The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The modern footballing world likes to follow the labelling trend of the "defensive midfielder". The importance of those who sit in front of the defence as a protection is becoming increasingly apparent. I take a look at some of the top examples who prove that midfielders are just as important to a team's defence as the back four (note this is not a comparison - more of a look at how they contribute to their teams). Michael Carrick has had …
Lucas signs sew deal at Liverpool | 2012/13 Passing Stats game by game

Lucas signs sew deal at Liverpool | 2012/13 Passing Stats game by game

Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool, the club announced on their official website earlier this evening. The Brazilian midfielder, who has become a favourite with the club’s supporters over the last two seasons, has made 208 appearances for the Reds since he joined from Gremio in 2007. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="465"] Lucas Passing Stats 2012/13[/caption] After signing the extension to his current deal, Lucas told the website of his enjoyment during his time at Anfield. [quote]I …
Lucas the Lynchpin? Stats Compared to Rival Defensive Mids

Lucas the Lynchpin? Stats Compared to Rival Defensive Mids

Lucas Leiva is no stranger to criticism. Prior to winning the Standard Chartered Fans’ Player of the Year award for 2010–11, the Brazilian midfielder was far from a fans’ favourite, but as one of the few players to come out of Hodgson’s brief stint in charge with any credit, the days of Lucas as scapegoat are over. Or are they? Despite conceding fewer shots from the primary scoring zones than any other side in the league last season, suspicions remain …
How Far is Lucas from his best? | Stats Comparison

How Far is Lucas from his best? | Stats Comparison