Tuesday, 8 February 2011

West Brom player ratings

Hart No mistakes, and some very good saves too. Too early to say if he's come out of his mid-season dip but this was an important step. 7

Boateng Back at right-back, where he was defensively comfortable, and he got forward well but he's just not brisk enough to have the impact in the final third that Kolarov does. 6

Kolo Touré An easy enough match for him, in defensive terms. Used the ball well, which he does do when things are easy - completing 47 from 52 attempted passes. 7

Kompany Showed how helpful he can be to the attack when he is comfortable in doing so. Comfortable stepping up beyond the half way line, and it was his forward run that led to Tévez's second goal. Defensively safe, too. 7

Zabaleta Back at left back, where he was predictably sturdy. Not much going forward, perhaps because of Kolarov's position just in front of him. 6

Milner Employed in a slightly different role: alongside Gareth Barry in a 4-2-3-1 set-up. He didn't have much of the de Jong work to do, but he was tidy on the ball and lively off it, which is as much as we could have asked for, really. 6

Barry Like Milner, little defensive work to do but he saw a lot of the ball. 42 from 50 passes made, nothing too incisive. Decent afternoon out. 6

Silva So good to have him back - this was his best game since the 4-0 Christmas win over Aston Villa. His movement into spaces, his control and use of the ball were excellent. It was a perfectly imagined and executed pass to Carlitos for the second goal: one of 49 successful passes from 51 attempted. 8

Yaya Touré Not really his game: he's a counter-attacker, and West Brom were generally too deep for him to have space to charge into. Passed the ball well enough, but only won one of six aerial challenges (using him as a target for Joe Hart's kicking is the plan, I think). Came off after an hour - not sure he's recovered from his sore throat. 6

Kolarov Deployed on the left of midfield, a smart move to provide some much-needed width and pace into our attacking play. It was his run forward that won our first penalty, and he was useful and dangerous throughout - having a 35-yard shot tipped onto the bar later on. Barely even ventured into our half, which was heartening in its own way. 7

Tévez Scored goals number eight, nine and ten since his December strop, which is strikingly focussed given what an ugly little incident it was. He even scored two excellent penalties, which was nice after his misses against Blackpool and Leicester City. His record from the spot is now 8/10, which looks much better than 6/8. When he doesn't just hit it down the middle he takes them well. (I don't want to turn my nose too far up at his penalties, if only because we were so spoilt by the perfection of 10/10 Elano). His other goal was excellent too, moving fiercely between the lines and finishing well. 8

Subs:

DžekoMancini gave him half an hour, where he looked understandably keen to score. As Michael Cox pointed out, he took as many shots as he made passes. 6

SWP He's back! One thrilling run across the whole pitch nearly ended in one of those school-yard goals he used to specialise in. n/a

Razzak I hadn't heard of him. Did some stepovers. n/a

1 comment:

joseph burrell said...

very nice analysis of the players, and I as a pay per head agent I have followed several several those players that you rated and I have to say Kolo Touré is a very regular and constant player