I’ll preface by saying some of the players mentioned are not, nor will ever be susperstars. The intention is to highlight growth, at whatever level it comes.
sparked me to write this article when I mentioned him
yesterday. Having watched him since the age of about 18, he has done nothing but steadily improve. He plays football on a different level and should have consideration for world player of the year in the coming few.
Speaking of world player of the year, Theirry Henry
has not peaked and has shown me that he is the top striker in the world. He was my vote for world player of the year this year. His goals are more impressive every season and he can own a game.
Speaking of owning games, Adriano
looked like an NBA
player shooting baskets at goal against Porto
in their 2nd leg Champions League
matchup. His performance was a statement to his price tag of 70m
Euros, a price that makes most clubs look like dogs barking at a flying airplane.
Speaking of airplanes, I remember a moment during the 1998 World Cup
final after Brazilian Denilson
was introduced as a substitute where he started dancing with the ball around the box and a Spanish
commentator said (in reference to a Nike
ad running at the time with the Brazilian
national side) “your not in an airport, this is the World Cup
final”. Recall that at one time Denilson
was the most expensive player in the world, but this is not about him, as he has not panned out, it’s about another player which has incredibly quick feet who is giving product: Christiano Ronaldo
. He is getting better literally every week. He brought Manchester United
three points this week with a smashing goal. His footwork is improving also; he is making fewer mistakes and is showing an unmistakably improving nose for goal.
Speaking of goals and Manchester United
, hasn’t Wayne Rooney
been fantastic? His strikes on goal, ever accurate, are more confident. Rooney
, with a powerful shot, shows a lot of consideration for ball flight and restraint and because of that quality scores more goals. We have some serious future in Manchester
Future and Manchester
don’t just end at United
, Shaun Wright-Philips
, for Manchester City
could play for any club on the planet; and he’s so much fun to watch! Because of size, he often looks incapable of competing for the ball in a moment of play and amazes me with another example of cleverness. In attack, he’s so quick, and smart too, and unselfish, and his brother Bradley
is also a really good player. An anecdote, once I saw him injured and I thought ‘whoa, that’s his season’, but he got up a few minutes later. Then I heard that his father said, after it happened, ‘he’s fine, he’s bendy’. Ha ha, and it’s true, he is very flexible and I think that is one reason he can often score goals from nowhere.
The past of Manchester
rode off in Diego Forlan,
former Manchester United
striker, who is player excellent football in Spain
: in fourth place, and Forlan
is a large part of their +22 goal difference. I thought United
made a mistake to sell him, compared to the form of former Fullam
player Louis Saha
, I have a private 'one up' on Ferguson
Well, had to find some way to mention Fulham
, for I have been a big fan of Papa Bouba Diop
even since the 2002 World Cup
has been playing great recently, having dipped from his breakout performance in 2002. His emergence at Fulham
shows that his football brain has matured and he plays the game with patience along with natural instinct now. Yes, he still makes mistakes, too many, but if you notice careful, they are fewer and fewer, and his promise is why Fulham
manager Chris Coleman
smartly leaves him in.