First of all thanks to everyone that voted in the last article, because this series couldn’t really work without your feedback.
Anyway today’s centre of attention will be on our right backs in recent years, which has admittedly given me a lot more options than the goalkeeper category did!
The last article was pretty much a landslide “victory” so it will be interesting to see who people decide to go for this time around. So without further ado, these are the nominees:
James Perch – When players join a club it is often expected that they will take a while to settle in (look at the likes of Gary Speed and Rob Lee), but Perch didn’t look like he ever would. He managed to amass five yellow cards in his first five games in the premier league, along with “fouls” in our penalty area that thankfully went unnoticed by the referee. Couple that with the fact that he scored an own goal, was at fault for the majority of the conceded goals before Simpson took over after eight games, and you have a worth nominee.
Stephen Carr– Another one of those players that finds success as soon as they leave the Toon, his future looked bright after a great goal against Southampton. However he never really looked comfortable on the field and was caught out of position regularly. Perhaps he was made to look better than he was when playing alongside the likes of Bramble and Babyaro.
Andy Griffin– Like Carr, Griffin kick-started his career with a great goal, this time against Juventus, however like Carr he was soon found out. He lacked any real pace or skill, and relied heavily on positioning but was accepted as a solid and decent full back, even earning an England U-21’s call up. However I can’t help but feel that like Carr, he was shown in a better light than he deserved thanks to being surrounded by a team of high flyers.
Ryan Taylor– Ryan’s strongest areas are set pieces, so it doesn’t help when you can’t take a corner to save your life, although he has scored a couple of free kicks. He likes to think of himself as an attacking player however he regularly neglects his defensive duties, while managing to do nothing spectacular further up the field. And although he has played in midfield as well this season, he also has played at right back, and hopefully that is not something we will have to see anymore!
Thanks for taking time to read, and please don’t hesitate to vote in the poll! But remember, it is premier league players only...