him sparingly so hopefully with a full pre-season behind him, he'll be a top player next season. Fingers crossed!

Topofthekop
10-04-12, 03:30 PM
Best Players:

Jose Enrique - For most of the season he looked like being the bargain buy of the summer, but lately has been rather poor. He needs to learn when to go forward and when to sit back, he also needs to learn where and when to release the ball to fellow team members

Martin Skrtel - Been a rock at the back alongside agger and easily one of the most improved and consistant players in the league. He has popped up with a few goals and up till january he was part of a defence that was one of the best in the league in terms of goals conceded. Looks rather average along side a very poor carragher probably because he is having to cover for carras mistakes.

Daniel Agger - Yes he has been injured a lot again, but when fit has been class alongside Skrtel. Just wish he could stay injury free for a lot longer.


Worst Players:

Rest of the squad!!!!! Most of this side is average at best, Suarez is a great player but his whole attitude is questionable and is beginning to piss off a lot of people with how selfish and greedy he is with the ball. Personally if a decent enough bid was to arrive in the summer from say P.S.G I would personally snap it up and get him gone, Along with the likes of Adam, Downing, Carroll, Henderson (on loan to a mid table team where he can play pressure free and learn), Kuyt, Spearing, Maxi, Aurelio And maybe one or two more of the fringe players too.

wato20
10-04-12, 04:13 PM
thats about £5 million in for Liverpool in sales then...

Mervmeister
10-04-12, 04:34 PM
Best players:
Holt - Banged them in at all levels he has played in. Everyone (including me) doubted he would score more than a handful in the prem tho. 2nd top scoring Englishman in the Prem and deserves all the plaudits he gets.

R.Martin - Had sooooo many injuries in defense this season and he has filled in everywhere. Right back, left back and chucked in for many games at centre back. Not let us down once. Also happy to sit on bench when needs be.

Ruddy - For me this guy other than Hart has been best English keeper in the league. Without him we may be much nearer the drop zone than we are now. Made some mistakes, but makes up for it with some real wonder saves.

Worst players:
Crofts - Looked out of his depth when called upon this season, gave his all, but its not enough. Sure we will let him go at end of season.

Ward - You either love the guy or hate the guy. Has had some gr8 displays since returning. But spent most of season injured and is slow and wreckless too often.

Barnett - Absalutely crap defender, last choice defender now and rightly so, please get rid asap!!


Other mentions: Whole squad has been ace, but new signings Howson and R.Bennett have been amazing. 2 gr8 pieces of business in Jan.

wato20
10-04-12, 04:57 PM
Sheffield United...

Best Players:

Kevin McDonald - Central Midfield - This player is an absolute genius. He runs the games. Such a great touch, an amazing pass. Makes the game go at his pace. Always in space and always finds the space. The Blades had their main dip when he was injured. Think we only got him on a 1 year deal as he had a bad past at Burnley, but he is young and I desperately hope we can hold onto him.

Ched Evans - Striker - He has been unplayable in so many matches this season. Started 28 Games in the League. Scored 26 goals. Another 6 goals in the Cups. He is a level above League 1.

Harry Maguire - Central Defender - He may not be the quickest lad, but his positioning and decision making are unbelievable. He's great in the air and barely loses any headers. He's strong and big. Pretty comfortable with the ball at his feet. At only 18 years old. A bright future in the game.

Matt Lowton - Right Back - His all round game is great. Quick, Strong, good in the tackle, good at going forward...

Stephen Quinn - Left Midfield - This man never stops running. He is always giving it 100%. And he is capable of a flash of genius. He needs to do it more often and score a few more goals, but he's got it in his locker. He's quick, strong and has a great cross and pass. He's got 14 assists in the league.


Lee Williamson - Midfield - Williamson injects some class. You can tell he is used to playing at a higher level. Great touch on him and gets forward and back to help the defence. Scored 10 league goals, which is really good for a midfielder who doesnt take penalties.


Other Players:


Neil Collins - Central Defender - Just need to give him a mention, as he was shocking last season but has given his all and improved this year and developed a great partnership with young Harry Mcguire.

Richard Cresswell - Forward - Never stops running. Drives himself into the ground. A fantastic pro.

Steve Simonsen - Goalkeeper - Greatly improved this year and looks very solid at this level.


Worst Players:

This is tough as we are 2nd in the table, if we get a point 2nite.......??????... :eek:

Chris Porter - Back Up Striker - Seems to be lost when on the pitch... Not been impressed at all with him.

Michael Doyle - Centre Midfield - Although he hasnt done anything wrong. He looks lost when McDonald doesnt play....




UP THE BLADES..

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Mervmeister
10-04-12, 05:17 PM
Interesting race for 2nd between the 2 Sheff clubs. Evans for me could be the difference. Impressed me when on loan at Norwich a few seasons back. Went downhill a bit since then but now seems to have found his feet. Certainly will be paying close attention to the race for 2nd.

shikaka
10-04-12, 05:34 PM
Rest of the squad!!!!! Most of this side is average at best, Suarez is a great player but his whole attitude is questionable and is beginning to piss off a lot of people with how selfish and greedy he is with the ball. Personally if a decent enough bid was to arrive in the summer from say P.S.G I would personally snap it up and get him gone, Along with the likes of Adam, Downing, Carroll, Henderson (on loan to a mid table team where he can play pressure free and learn), Kuyt, Spearing, Maxi, Aurelio And maybe one or two more of the fringe players too.

Wow, a great idea :amen:

Sell average players for peanuts, so that Liverpool doesn't have anybody left for rotation duties.

It is not the fault of Carroll, Henderson, Downing or Adam that they were bought for an insane amount. They could provide decent backups in the case the leaders don't perform or need rest. The problem is that Liverpool doesn't have class at the moment.

Downing, Carroll and Henderson would fit perfectly to a team where they sit on the bench on most matches, and only play if - random class player - is rested or injured.


DON'T sell them, buy 3-4 good players to fill out the squad.

youngwolf
10-04-12, 07:59 PM
Neil Collins - Central Defender - Just need to give him a mention, as he was shocking last season but has given his all and improved this year and developed a great partnership with young Harry Mcguire.

Got so much abuse at Wolves, glad to hear he's done well this season. A player that summed up why I loved Mick's first season at the club. Short of ability, but made up for it in spirit and fight.

BeezerCeltic1967
10-04-12, 08:01 PM
thanks guys,
this feedback is great :ok:

keep it coming :ok:

Psmith
13-04-12, 12:47 PM
best:

Cardozo - although the usual open goal misses, he scores a lot
Witsel - smooth and reliable in the passes, scored in some important games
Aimar - the magic is lost when he is not there
Artur Moraes - simply the best keeper in portugal

worst:
Saviola - never lived up to his reputation or even recent past in Benfica. time for him to go back to River and enjoy a golden retirement
Emerson - not a substitute to Coentrão at all

Agreed. But I think Saviola still has something to offer! The problem was the manager not knowing how to use him...

Emerson is a disgrace.

ClayDatsusara
13-04-12, 02:26 PM
Agreed. But I think Saviola still has something to offer! The problem was the manager not knowing how to use him...

But Saviola was, with the same manager, maybe the best player two seasons ago! Jesus couldnt just "unlearn" how to use him. The question is that the inclusion of Witsel in the midfield excluded one of the forwards, and now Benfica plays in a 4-5-1, rather than a 4-4-2, and Saviola has no place in the team as he is a perfect second striker but a bad lonely one.

gtfcfan
13-04-12, 08:36 PM
Best: James Mckeown. Goalie. Kept us in games, made us some good saves, but has been a bit rubbish at times.
Liam Hearn. Striker. 27 league goals. That is all.
Conor Townsend. Full-back. On loan for Hull (boo!) really good signing. Lots of pace, gets forward.

Worst: Lee Ridly. Full-back. Paid off and gone. Rubbish.
Darran Kempson. CB. Just hoofed the ball, not a good passer. Paid off and now at Alfreton I think.
The whole centre midfield. I have never seen a good central midfield in all of my time of supporting Grimsby. This trend continues.


Up the Mariners!

Scooterfan
14-04-12, 02:43 PM
Best: James Mckeown. Goalie. Kept us in games, made us some good saves, but has been a bit rubbish at times.
Liam Hearn. Striker. 27 league goals. That is all.
Conor Townsend. Full-back. On loan for Hull (boo!) really good signing. Lots of pace, gets forward.

Worst: Lee Ridly. Full-back. Paid off and gone. Rubbish.
Darran Kempson. CB. Just hoofed the ball, not a good passer. Paid off and now at Alfreton I think.
The whole centre midfield. I have never seen a good central midfield in all of my time of supporting Grimsby. This trend continues.


Up the Mariners!

Paul Groves, Gary Childs and John Oster used to do a decent job for you back in the day.

merkezekrem
14-04-12, 02:52 PM
Best: Elmander
2nd: Selçuk Inan
3rd Muslera
4th: Ebue
5th: Melo

Fiestita
15-04-12, 09:32 PM
But Saviola was, with the same manager, maybe the best player two seasons ago! Jesus couldnt just "unlearn" how to use him. The question is that the inclusion of Witsel in the midfield excluded one of the forwards, and now Benfica plays in a 4-5-1, rather than a 4-4-2, and Saviola has no place in the team as he is a perfect second striker but a bad lonely one.

Agree, Saviola always performed better in offensive tactics with many attacking mates, he's not situable for today's 4-5-1 fashion

Fods
16-04-12, 12:54 AM
United

Best: Carrick, Scholes, Valencia and Evans (When Vidic returns I think Id prefer an Evans/Vidic partnership. Welbeck has improved and done well considering but he doesn't quite seem to fit for me, works hard though.
Worst: De Gea struggled but has made some crackign saves lately. Id have to go Anderson when he has played and Nani has struggled to impose himself

Its hard to pick worst players when your team is sat top of the league

Psmith
16-04-12, 01:44 PM
Agree, Saviola always performed better in offensive tactics with many attacking mates, he's not situable for today's 4-5-1 fashion

Jesus used two strikers many times, specially when Aimar couldn't play, and that would've been a good opportunity to give Saviola more minutes!

I disagree a bit on the 4x5x1, I think our manager played a ludicrous 5-0-5 formation most of the time, he disappointed me a lot this year...

BeezerCeltic1967
16-04-12, 05:20 PM
United
Its hard to pick worst players when your team is sat top of the league

says more about the league than anything else.

brieno
04-01-14, 02:05 AM
I like to watch the Premier League. In my eyes. I think Suarez is the best football player. Although his ups and downs a little big. But still acceptable.
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Romano.338
07-01-17, 08:07 PM
Sorry, old topic, but it's a shame 'cause it's an interesting one!

So for Marseille, disappointing one have been IMO:
- Lass Diarra: although we kind of knew it. He wanted to leave, couldn't, and now he doesn't want to play. He lies to skip games and training. The little he plays, he's awful.
- Henri Bedimo: the left back was good with Lyon, despite a lot of injuries. In Marseille he's been injured, but also subpar when he played. Been a huge issue for a long time, now he doesn't play (well, he's injured).
- Remy Cabella: I mean, we can expect better, although we know he's no crack. He's been a ghost to far. He keeps the ball way too much and shies away from the game.

The ones who held their rank:
- Florian Thauvin: sometimes too personal, but he's been quite brilliant. Goals, assists, tons of effort. Without him Marseille can't really score.
- Bafetimbi Gomis: ok so I don't really like him, and he isn't a good striker I'd like to see in the future. He misses A LOT, has no instinct and can't move. But he scored quite a lot of goals, so we can't say he's been terrible.
- Maxime Lopez: no pro games before the season, now a starter that nobody wants to see miss a game. He's been brilliant, has shown a great level for at 19, with a very team oriented profile.

I wouldn't say the rest has been really good. I mean, Vainqueur, Sakai and a couple others have done better toward the end of the first half of the season, but not enough I'd say. Others have been bad but I've never expected anything from them so they aren't "disappointing".

wato20
10-01-17, 02:31 PM
Blades - Everyone is fucking class!!

Spurs - Again, everyone has played well... Except Sissoko. I could have told Levy n Poch that though..

Redknapp69
10-01-17, 03:03 PM
Blades - Everyone is fucking class!!

Spurs - Again, everyone has played well... Except Sissoko. I could have told Levy n Poch that though..


Janssen?!

Liverpool - Karius thrown in when Migno was doing ok has backfired. Milner slotting in at LB has to be a :hail:

Swans - Everyone bloody awful :pound:

AMC
10-01-17, 03:21 PM
Think you mean LB not RB red.

Psmith
10-01-17, 04:04 PM
This is a class thread.

Right, Benfica then:

BEST:

Grimaldo was absolutely brilliant at left-back until his injury. There were talks of a Juventus bid during the January transfer window, I'm delighted it wasn't confirmed. This kid is class.

Cervi. He is short, he is fast, he is a tricky left footed Argentinian attacking midfielder. Almost a cliché.

Semedo This kid has turned into something really special. He will probably be gone in the Summer for an obscene amount of money.


WORST:

I'll have to say Luisão, the age is finally showing for the big lad. He was directly responsible for at least three goals and our unexpected defeat at Maritimo.

Mark
10-01-17, 04:51 PM
Shaqiri, Bojan and Imbula. Far too inconsistent and not enough influence in games either.

troza
10-01-17, 05:54 PM
This is a class thread.

Right, Benfica then:

BEST:

Grimaldo was absolutely brilliant at left-back until his injury. There were talks of a Juventus bid during the January transfer window, I'm delighted it wasn't confirmed. This kid is class.

Cervi. He is short, he is fast, he is a tricky left footed Argentinian attacking midfielder. Almost a cliché.

Semedo This kid has turned into something really special. He will probably be gone in the Summer for an obscene amount of money.


WORST:

I'll have to say Luisão, the age is finally showing for the big lad. He was directly responsible for at least three goals and our unexpected defeat at Maritimo.


I still don't understand why people are jumping on Luisão that fast. I still think that Luisão is better than Lisandro... but I do miss Jardel.

For Benfica we have lots of players playing well... but Pizzi, Nelson Semedo and Fejsa are the more regular and have been important.

The worst... I can't really say anyone has been horrible but Lisandro, Carrillo and Samaris due to expectations. Ok, I must admit that I don't have many for Lisandro but I have for the other 2.

Psmith
10-01-17, 07:06 PM
I still don't understand why people are jumping on Luisão that fast. I still think that Luisão is better than Lisandro... but I do miss Jardel.

For Benfica we have lots of players playing well... but Pizzi, Nelson Semedo and Fejsa are the more regular and have been important.

The worst... I can't really say anyone has been horrible but Lisandro, Carrillo and Samaris due to expectations. Ok, I must admit that I don't have many for Lisandro but I have for the other 2.

Completely forgot to mention Carrillo as a definite disappointment.

Regarding Luisão, he is a hero for me (I'll never forget that header to give us the title in 2005 and end 11 years of misery), but this year it is clear that he just can't cope with one on one situations any more. We should be playing with Jardel and Lindelof.

I agree that Fejsa and Pizzi have been outstanding... and Ederson of course.

If we have a bit of luck with the draw I wouldn't be that surprised that this is the season we reach another Champions League final. :D

hodgy
13-01-17, 02:20 PM
Best

Ben Gibson - last year in the Championship he was arguably our weak link at the back, solid enough most of the time but awful distribution marred his game and he was massively outshone by the likes of Ayala around him. My word he must have put in a mighty pre-season though, he's took the term "stepped up" to another level. An absolute rock with much improved ball play, Chelsea have every right to be interested in him. Very rarely do 20 consecutive outstanding performances in the PL turn out to be just a purple patch.

Adam Forshaw - much like the above, he's stepped up way more than he had any right to. Couldn't even get in the team last year due to the brilliant Clayton-Leadbitter duo in the midfield. Leadbitter's career is winding down though and was out for most of the first half of the season with a hernia so Forshaw was afforded his chance and boy has he taken it. Started every game but one and quite deservedly gets praise from the pundits every week.

Gaston Ramírez - quite simply he's our maestro. It's not really clear why he never hit it off at Southampton or Hull, he's got all the ability in the world. Yes he's a hot head and is a walking yellow card but his attitude is decent enough on the pitch, more than prepared to put himself about. Whenever he's out of the team (like this weekend) I worry a bit for our creativity and feel our chances of winning drop significantly.

Worst

I'm hesitant to put anyone in here really. We're newly promoted and four points clear of the relegation places at half-way. I'm a realist and what more can be expected? You can't get promoted and instantly compete with all the millions overnight. We have a good plan in place and I feel just surviving this year will be the catalyst to push forward. A few of the players haven't contributed much at all but that's more down to not getting a chance. But you can't blame anyone for that either, it's just the way it is.

Dermotron
16-01-17, 10:46 AM
Downing must be a disappointment after last season? Seems to be one of those that's a top Championship/poor Premier League player these days

troza
19-01-17, 12:13 PM
Completely forgot to mention Carrillo as a definite disappointment.

Regarding Luisão, he is a hero for me (I'll never forget that header to give us the title in 2005 and end 11 years of misery), but this year it is clear that he just can't cope with one on one situations any more. We should be playing with Jardel and Lindelof.

I agree that Fejsa and Pizzi have been outstanding... and Ederson of course.

If we have a bit of luck with the draw I wouldn't be that surprised that this is the season we reach another Champions League final. :D

Agreed with that. But the coach isn't Fernando Santos so don't count on a champion's league final... although that would be awesome... to see Benfica win the UCL for the third time is a dream!