This thought springs from a comment Tony Gilroy made at Friends of Fulham. It really is a team game, so most praise and criticism of individuals needs to be seen within that context.
Remember Juventus? Our midfield that day: Duff-Baird-Etuhu-Davies
There was a game at Spurs a couple of years ago. Hangeland was ill at the last minute, so Chris Baird (pre-Bairdinho) stepped in at centre-back. No worries; 0-0 (and £45 for me, £5 at 9-1).
Look at Manchester United, who will win the league despite playing teams like: vds, O’Shea, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Fletcher, Scholes, Gibson, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez (and Berbatov – the league’s top scorer). That’s a team at work there.
Teamwork is the missing link; it’s what Hodgson’s coaching gave the team and allowed it to over-achieve. It’s what occasionally seems to be lacking in Hughes’ less rigid approach (although we must always remember that Hodgson wasn’t great without Zamora either).
Which players in the Fulham side have the magic mojo to make those around them better? Which are important players but who don’t necessarily raise the game of others?