Mid Season Player Review

Last updated : 09 January 2007 By Danny Brown and Shane Tierneys


DB: His erratic start at the Reebok stadium, seems to be Robbo's season in a nutshell. He seems to belong in the World Cup hangover group of players a'la Gerrard, Lampard, Shevchenko and Henry.

Blessed with outstanding point blank reflexes, he still seems strangely shaky at dealing with long distance attempts and at coming for crosses.

Another concern is his fluctuating waistline, which seems to adversley affect his agility.

On the plus side however he seems to be edging back nearer his best, and on his day is still one of the best in the world.

ST: On his day one of the best keepers in the world.

He seems to struggle a bit with crosses and under the high ball into the box.

His game improves dramatically when Ledley is playing in front of him. Confidence took a knock after the Macedonia game but nobody doubts he will be back at his best soon.


DB: After a protracted transfer saga which many of us thought may not be worth it, Chimbo has proved a gem and has made the right back slot his very own.

For a full back he has the whole package. In terms of going forward he is our version of the maestro Cafu, whilst defensively he is rock solid and unlike ''misdemeanour'' Stalteri his concentration is first class. Also with his outstanding aerial ability he provides an outlet and threat from dead ball situations.

His only drawback is his appetite for a ruck, as witnessed on several occasions.

My Player of the season so far.

ST: A full back we can rely upon is a novelty at WHL. Finally, we seem to have found one! Strong in the tackle, capable in the air and has the pace to cope with any threat down that flank.

Would like to see him make more runs to the bye-line but this will come when he gets playing with the "Boy Wonder" on a more regular basis.


DB: Star signing from St Etienne. The General looked more like a Corporal at first, saving his commanding performances for the UEFA Cup. After taking time to bed in he now looks a quality acquisition, a midfield player who ticks every box.

The only issue is to find him a regular partner at the heart of our midfield, as he seems to be more than just the sitting player that many of us presumed. At times he has provided the heartbeat of our team and he has more than filled the gap that Carrick's departure created.

ST: He came to the Lane with a big reputation in the summer. So far we have only seen glimpses of the real Zokora. Another who has yet to adapt to the pace of English football.

He can make some amazing runs forward but needs to start producing something at the end of them. He also gets stuck in without fear.

Can be guilty of dwelling on the ball and has cost us a few points this season but will come good.


DB: The ''Pitbull'' has had limited playing time this season. As age seems to be catching up, Edgar's once renowned dynamism seems to have all but vanished. Never lacking in effort his form since the tail end of last season has been nothing more than average, his passing more than anything has been noticeably bad.

Edgar comes in to his own in the big games, i.e Arsenal at Highbury last season, when his will to win and guile become more more apparent.

Still a massive part of the squad for his presence and experience alone, this seems to be his last season at the Lane.

ST: Waste of money and should be shown the door immediately! I have no idea what this has-been adds to the club.


DB: Again a frustrating stop/start season for TT. Just as he seems to get going injury strikes again. When he does play he seems to be something of a lucky talisman and seems to solve our midfield conundrum, as he can fill all 4 slots. An integral part of our first eleven, lets hope he can stay injury free.

ST: Darren Anderton's replacement. He seems to comeback from injury, play two games and be back on the treatment table again.

A decent squad player although doesn't show consistently that he deserves a place in the first 11.


DB: Form and then injury have kept him out of the team. Last season's crucial errors have made him many people's fall guy, and seem to weigh heavy on Jol's mind.

Nevertheless, a seasoned and experienced campaigner and an important squad member.

ST: Unbelievable that this guy has Champions League experience. Next to Lee the biggest liability at the club. Sell him to the Hammers!


DB: JJ remains somewhat of an enigma. Starring in Europe for us he has yet to set the Premiership alight. One day he's our most industrious player, the next he's having a Sunday stroll in the park.

After several appearances on the right wing, his best position remains central. But with recent injury and the emergence of The Hudd, JJ may well find himself the odd man out.

ST: A box to box player, Jermaine can be relied upon to give 100%. He can tackle, pass and score goals.

Maybe he hasn't scored as many as he could for the club so far but I honestly believe the team has been missing him in recent weeks especially away from home.

Possibly the best all round midfielder we have on our books at present. More to come!


DB: Like Zokora, he initially saved his class performances for Europe. Lately however these tasters have been savoured in the Premiership too.

With clinical finishing, ability and intelligent leadership of the line, Berby has commanded rave reviews. He has marked his position as our no. 1 striker, is style of play reminds me of a certain Mr Postiga funnily enough.

If he can perform away from home, expect him to have a Klinsmann like impact.

ST: A class act when in the mood. He seems to be developing a good understanding with Defoe and Keane, before he got injured.

This is possibly the best striker we have signed since Klinsmann.

Needs to stay in the game when things aren't going his way as his head seems to drop. Might also be a good to change his studs as he seems to slip a lot.

A player to bring trophies to the club.


DB: After seeing his dramatic weight loss, it seems that the big Egyptian has lost his footballing ability too. Playing like a poor man's Emile Heskey he has been a huge let down.

A brace against MK Dons proved he can still score goals but as 4th choice striker he needs to improve his body language, form and shooting in order to break through.

ST: Is this the same player who we had at the club on loan? He has lost the hair, the weight and unfortunately it seems his skill, touch and finish to go with it! The only contribution he has made this season is a goal against the spanners...hardly an achievement!