Player Focus: Rickie Lambert (Southampton)

Rickie Lambert Position: Centre-forward; Born: Kirkby, February 1982 (age 32); Club: Southampton (2009-present); Former: Bristol Rovers (2006-2009), Rochdale (2005-2006), Stockport County (2002-2005), Macclesfield Town (2001-2002), Blackpool (1998-2000); International: England (4 caps, 2 goals), 2014 Premier League Statistics: 31(6) games, 13 goals, 10 assists, Estimated Value: £4.4m Few journeys to this summer’s World Cup can be considered as remarkable as that of Southampton’s Rickie Lambert, whom…

Liverpool Season 2013-14 Round-Up

The return of the Liverpool squad to Melwood at the beginning of July 2013 was particularly notable for the absence of Jamie Carragher for the first time in nearly two decades – having made 737 appearances for the Reds, winning two FA Cups and a European Cup amongst a haul of eleven senior honours, his…

Player Focus: Mehdi Benatia (A.S. Roma)

Medhi Benatia Position: Centre-back; Born: Courcouronnes, France, April 1987 (age 27); Club: AS Roma (2013-present); Former: Marseille (2003-2008), Tours – loan (2006-2007), Lorient – loan (2007-2008), Clermont (2008-2010), Udinese (2010-2013); International: Morocco (31 caps, 1 goal) 2013-14 Serie A Statistics: 32(1) games, 5 goals; Estimated Value: £20-25m When asked ‘who’s heard of Benatia?’ many fans will…

Player Focus: Mario Gómez (ACF Fiorentina)

Mario Gómez Position: Centre-forward; Born: Riedlingen, July 1985 (age 28); Club: ACF Fiorentina (2013-present); Former: Bayern Munich (2009-2013), VfB Stuttgart (2003-2009); International: Germany (59 caps, 25 goal), 2014 Serie A Statistics: 5(4) games, 3 goals, 1 assists, Estimated Value: €18-22m Rewind two years and Mario Gómez was undoubtedly one of the brightest talents in German and European football – the forward…

Player Focus: Senad Lulić (S.S. Lazio)

Senad Lulić Position: Left-midfield, Left-back, Left-wing; Born: Mostar, January 1986 (age 28); Club: S.S. Lazio (2011-present); Former: Young Boys (2010-2011), Grasshopper (2008-2010), Bellinzona (2006-2008), Chur 97 (2003-2006); International: Bosnia & Herzigovina (33 caps, 1 goal), 2014 Serie A Statistics: 28 games, 6 goals, 3 assists, Estimated Value: €10-15m Versatile and effective anywhere on the left-flank,…