Thursday, June 2, 2011

INFTH Top 100: Numbers 94 and 93

94. Mauricio Isla- In the great pantheon of surprise packages, Udinese have certainly claimed their own special berth. While the eyes of the World will no doubt be drawn by star attackers like Sanchez and Di Natale, players like Isla have also had a great say in Udinese's success over the last season.

Able to play all along the back four and even in midfield, Isla is would be a useful  would be weapon for any team in European football, and Udinese certainly benefited greatly from his services last season. Isla seems to have a real taste for entertaining football as well, he was a starter in Chile's World Cup team, and he and Alexis Sanchez have managed to translated that enthusiasm for the game to Italian football.

In the future, I'd love to see Isla ply his trade at one of the top European clubs, he has the talent for it, and many of the big European teams are greatly lacking in the full back areas. However, for now, I hope that Isla stays put so that Udinese can really build on last season, and show off their attacking impetus in the Champions League.

93. Darren Bent- In the midst of high profile transfers including the likes of Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Fernando Torres and Edin Dzeko, Darren Bent was largely a forgotten man. Having done so well for Sunderland under Steve Bruce, Bent completed a big money transfer to Aston Villa last January, a move which seems to have benefited both club and player.

A serial goalscorer, Darren Bent once again finished the Premier League's top English marksman, something which hasn't gone unnoticed by Fabio Capello, 2011 has been the first year that Bent has really been given any kind of shot at National Team success.

After scoring on his debut against Manchester City, Bent went on to net another eight times in the league, helping a struggling Villa side move out of the relegation zone. Had it not been for Bent's goals, Villa's plight could have been severe, they were in dire straights up until his arrival.

On the other hand, the club that Bent started the season with (Sunderland) plummeted down the standings following his department, a fact that will no doubt satisfy the Englishman immensely, he clearly was an important cog in the Black Cats' machine.

Going into next year, Bent will be determined to further himself even more, Euro 2012 is just around the corner, and if Bent is to take the next logical step in his career then he must perform for his country at a major international tournament.

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