Unsung Heroes are the focus this week in Fight FOUR It!

By Adam Barker. It was extremely quiet in the race for the title last weekend. Only Chelsea played a Premier League game against fifth placed Spurs. As a Spurs fan the less said about that game the better..........NO WAY was that a penalty! NO WAY!........anyway, Chelski went seven points clear at the top.

This is how the table looked at the week ending March 9, 2014.

#

Team

PL

GD

PTS

1

Chelsea

29

34

66

2

Liverpool

28

38

59

3

Arsenal

28

24

59

4

Man City

26

42

57

This week I wanted to talk about the unsung heroes in each team. These are the players who week in, week out play out of their skin for their team, yet never get the immediate recognition, like such as Suarez gets each game. These are the players who are always ever-present for their team but never ever-present in the media praise.

Branislav Ivanovic | Chelsea

The Serbian captain has been a key player for Chelsea for many seasons, yet he is never the first name to jump off the lips when you’re asked who’s a great Chelsea player. Ivanovic is the versatile defender that managers love to have in their team. He can play all across the backline and even in defensive midfield positions. At the age of 30, Ivanovic is still at the peak of his career. His passion and consistency is a great trait for a team that need concentration, consistency and heart in their solid defence.

Branislav Ivanovic chipped in with his best tally of eight goals in all competitions last season

Branislav Ivanovic chipped in with his best tally of eight goals in all competitions last season

Jordan Henderson | Liverpool

The youngster has blossomed this season for Liverpool. Since his arrival from Sunderland for £16 million he has had his critics, who’ve claimed he is not as good as that price tag. However this season he has put in some solid performances in the midfield, alongside Gerrard and Coutinho. Henderson is at an age where being in a team that is riding high can only build up his experience and confidence. He has scored some great goals already this season and is slowly beginning to show his worth for an already impressive Liverpool team this season.

Jordan Henderson was a late call-up to the England's Euro 2012 squad following an injury to Frank Lampard

Jordan Henderson was a late call-up to the England’s Euro 2012 squad following an injury to Frank Lampard

Wojciech Szczesny | Arsenal

It is quite hard to single out an unsung hero from a team like Arsenal this season, because they seem to have all put in consistently praiseworthy performances – from the likes of Ramsey to Giroud to Walcott. But their goalkeeper Szczesny has really been a silent winner for Wenger’s team this year. Szczesny has kept a commendable 12 clean sheets in the Premier League and made some game winning saves in a few games. With a defence, which in my personal opinion isn’t the strongest, it’s always great to have a keeper who you can depend on in key games. He has had his critics and will continue to do so, but this season he has quietly got on with his job and helped Arsenal on this rise.

Wojciech Szczesny had a loan spell at Brentford in 2009-10

Wojciech Szczesny had a loan spell at Brentford in 2009-10

Samir Nasri | Manchester City

With Man City’s constant rotational system of stars it’s hard to pick one player that has been an unsung hero, but in recent weeks one player has got more attention for suddenly stepping up and being the player that he was meant to be. Samir Nasri has hit a stride with Man City that he showed a glimpse of at Arsenal. Nasri has been hiding in the shadow of Da Silva in recent seasons at the Etihad, but now it seems Nasri has stepped out of the midfielder’s spotlight and begun to get recognition for his hard work, quick-thinking and skills that have helped him this season. With Man City, it’s always hard to pick out single players as they are a team of superstars, but Nasri doesn’t get enough praise. Judging by recent displays that will change very soon.

Samir Nasri made over 100 appearances for Marseille before signing for Arsenal in 2008 for around £12 million

Samir Nasri made over 100 appearances for Marseille before signing for Arsenal in 2008 for around £12 million

 

Do you agree with Adam’s choices? Is Ivanovic the real reason for Chelsea having the best defensive record in the league? Is Szczesny the real deal? And has Henderson now done enough to prove his worth for club and country?
Until next week….

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