A look at a couple more players for whom the current season might be of extra significance.
It’s a big season for….. Sandro.
Everyone loves the non-stop source of fun that is Sandro. The archetypal box-to-box player, he plays like he wishes he could be box-to-box-to-box-to-box-to-box if possible, why stop at two? His energy and dynamism aren’t in doubt; if he could add some composure in the last third we’d have a truly formidable player on our hands. The mouth waters at the partnerships he’ll form with Paulinho and Dembélé.
What’s the point of all that oomph though if it’s stuck on the physio’s couch all season? Whilst he may not be drinking in the same last chance saloon as Younes Kaboul he’s surely having a swift half in the one up the road. Sandro has started just 64 league games since he joined in 2010 which is very por. He’s got to prove that he’s reliable not least because there’s a World Cup coming in his own country.
At 24 he still has time on his side but were he to spend another large part of the season watching from the sidelines, he might find some people’s patience starting to wear thin.
It’s a big season for….. Jake Livermore.
Our Jake appears to have been around for ages but this is only his third season in the first team squad. A child of Redknapp, one gets the impression that he’s more the product of hard work than raw talent, there must be some in there though for him to have got this far. Hard work shouldn’t be scoffed at but how much further it’ll get him at the club with the likes of Dembélé, Sandro, Paulinho, Parker and possibly Capoue ahead of him is another thing even though he seems to be always fit, which is a huge bonus it has to be said.
Having spent his time in the south of France a couple of weekends ago alongside Fryers battling with Falcao he may feel that reinventing himself as a defender might be a painful prospect no matter how many more doors it might open up, so what’s he to do? Do what he has been doing, i.e. keeping his head down, following orders and doing his best is probably the right answer. If the players ahead of him do well and stay fit then it’ll be the Europa League for him. It’s only if things aren’t going so well that he’ll get some meaningful domestic action.
It’s up to him whether he thinks this is enough, one gets the feeling though that it’s unlikely he’ll be here this time next year.
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