SER Opinion: Top 5 Most Underrated Players in the EPL

The top 5 most overrated players list caused debate and controversy amongst readers, which is what SER Opinion’s are meant to do. Jordon now looks over the other side of the argument, the top 5 most underrated players in the English Premier League.

1. Luka Modric (Tottenham and Croatia)

What a classy player. A brilliant range of Xavi Hernandez-esque quality and a real play maker for Tottenham. Not only that, he has an eye for goal as well. His performances have perhaps been overshadowed by Defoe, Van der Vaart and Bale over the past few seasons, but there is no denying the Croatian’s quality. His passing ability is also backed up with his calmness and dribbling ability. Injuries have meant that he has not been able to get the best start this season, but when he is on form, he gets the passes on the park and is a brilliant connection between the defence and forwards for Spurs.

2. Scott Parker (West Ham and England)

Perhaps because he doesn’t play for a high profile club that he isn’t rated more, however he is a shining light for West Ham. His never say die attitude has seen him win player of the season at West Ham for the last two seasons. He provides a creative spark for West Ham and he scores some pretty memorable goals as well. His 25 yard strike against Chelsea last season was one of the goals of the season and his cheeky little chip against Chelsea this season is aN indicator of his class. West Ham and Avram Grant will be looking towards Parker to help them escape the potential of relegation this season. If West Ham do get relegated, Parker is due a proper move to a big club sometime soon.

3. Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham and Sweden)

Signed by Birmingham from Arsenal, Larsson is one of the most important players for Alex McLeish’s outfit. A brilliant crosser of the ball, his dead ball skills are among the best in the league, with a great work rate to boot. 10 goals and 11 assists in the last two seasons may not sound too impressive, but Larsson isn’t in the squad to score buckets of goals for Birmingham. He gets a large amount of key passes that lead to a goal scoring opportunity or a goal. A model winger, he is the sort of winger that kids should watch and try to base themselves on.

4. Stuart Holden (Bolton and USA)

Probably the first player on this list that will make people ask who he is. Transferred from Houston Dynamo during the summer transfer season, Holden has been hugely impressive for Owen Coyle’s team. So impressive, that he signed a contract keeping him at the club until 2013 only a month after the start of the EPL season. A center midfielder by trade, he chases down the opposition and wins his own ball, and puts it to good use. He along with Lee have been supporting the midfield for Bolton this season and both have been impressive. Once he establishes himself in England, his reputation will grow and people will get to see how good the American international is. Clever purchase by Owen Coyle.

5. Jordan Henderson (Sunderland and England)

How good is this kid? After being farmed out to Coventry to mature for a year, the 20 year old has returned and has been hugely impressive for Sunderland. Playing at the right of midfield and sometimes as centre midfield, his impressive performances last season earned him a new five year contract. Henderson has been so impressive that his squad number has been changed from number 16 to 10, the number of Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips. His early season form has caught the eye of England manager Fabio Capello, who is considering the youngster as a potential England hopeful in the next few years. Not only has he caught the eye of Capello, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have registered interest in the Henderson. Steve Bruce has admitted that he will struggle to keep the young gun at the Stadium of Light during the upcoming winter transfer season. Keep an eye on him in the next few weeks.

Other honourable mentions:

  • Jussi Jasskelainen (Bolton and Finland) – impressive shot stopper who has achieved over a 100 saves in three of the past four seasons, a feat that Cech hasn’t done yet.
  • Matthew Jarvis (Wolves and England) – Impressive winger who will be a key for Wolves if they stay in the EPL or not
  • Chris Brunt (WBA and England) – Another winger who has been hugely impressive for the promoted team this season, notching up a goal and six assists, two of those against Manchester United
  • Phil Jagielka (Everton and England) – A centreback for the Toffees who really flies under the radar at Everton
  • Joey Barton (Newcastle and England) – Infamous thanks to his off field antics (he’s been in jail), his crossing ability is fantastic and he has stood out for Newcastle when he is needed
  • Chung-Yong Lee (Bolton and South Korea) – Mentioned above with Stuart Holden, his importance for Bolton has been underlined due to Petrov’s dip in form, has an eye for goal too

That’s our wrap up of the most underrated players, who do you think should/shouldn’t be there? Stay tuned for our next article, where we dive into world football’s underbelly and find the Top 5 players who you probably haven’t heard of.

PUMA v1.10 – Kehinde Wiley Soccer Shoes

Puma have kept up their string of good form with colorway releases with this, to say the least, bold colorway that acted as a canvas for one of the world’s most famous artists, Kehinde Wiley.

Kehinde Wiley, the famed artist known for his vibrant portraits on bold backgrounds, has taken the v1.10 football boot and outfitted it with one of his signature graphic prints.

Each pair of PUMA’s v1.10 i FG Kehinde created is individually numbered. Inspired by the bold colors of Africa, this special edition Kehinde boot is a work of art for your game.

While we didn’t review a boot with Wiley’s work emblazoned on it, SER did test and publish a full review on the Puma V1.10 football boots.

Specs:

The v1.10 has a lightweight microfiber and textile upper with a softer toe area for a better touch on the ball. It also has a dirt and water repellent coating.

PUMA’s new lace cover offers up clean kicking and larger ball contact area, while an air mesh insert on the tongues lets your feet breathe.

Extremely lightweight Carbon Fiber in the forefoot distributes pressure and creates flexibility.

The midfoot is reinforced with TPU, which prevents midfoot bending and further enhances stability. A TPU injected external heel counter offers heel support.

The lightweight Pebax outsole is transparent in the midfoot and heel for eye-catching style.

Pointed stud design ensures easy ground penetration for optimal traction, maneuverability and stability.

All of these elements add up to 8.2 ounces of speed.

Details:

  • Family: V-Speed
  • Ball Control Elements: yes
  • How Attached To Upper: Injected
  • Midsole Material: AptoLast
  • Outsole Material: Pebax
  • Primary Upper Material: Microfibre
  • Stud Material: PU
  • Stud Shape: Bladed
  • Studs Removable: no
  • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
  • Weight: 8.2 oz.

PUMA Scores Against Breast Cancer with Project Pink

Women’s soccer: 1. Breast cancer: 0. But SER wants you to help Puma put the game to bed with another goal against breast cancer!

PUMA® is excited to announce the results of the sportlifestyle brand’s Project Pink program, developed in conjunction with PUMA’s partnership with the dynamic female athletes of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). The beneficiary of the initiative’s inaugural year, chosen by popular vote, is the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund at Magee-Womens Foundation. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Magee-Womens Foundation supports the efforts of Magee-Womens Research Institute and the Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, The fund directly benefits the group’s newly-opened Women’s Cancer Research Center, headed up by breast cancer researcher Adrian Lee, Ph.D. and gynecologic oncologist Dr. Robert Edwards, M.D. With the culmination of Project Pink’s fundraising, PUMA is proud to present Magee-Womens Foundation with a total of$62,730.62, including funds raised by 17,867 tweets.


“We are thrilled that the new Women’s Cancer Research Center, an exciting collaboration between Magee-Womens Research Institute and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, has won this generous donation from PUMA’s Project Pink,†said Dr. Lee. The goal of the Center is to establish new collaborations between physicians and scientists as they address key questions in this area of women’s cancer health. Added Dr. Edwards, “The money from Project Pink will be used towards the purchase of a new laser capture microdissection device that will give scientists the unique ability to isolate and capture single cancer cells and help dig into the roots of the disease. This equipment will allow future physician-scientists to excel in their investigations. We applaud PUMA’s efforts through Project Pink, and look forward to working with the program as we improve the health of countless women.â€


In July 2010, with the announcement of the Project Pink initiative, PUMA pledged to donate 100% of the profits from the sales of its Project Pink merchandise to a charitable institution dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. PUMA created a special capsule collection of “pink†product, including a soccer ball, gym sack, tee shirt, and replica jersey, the latter to match those worn by WPS athletes in five regular-season games and other activations to support the cause. To further sweeten the pot, for every tweet using the Twitter hashtag #projectpink, PUMA also promised an additional $1. PUMA developed an open forum at
wps.pumafootball.com/projectpink with the aim of giving young soccer fans the opportunity to make a difference, and actually nominate and vote for the nonprofit that they felt were most deserving of the funds raised. Magee-Womens Foundation was chosen by popular vote over a month-long window, and, well, the rest is history.

“We’re so pleased that Project Pink’s first beneficiary is such a deserving organization,†commented Jay Piccola, president and general manager of PUMA North America. “So many amazing young women engaged with the program, nominating an impressive group of nonprofits, banding together to vote for them, and tweeting their hearts out in support – they honestly made all the difference. We have no doubt that the team at Magee-Womens Foundation will translate their efforts into some truly impactful work within the field of breast cancer research.â€


This won’t be the last we’ll see of Project Pink. The initiative, developed as a long-term commitment by PUMA, will continue in the 2011 WPS season with refreshed product, new faces, and additional opportunities for young women – soccer fans, and beyond – to get involved. For program updates, as well as more information about PUMA’s partnership with WPS, visit
wps.pumafootball.com.

PUMA became an official founding partner of WPS in December 2008. The multi-year partnership makes PUMA the official sport and lifestyle apparel, footwear and equipment supplier of WPS, including the official WPS Match Ball and PUMA WPS Fanwear. PUMA’s roster of WPS athletes includes four-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta, as well as standout stars Natasha Kai, Leslie Osborne, Amy Rodriguez, Karina LeBlanc, and Alex Scott.


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www.facebook.com/puma. Follow PUMA on Twitter @thepumastore and watch PUMA on YouTube at www.youtube.com/puma.

SER Bootspotting: Torres Boot Switch? Gerrard in New Adidas Predator X Colorway

In Liverpool’s most recent training session, Fernando Torres was spotted not in Total 90 Laser III’s but in Tiempo Legend III’s and Steven Gerrard was also wearing a new pair of football boots.

Even though Fernando Torres is slowly getting back into form, he is still not his old self. Is this a sign that he wants to find new form in new boots? Or is it just a one off boot test? We will just have to wait and see.

In an interview with Adidas, Steven Gerrard said he had many more Mi-Adidas colorways up his sleeve to use, but it looks like the new Predator X colorway has won over his heart.

Early November Bootspotting

Another scintillating week in the world of football, from UEFA Champions League to MLS rendered a number of great bootspots.

In case you haven’t heard, the name that has been on the lips of nearly every footballer in the world is Gareth Bale. He is the hottest prospect in world football right now, with all the top clubs in the world vying for his signature, but with Tottenham playing great football (in large part to his performances), he may be tempted to stay at White Hart Lane. He put in another man of the match performance vs Inter Milan last night in their Champions League tie, wearing the new watermelon colorway of the Adidas F50 Adizero.

As one of the only torch bearers for the Puma V1.10 SL football boots, Samuel Eto’o has represented the cat with great performances this season, leading the Serie A and Champions League goalscoring charts. He has scored the majority of his goals in the Yellow/Green colorway, but switched to the new Ebony colorway for his side’s clash against Tottenham and scored a fantastic goal, despite his team losing the match.

David Beckham has had a good return to football following his ruptured Achilles tendon, and is now sporting what we suspect to be his new range’s colorway for the Adidas Predator X. It is much less conspicuous than his recent red colorway with a solid white upper with navy detailing, maybe signalizing that he’ll be staying with the LA Galaxy full time now, or maybe hinting at a move to a blue kitted team?

Emmanuel Adebayor has been having a hard time breaking into the Manchester City starting squad with Carlos Tevez on fire, but with 4 goals in two games in the new watermelon colorway of the leather Adidas F50 Adizero, the Togolese striker may find himself more often on the team sheet!

The stunning new Electricity/Black/Poppy colorway of the Adidas Predator X made its on-field debut this UEFA Champions League gameweek in the match between Werder Bremen and FC Twente.

FC Dallas’ Atiba Harris has been wearing a worn out pair of Diadora boots for a while now, and after careful deliberation, we’ve concluded that he is wearing the Diadora Maracana football boots.

After questions of “Will they or won’t they?”, Manchester United’s Michael Carrick was the first Puma sponsored player to switch into the new Puma Powercat colorway, and he was on fine form to in his side’s 3-0 victory over Turkish side Bursaspor.

After a goal scoring drought (bar two goals in his last game) in La Liga this season, Barcelona’s David Villa was hoping his new watermelon colorway of the Adidas F50 Adizero would help him back to goal scoring ways, but alas, it wasn’t to be as FC Copenhagen were a resilient side that held the Catalan giants to a draw.

New Adidas F50 Adizero and Predator X Colourways

Adidas have introduced five new colorways over night, including three Adizero and two Predator colours.

People have been crying out for blackout boots being made available, especially with the late release of the Cristiano Ronaldo Nike Safari football boots, and it seems Adidas have listened with the Black/Warning Adizero football boots. The new Lightning White/Cyan colourway looks classy, however many will think that they have fallen off the production line! The Intense Green/Pink adiZero football boots, also dubbed the Watermelon boots, have a fantastic look and are sure to catch the eye when they are on-pitch. The Electricity/Black/Poppy versions of the adidas Predator X Football Boots, the most eye-catching release of the Predator X to-date is a re-release of the iconic adidas Predator Accelerator Liga Editions. While the subtle Black/White/Electricity Predator colourway is sure to excite fans of the three stripes.

F50 Adizero TRX – Black/Warning

F50 Adizero – Lightning White/Cyan

F50 Adizero – Intense Green/Pink/Black

Specs:

UPPER: Sprintskin single layer synthetic drastically reduces the adizero’s weight. Innovative internal TPU support bands in the upper offer support and stability.

INSOLE: Ultralight sockliner is carefully designed to not add bulk. Comes with second pair of comfort sockliners.

OUTSOLE: Sprint frame for lightweight stability. TRX TPU outsole has a new stud configuration that improves your balance at top speeds.

Details:

  • Family: F50 adiZero
  • Used By: Lionel Messi
  • External Heel Counter: yes
  • How Attached To Upper: Cemented and Riveted
  • Insole Removable: yes
  • Outsole Material: TPU
  • Primary Upper Material: Synthetic
  • Sizing: runs 1/2 size large-order down 1/2 size
  • Stud Material: PU
  • Studs Removable: no
  • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
  • Weight: 5.8 oz
  • Predator X – Electricity/Black/Poppy

    Predator X – Black/White/Electricity

    Specs:

    UPPER: adidas has developed a revolutionary new upper material called Taurus. It’s a full-grain calf leather that combines unsurpassed softness with a light weight, durability and weatherproof features. It’s a high-end supreme touch performance leather that is also extremely durable.

    CONSTRUCTION: An opti-fit upper construction creates the ultimate fit bringing the boot as close to the foot as possible for maximum movement control and maximum ball control.

    PREDATOR: Reengineered Predator is more abrasive for constant swerve, control and accuracy in any weather condition. Asymmetrical loop lacing for a larger, cleaner kicking surface.

    Dual compound Xternal heel counter is smaller but extremely strong and reduces pressure on the Achilles tendon.

    INSOLE: Anatomically molded EVA insole for comfort.

    OUTSOLE: Traxion FG for grip and comfort on firm, natural surfaces. Newly developed internal chassis construction contains a revolutionary Powerspine that minimizes energy loss and maximizes power. The Powerspine redirects power directly into the ball while offering important metatarsal protection.

    Details:

    • Family: Predator
    • Ball Control Elements: yes
    • Ball Control Type: Predator
    • How Attached To Upper: Cemented and Riveted
    • Insole Material: EVA foam
    • Insole Removable: yes
    • Lacing: Asymmetrical
    • Outsole Material: Traxion PU
    • Primary Upper Material: Calfskin leather
    • Stud Material: PU
    • Studs Removable: no
    • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
    • Weight: 11.2 oz.

    Fulham 10/11 Third Kappa Kit

    Fulham wore a very interesting and eye catching new kit a couple of weeks ago, and here it is!

    A unique shirt with gold logos, embellishments and stitching on the classic Harrods green fabric.

    A classic looking football shirt but with the features and design to allow lightness and elasticity to maximise athletes’ muscle strength and improve their endurance. The shirt is made of a quick dry performance fabric: a high performance fabric engineered to draw heat away from the skin keeping the body cool and dry, thus allowing a great stretch fit and look.

    Excellent quality in 83% Nylon and 17% Lycra, the new shirt will be worn with pride by all Fulham fans.

    Image Leak: Nike CTR 360 Maestri II

    In another SER image leak, SER have uncovered pictures of the soon to be released Nike CTR 360 II.

    The new Nike CTR360 Maestri – the name is Italian for master – has pinnacle performance features designed to deliver 360° control of the ball, and to give the wearer 100% pass completion. To achieve this the creators of the Nike CTR360 Maestri went through the stages of a player – winning the ball, keeping control and distributing the ball. Dampening pods on the outside of the forefoot help to control theball, while a rubberised ‘pass pad’ on the instep contains memory foam to help passing acccuracy.

    The Maestris have been a huge success in the football world. Originally aimed for ball winning midfielders, the boots have been a huge success for defenders (Ashley Cole), Wingers (James Milner) and even strikers (Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero). After many succesful colourways, it is about time that Nike release the next generation of CTR boots.

    Looking at the pictures, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the current CTR360 boots and the next generation of boots. The instep passing pad seems to be a little different, and the dampening pods on the outside of the forefoot don’t seem to stick out as much as they do compared to the older model. We really aren’t to sure about the new details of these boots. However, I really like the look of the cleats and I am excited about the upcoming release of these boots. We are expecting these boots to be released around Christmas time or possibly just before that. SER will keep you up to date about the boots when we hear more about them.

    What do you think about the look of these cleats from the American company?

    Adidas Predator RX

    We gave you the preview, now here they are, the Adidas Predator RX under the spotlight.

    We saw and gave you images of the Kiwi rugby team wearing the new shoes, but now we have close up images of the Adidas Predator RX. This new rugby boot features new stitching and a brand new Predator Vamp. The opti-fit technology has been removed as well, along with the thermofoam. Despite its being made for rugby, what makes us at SER so interested, especially me, is that it looks like it could be a promising boot for football as well. I personally believe it looks a hundred times better than the original Predator X.

    As a heads up in case they implement this colorway in the football Predator (which I have a strong feeling they will), the electricity color is very electric! I was able to catch the Australia vs New Zealand game today, and these Predators are very noticeable on the pitch!

    Nike Total90 Laser III K Black/Yellow Soccer Shoes

    Although a little delayed, we still thought it would be pertinent to feature this ‘new’ colorway of the kangaroo leather edition Nike Total 90 Laser III.
    Kangaroo leather boots almost always look classy, and this colorway is no exception. The black and yellow detail make for a really clean looking football boot, and one of our favorites in the Nike Total 90 Laser III range. Despite its looking great, not many of the top professionals are currently wearing it, opting for the later synthetic White/Orange/Black colorway.

    Specs:

    Nike designers broke down the biomechanics of striking the ball into specific elements to help them design the ultimate boot for power and accuracy.

    Five pods in the strike zone create a uniform contact point for a smoother surface resulting in even pressure distribution. The pods are configured as five separate units that operate as one to remain flexible and fluid.

    Advanced shape-correcting memory foam provides a smooth and consistent surface to enhance accuracy when shooting.

    Engineered Microfins, ie. small raisedTPU fins on a honeycomb panel deliver increased friction with the ball to ensure more swerve. Each small fin is strategically angled and sized to enhance control over ball trajectory, but folds on contact with the ball to accommodate great touch and feel.

    The laces have been repositioned to be more asymmetrical for a cleaner strike surface and easier fit and adjustment of the boot.

    Reinforcements to the external heel counter and outsole ensure comfort and stability.

    UPPER: Premium kangaroo leather for comfort and touch.

    MIDSOLE: Molded EVA with poron insert that reduces stud pressure.

    OUTSOLE: Lightweight TPU with optimal stud placement for stability and traction.

    Details:

    • Family: Total 90
    • Ball Control Elements: yes
    • Ball Control Type: ShotShield
    • External Heel Counter: yes
    • How Attached To Upper: Cemented and Riveted
    • Insole Material: EVA foam
    • Insole Removable: yes
    • Lacing: Asymmetrical
    • Outsole Material: Traxion PU
    • Primary Upper Material: Kangaroo leather
    • Secondary Upper Material: TPU fins
    • Stud Material: PU
    • Stud Shape: Bladed
    • Studs Removable: no
    • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
    • Weight: 11.8 oz.

    Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Elite – CR7 Safari Soccer Shoes


    Although we showed you the images of the boots a week or two ago, Nike have had us at the edge of our seats the past week with interesting teasers, and they have finally unveiled the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Elite – CR7 Safari football boots.

    In accordance with Nike, Cristiano Ronaldo has been given his first signature football boot in this brilliant (not necessarily the positive brilliant) ‘Safari’ colorway. The Portuguese winger has been in deadly form for Real Madrid this season, leading the scoring charts for the Spanish La Liga with an amazing 9 goals! He’ll be debuting the cleats this weekend in his side’s La Liga match. Other than the unique colorway, there is a slight difference between these and the ‘normal’ Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II. There are chevrons (like on the kits of Manchester United last season) on the sides of the boot that are meant to increase the visibility of the soccer cleats on the field.

    Specs:

    UPPER: The Superfly II has an ultra-thin Teijin upper that’s lined withFlywire filaments in a soccer-specific cabling pattern to deliver a precise fit and optimal support. Asymmetricallacing enlarges the contact zone.

    INSOLE: The Superfly II has a contoured sockliner with a SuperflyEVA insole.

    OUTSOLE: Carbon fiber compositeplate is the lightest and strongest outsole Nike has to offer. It has a pressure-activated adaptive traction system for speed in all conditions. The difference between a soft and firm ground stud is 3mm. So Nike has developed a new stud that extends 3 mm when ground is soft for increased toe-off acceleration and traction. These two longer studs in the forefoot also prevent slippage and create the most comfortable feeling Mercurial ever.

    These new toe-off traction spikes enable extra speed bursts, just like traditional track spikes. Traction pad ensures grip no matter which way you move.

    Details:

    • Family: Mercurial
    • How Attached To Upper: Cemented
    • Insole Material: EVA foam
    • Insole Removable: yes
    • Lacing: Central
    • Outsole Performance features: Toe-off traction spikes
    • Primary Upper Material: Teijin microfiber
    • Stud Material: PU
    • Stud Shape: Bladed
    • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
    • Weight: 7.8 oz.

    SER Opinion: Manchester United without the three 'Golden Oldies'

    Every year, fresh rumors that the last three survivors of the ‘Golden Generation’ of 1992 will retire surface. But each year Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville prove everybody wrong by continuing their illustrious careers. Each have their moments that will forever remain in each and every United fan’s memory, Ryan Giggs’ incredible goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup Semi Final, Paul Scholes’ incredible strike against Barcelona in 2008 that led United to the Champions League Final and Gary Neville’s celebration in front of the Kop after beating Liverpool in 2006. But one things for sure, one day they will retire, and when that day comes, what will happen to the Red Devils? Will they cope, or will they crumble without three of their biggest leaders.

    For any Manchester United fan like myself, it’s hard to visualize a Manchester United without either of these three. All three have shown up when Sir Alex has called on them, and a lack of big game players will be apparent when they leave. Ferguson has attempted to make adequate replacements for all three in the shape of Nani, Fletcher, and O’Shea and only time will tell if these are anything more then merely adequate replacements. Fletcher has his off and on days, he’s brilliant at his best but fades away when he’s not playing well. O’Shea’s lack of pace is highlighted when he comes up against fast players, and Nani is showing signs of improvement but still has a some way to go.

    Previous attempts by Sir Alex to replace ageing players have failed, the first example that comes to mind is the player that once was touted as Roy Keane’s replacement – Eric Djemba Djemba and his success with United can be measured by the fact that now he plays in the Danish First Division and the hope is that Ferguson gets the ‘replacements’ for these players spot on. Gary Neville has definitely gone past his ‘use by’ date; he’s grown slower and clumsier with his challenges but then again, at the spritely age of 35 and playing in arguably the world’s most physical league, that is to be expected. Good right backs are hard to find and this is one place where I think Man Utd will lack until they find ‘the one’. It will be a situation similar to the hangover that Utd experienced after losing the greatest goalkeeper that has ever graced Old Trafford, Peter Schmeichel and it will definitely take some time to find a good right back. One things for sure though, whoever does fill in for the spot that Neville leaves, will never have anywhere near the amount of passion and fire for Manchester United and the game of football that he did.

    Google ‘Paul Scholes replacement’ and you come up with the likes of, Ibrahim Affelay, Sotiris Ninis, and Marek Hamšík. But to be honest a player like Paul Scholes is irreplaceable and the question should not be who will replace him but rather who will do the best job of holding together the midfield. In 2006, Sir Alex was quoted saying about Anderson, “I think he is going to replace Paul Scholes, that’s my opinion. I think he’s an outstanding talent; he’s got fantastic speed and strength.” Ando has faded in the past couple of years due to injury and scandals in his private life such as leaving Manchester without permission to go back to Brazil, and I question if he is the best we can get. Another possibility is Darron Gibson. He has shown signs of great vision and incredible long range shots in the past couple of seasons, and we will see in the coming seasons if he grows to have the potential to fill the void left by Scholes.

    Ironically, the most decorated player in English football history, Ryan Giggs is the easiest that Utd will find cover for in the form of Nani. Nani has really come into his own in these past two seasons without the overshadowing presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, and the stats show.You may point out that he prefers the right, but when Valencia is back to full fitness, he’l push out to the left where he is adequate. With a bagful of goals this season in comparison to a meager 4 goals in 23 games last season, he’s definitely improving, and if he keeps up this gradual improvement, then Nani may well turn out to be a Man Utd legend and a suitable replacement.

    Who do you think Manchester United will find to fill the gaps in the squad left by these three? Leave a comment below with your opinion.

    PUMA Powercat-C 1.10 White/Black/Team Orange Soccer Shoes

    Puma have been by far the most active brand in the past week in terms of colorway releases, and here is their latest colorway for the power football boot, the Puma Powercat.

    After the Black/Red colorway which matched and complimented their kits so well, it will be interesting to see whether or not the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Tomas Rosicky, and Michael Carrick switch into this new colorway. We had the opportunity to test the football boots, so check out our review of the Puma Powercat.

    Specs:

    UPPER: Kangaroo leather upper with SpringTech foam for explosive shooting.

    The material mix on the upper – using a combination of soft thin kangarooleather in the vamp with syntheticmicrofiber around the heel area – keeps weight down to boost control and touch.

    PowerGil Technology enhances kicking power by putting extra power behind the ball as it is released.

    TPU-injected external heel counter for stability.

    INSOLE: EVA insole for comfort.

    OUTSOLE: Lightweight TPU-injected outsole with pointed stud configuration.

    Details:

    • Family: PWR-C
    • Ball Control Elements: yes
    • Ball Control Type: SpringTech foam
    • External Heel Counter: yes
    • How Attached To Upper: Cemented and Riveted
    • Insole Material: EVA foam
    • Insole Removable: yes
    • Lacing: Asymmetrical
    • Outsole Material: TPU
    • Outsole Performance features: Pointed Stud Configuration
    • Primary Upper Material: Kangaroo leather
    • Secondary Upper Material: Synthetic leather
    • Stud Material: PU
    • Stud Shape: Bladed
    • Studs Removable: no
    • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
    • Weight: 10.4 oz.


    Nike CR7 Safari Release Update

    We have already showed you the images of what the Nike CR7 Safari football boots will look like, but we wanted to show you some of the cool pre-release hype Nike are producing for this big release.

    We’re less than 24 hours away from the big release, and boy are we excited for what is coming. Sure, we know what we should be expecting, but there’s nothing like a great boot release. Nike have just released a cool viral with the description, “Cristiano Ronaldo’s new boots have left Nike Global HQ in Portland. They touchdown on the 28th.” Be sure to check back with us for the full release details of the Nike CR7 Safari football boots!

    Brand New Adidas Predator?

    In a recent Kiwi training session, all the Adidas sponsored players recieved a brand new pair of Adidas Predators to test out!

    First off, you may be thinking “Hey, this is rugby!” however, this seems to be a collaboration of a couple of different soccer boots, and with that… this could end up being a huge hit for soccer as well!

    As you can see from this picture, the fabled Predator element is gone! What looks to be a more smooth material has been used where the Predator zone or element once was. You can also see that the overall shape and stitching pattern of these boots seems to be quite different as well.

    The sole plate however, looks to be the same as the original Predator X.

    The inside of the foot looks much like the Pathique X (Japanese exclusive football boot), yet totally different to the Predator X. This looks to be better for having a cleaner strike, especially if you are not a fan of the Predator element.

    It looks like Adidas have also trashed the thermoguard as their is no sign of it in and around the adidas 3 stripes. The stitching is also very different from the Adidas Predator X.

    Apparently these boots are to be called the Adidas Predator RX, and we at SER are very excited for the release to read the real details about this new collaboration from the rugby and soccer departments at Adidas!

    We will hopefully try and get a pair to compare with the Adidas Predator X as this looks like it could be a very promising football boot!

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