Who’s kicked on in 08/09? Here’s who…
10. Alex Song (Arsenal)
Not so long ago, many Gooners wondered what Arsene Wenger saw in the young Cameroonian midfielder. But after a string of impressive performances in the second half of this season, Song has leapfrogged Denilson and Abou Diaby in the contest to be Cesc Fabregas’ midfield partner. I’m not sure he’ll ever be as good as the likes of Michael Essien, but at 21, there’s certainly a lot more room for improvement.
9. Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
We all know Deuce has the talent to play at the highest level -Â the 2006 World Cup proved that. But he’s a confidence player, and until the arrival of Roy Hodgson at Craven Cottage, Dempsey appeared to lack confidence and self-belief. Not now. Thanks to the backing of Hodgson, who was unsure about the American at first but has since realised how good he is, Deuce has come into his own this season, and has been one of Fulham’s best players.
8. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Spurs)
If you’d have asked me this time last year if Benny would still be at Spurs, I’d have said “No way.” After some dodgy performances