Player Focus: Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina)

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Position: Wide-forward, wing-back, attacking midfield; Born: Necocli, Colombia; May 1988 (age 26) Club: Fiorentina (2012-present); Former: Independiente Medellin (2008-09), Udinese (2009-12), Lecce – loan (2011-12); International: Colombia (31 caps 5 Goals) 2013-14 Serie A Stats: 31(1) apps, 11 Goals, 5 assists; As arguably Serie A’s finest wide-player last season, the slick moving Juan Cuadrado’s…

New Signing: Rickie Lambert

Liverpool announced the signing of Scouse centre-forward Rickie Lambert from Southampton on Monday, for a reported £4m.  Released by his hometown club as a fifteen year-old in 2000, Lambert has scored goals thoughout the Football League and in the Premier League on his journey from Macclesfield Town to the 2014 World Cup – via spells…

Player Focus: Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Adam Lallana Position: Attacking-midfield; Born: St. Albans, England, May 1988 (age 26); Club: Southampton (2000-present); Former: Bournemouth – loan (2007); International: England (4 caps) 2013-14 Premier League Statistics: 37(1) games, 9 goals, 6 assists; Estimated Value: £25m Adam Lallana has arguably emerged as Liverpool’s transfer priority during recent weeks – that the Reds, who’s attacking unit was insatiable much…

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…

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,…