Three Up, Three Down – 6/4 to 13/4

15 04 2009

threeupthreedownAdmittedly belated, but the Easter weekend meant one extra day of games to evaluate. As with last week, Federico Macheda is making all the headlines.

Three Up

1. Federico Macheda, Manchester United
When you’re scoring goals in the Premier League, you’re doing well. When your goals are earning crucial points towards trophies, there’s something very special. Man Utd have a new goalscoring hero in 17 year-old Italian Macheda, who on Saturday came off the bench to score with his first touch in fewer than sixty seconds on the pitch. Whether or not he meant to touch Michael Carrick’s shot past Craig Gordon will be debated, but it’s his goal, and really, his month.

2. Robbie Mak, Alex Nimely-Tchuimeni, and Kieran Trippier (all Manchester City)
To seperate the impact these three had on City’s run to fourth place in the Dallas Cup would be unfair on whichever one was to miss out on a place here. They were the key components in a thrilling group stage in which they won all three games, including a crushing of AC Milan, and fell to a tough penalty shootout to deny them their glory. Mak and Nimely found the scoresheet regularly, and Trippier lead by example as captain with performances of the highest calibre at both ends.

3. Jonathan Obika, Yeovil Town (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Obika extended his stay at Yeovil last week and responded to remaining at Huish Park until the end of the season with another goal in a crucial 2-0 win. He couldn’t follow it up with another at Cheltenham on Monday, and so Terry Skiverton’s team still faces relegation tension, but with Obika, they’ll have goals in their team.

Three Down

1. Jeffrey Bruma, Chelsea
Bruma is arguably Chelsea’s brightest defensive prospect but the last ten days haven’t been kind to him. He made a major mistake in the Reserve game against Fulham which gifted a goal to Erik Nevland, and wasn’t entirely impressive in that outing. On the following tour to Dusseldorf the Blues lost three and drew one of their four matches, and with Bruma being a part of that squad, it’s not been a good week,

2. Sam Hewson, Hereford United (on loan from Manchester United)
Sam’s injured, so this is two-fold. One, he has to watch from the sidelines as Hereford are on the verge of relegation, and two, his development is really dwindling at a crucial time for him. He was once perhaps United’s best midfield prospect, but after a tough spell and unfortunate luck at Hereford, time may be beginning to running out on him a bit.

3. Daniel Welbeck, Manchester United
Macheda’s gain is Welbeck’s frustration. For much of the season, it’s been Daniel who has made the headlines, scoring two fabulous goals and being a regular name on the subs bench and in lesser competitions. He’s even pushed onto the England Under-21 scene. However, the last ten days have seen Macheda become the hot name on everyone’s lips, and he has taken Welbeck’s place on the bench, and on the plane to Porto for a vital Champions League tie. Welbeck’s still a quite breathtaking prospect, but in the last week or so, he has to be cursing his own luck ever so slightly.

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