Weekend Watch: Swansea have got the best of Britton
It was a privilege to be at Swansea on Sunday – the whole place is buzzing and they are showing what a community club can achieve. All of their outfield players on Sunday have played in the Championship or lower. But they are not afraid to play their football and two players key to it are Joe Allen and Leon Britton. They want the ball, they keep it and they outplayed Aaron Ramsey.
Great Britton: Leon ran the show for Swansea
Arsenal have lost six away games this season and have the worst goals against record on their travels in the division. Swansea devoured Johan Djourou and Per Mertesacker with sharp passing and movement. Robin van Persie now has 20 goals in 20 away games in the Barclays Premier League. But so much of his brilliant work is allowed to go to waste.
Playing for Kean
Throughout Blackburn’s problems this season, they have been able to rely on Christopher Samba, who is a menace in both areas. He was
absent through sickness when they played Fulham, they lost their top scorer Yakubu early in the game and played with 10 men, but won 3-1. They were a group of players playing for their manager. Three words for Steve Kean: well done, fella.
Kean to impress: Blackburn played for their boss
A feast for Steven
I watched Wolves’ Steven Fletcher closely on Saturday at Tottenham; his touch, his movement, his work rate. Aged 24, he still has time to improve but he has nine goals in 17 Premier League appearances this season. He played alone up front at Arsenal and Spurs and scored
in both games. I wonder how long it will be before a bigger club notice. He can go all the way.
Morison's a good deal
I love to see a player coming into the Premier League and seizing his chance. I’ve already written about Grant Holt this season, but his
partner Steve Morison (undisclosed fee from Millwall) also deserves attention. Holt and Morison are a handful. Norwich have scored 13 headed goals this season and Morison’s personal total now stands at nine goals.
Head for heights: Norwich's Steve Morison
Think before you leap
You might not have heard of Ravel Morrison, aged 18, but when I was at a function for Sportsmail’s Jeff Powell with Sir Alex Ferguson, he described the precocious midfielder as ‘the best I have seen at that age’. Now it seems he wants to leave. Is he getting the right advice If he wants to leave for money, I urge patience. The only way is down for him from Manchester United.
Good move, Gibson
Conversely, Darron Gibson has to be admired for recognising his chances at United are now limited. Gibson is 24, he has done his time, played 31 Premier League games and been around the first team for long enough to accept he won’t get a regular game. He has chosen a good club to move to and, at Everton, he gets to work for David Moyes. It is a good deal all round.
Point to prove: Darron Gibson
Valley of kings
An impressive win for Charlton at Sheffield Wednesday and they have won more points than anyone else in England. Manager Chris Powell has turned the club around, brought in players skilled at carrying out his instructions and they are hurtling back to the Championship. Johnnie Jackson has nine goals from left midfield and looks ready for the higher league.