Football FanCast columnist Adam Daley continues
his investigation into the Premier League team of the season by focusing on the
right side of midfield.
Often holding the power to change a
game, the right midfielder is a deadly tool in a football team's weaponry. In
this review I will reveal some of the best right midfielders in the Premier
League this season. Below are my three nominees for Right Midfielder of the
Even the fiercest Manchester United
rivals can't deny Ronaldo's footballing genius. Last season he was beyond
immense as he gorged on a 40 odd goal scoring binge for United. This season he
has been slightly more modest as he sits alongside Anelka with a mere 18
Premier League goals. The very fact that Ronaldo can be joint top of the goal
scoring charts on an average season just about says it all.
This season, despite starting it with
an injury, he's mostly been his usual tricky self. One particular highlight
would be the 40 yard strike he scored against Porto that he named the best goal
he has ever scored. Otherwise his speed, ball skill, strength, heading ability,
free kick taking expertise etc have all been intact (though his driving skills have waned a little). As a right
midfielder he has been a constant threat, so much so that any left backs that
have actually managed to stop him received a fair amount of praise for it. He
is the PFA's choice for right midfielder of the year, and to be honest it is
difficult to argue.
He struggled a little last season
under Ramos, but under Redknapp there has been no stopping him. This year he
was nominated for young player of the year and won the PFA fan's player of the
month award for March. He has also managed to break back into the England squad
after being recalled by Capello in early 2009.
Lennon is very much an attacking right
midfielder, who particularly specialises in directness and has a fair few
tricks up his sleeve. Despite being the smallest player in the Premier League
at 5 foot 5, what he lacks in height he defiantly makes up for in speed. Just
ask Patrice Evra who couldn't keep up with him in the Carling Cup final.
Lennon's football is if anything pleasing to the eye and it's this energetic
tenacity that he has been in abundance of this season that has earned him a
spot amongst the top three right midfielders.
Though he is naturally a striker, Kuyt
has been employed as a right winger by Benitez for the majority of the 2008/09
season to make way for Torres. Rather than complain about it Kuyt has knuckled
down and thoroughly made the position his home. As a result he has put in a
number of excellent performances and has been a real asset for Liverpool on the
right. Manager Benitez has gone far enough to say that Kuyt has had his best
ever season and is almost guaranteed to be one of the first names on the team
Kuyt's style of play can pretty much
be summed up by Benitez's nickname for him: Mr Duracell. Kuyt has an incredible
amount of stamina and is one of the hardest working players in the Premier
League. He is not one of the most skilful or technically talented footballers,
but he more than makes up for it with his tireless effort; particularly so this
season. He's also shown this season that he is player who can pop up exactly
when you need him. Of his 11 goals, a good number of them have been in vital
situations in big games. Kuyt has played a massive role in Liverpool's title
bid and strongly deserves his place amongst the top three right midfielders.