Monday, July 18, 2011

INFTH Top 100: Numbers 20 and 19

20. Luka Modric- For me, despite being the subject of critical acclaim from various highly regarded football people, Modric remains one of the most underrated players in the world. A classic regista, Modric dictates play better than anyone else in the Premiership, and was the main reason for Spurs' brilliant run in last year's Champions League.

Despite not boasting the most impressive goal statistics, Modric is an important cog in Tottenham's attacking machine; his diagonals to players like Bale and Lennon were important in a number of goals scored by the Lily Whites last season.

A wonderfully technical player, Modric can dictate the pace of a game with his touch and movement; a fabulous asset, especially in Europe.

Despite failing to propel Tottenham into next season's Champions League, Modric was one of the players of the season in England last year- after a poor opening season the Croatian has come on leaps in bounds over the past two campaigns.

The subject of a twenty-seven million pound bid from Chelsea, Modric has made his desire to leave White Hart Lane clear, and a move to West London does appear the next logical step in the Croatian's career. However, Spurs are unwilling to let their star player leave, meaning that Modric is set for a long summer of negotiation...

19. Edinson Cavani- One of Europe's hottest properties at the moment, Napoli's Edinson Cavani was arguably the most dangerous attacking player in Serie A last season.

Thirty-three goals in all competitions is an impressive haul for a player plying his trade away from one of Europe's major clubs- along with Lavezzi and Hamsik though, Cavani helped the Azzuri compete with their more illustrious rivals.

Finishing third in the league, Napoli and Cavani qualified for next year's Champions League; an exciting achievement, though for a while the club held Scudetto ambitions.

A Uruguayan international, Cavani scored in the third place game at last year's World Cup, and is currently on show for his country at the Copa America; a tournament that the Uruguayans are now favorites to win after three high profile exits. Crucial to their chances there will be the form of Cavani, who has failed to live up to expectations thus far.

Despite enjoying so much success last season, Cavani has not been the subject of much transfer speculation, and the striker looks set to remain in Naples for at least another year.

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