Tuesday, 11 May 2010


                                         REPORT CARD

Just thought I would go over each player and give you my views on their performance over the season, here goes.

2- GLEN JOHNSON- I think he's done ok for his first season, had a few injuries which has disrupted his season,  good going forward, but don't think he's very good at defending I would rather see him playing right side of midfield with a natural defender playing behind him.

4-ALBERTO AQUALANI-  Came over injured and with a massive price tag, big expectations to fill Alonso's boots.  Don't think he's been given many chances when he eventually became fit, don't know if Rafa fancies him or not,  I think he's got better with each game he's played, good passer and likes to get forward.  I hope he's still here next season as I think he could be a good player for us.

5-DANIEL AGGER-  Been troubled with injuries earlier in the season, but when he's had a run in the team he's played well,  recently had to play like a left back because of injuries and has played well, very good passer from the back, reads the game well, a bit suspect in the air, had a good season considering, think he will be a regular next season.

8-STEVEN GERRARD- Worst season he's had for us hence the poor season we've had, to be fair he's had injuries as well and I think he's played hurt, not many goals either,  very poor season I wonder if he's lost faith in Rafa.  I hope he's still here next season, but I have my doubts.

9-FERNANDO TORRES- Another wretched season with injuries, and he's played hurt as well for most of the time. scored a lot of goals considering how much he's missed , just a class act. Hope he stays but a lot of transfer speculation, needs to stay injury free next season.

11-ALBERT RIERA- Big disappointment, injured alot, never goes by a defender rarely puts quality balls in, doesn't track back. I think he'll be away in the summer.

12-FABIO AURELIO- Another that seems prone to injuries he's missed most of the season. I think he could be a great player for us if he stays fit, but again disappointing season.

15-YOSSI BENAYOUN- Had a great end to last season and was playing well at the start of this season but then he got injured and never featured again for a long time not sure why because I think he's one of our best players. Played well at the end of the season. Talk about him going in the summer but I hope he stays.

16-SOTIRIOS KYRGIAKOS- Brought in as back up but has played more than expected due to injuries, one of our best players, defended very well and hasn't put a foot wrong, strong tackler and very good in the air. Could feature a lot next year.

18-DIRK KUYT- Personally I just can't fault him, anybody that gives 110 % every game in my book is hard to fault. Big player for us due to his workrate. Sure he will be a big player again next year.

19- RYAN BABEL- Flattered to decieve when played, so much ability but just didn't deliver only flashes from him, didn't get too many opportunities though. Would still like to see him play more next season.

20-JAVIER MASCHERANO- Bad start to the season with all the transfer speculation, but really played well the rest of the season even deputising at right back superbly. Big player next year.

21-LUCAS- Much maligned but really has been one of our most improved players. game time next season will depend on who we bring in.

22-EMILIANO INSUA- Played about every game until injury kept him out the rest of the season, tough season for him had some good games but given a torrid time in others, young and still learning. I don't think he'll start as many games next season.

23-JAMIE CARRAGHER- Tough start to the season but once again one of our best players. Such a big player for us and will be again next year.

24-DAVID N'GOG- Flung in at the deep end deputising for Torres and did a decent job and scored a few goals, still young and learning, might not feature as much next season.

25-PEPE REINA- Just gets better and better superb season and had to with all our problems, easily player of the year.  Great to see him sign new contract and will be massive again next year.

26-JAY SPEARING- I thought he done well in his rare chances before being loaned out to Leicester it will give hiom good experience. I hope he features next year looks a prospect but not sure that he will get many chances.

27-PHILLIP DEGEN- Not many opportunities but when I saw him I thought he looked good going forward but never featured much. Don't think he'll feature much with Johnson there next season.

28- DAMIEN PLESSIS-Another youngster just given a few opportunities, but if he keeps progressing we might see more of him.

31-NABIL EL ZHAR- Mostly a sub this year and not given much game time but Rafa must like him having him come off the bench in so many games, chances next season depends on who we bring in.

32-STEPHEN DARBY- Another youngster trying to break in to the first team and good to see him, I think he looks a prospect, might see more of him next season.

34-MARTIN KELLY- Just getting a chance in the first team and looked good and then unlucky to pick up injury, the future looks bright though, great prospect.

37-MARTIN SKRTEL- I thought he was playing really well until he got injured, really strong performances unfortunate. I think he will be a regular next season.

40-DANIEL AYALA- Just had a few opportunities but started away at Burnley the other week and looked a regular very impressed, I think we'll see more of him.

47-DANIEL PACHECO- Looks the brightest prospect out of all the youngster, only had a few cameo appearances this season but really good prospect and I think we'll be seeing a lot more next year.

thanks for reading, lets look to the future.



  1. Very well written, and I completely agree. :) Great post as always, quality. :)

  2. if you look at the first eleven i genuinely believe we still have a potential title winning team our main problem has been injuries torres,gerrard,agger,skrtel,aqualani,bennayoun,
    johnson all have missed large parts if not most of the season any team would suffer with that amount also with aqualani i beleive he will play a huge part next season as i compare him with how lucas was bedded in last season.

  3. Ironically I think there were at least 9 players on your list, mostly starters that had injury problems throughout the season.

    Considering that they did pretty well this season. Now they need some better players to come off the bench and that will go up even if the same were to occur

  4. make that 11 injuries

  5. Fun Article, thanks for spending the time to give a break down of how you thought each player performed, it is like having a road map.

  6. Injuries! *shakes fist at sky*

    Gotta agree with most of your assessments, now that this horrid season is finally over we can look towards a brighter future.

  7. I think Soto made a good impact with some critical interventions. Can't believe the rnuours that Aqua is up for sale

  8. Cant really disagree with what you've said at all. I have to feel that Riera will be gone next season after his anti-establishment outburst and i think Nabil el-zhar should leave cause i cant see him breaking into the first team and for the sake of his career he needs to play. El-Zhar looks younger than he actually is so i think a lot of fans think his a youth player but he isnt. Stevie has to make his mind up cause he looked very disenchanted last season and rarely gave the performances that we're used to from the captain. Pepe Reina is "!" what more can i add to that.