Two more. What tempo huh. Not sure if anyone is around, let alone reading, but I must.finish.this.thing.monster!
Gonzalo Higuain - Argentina - Real Madrid
Standout technician when it comes to finesse touches and finishes.
He has become a lot better the last 2-3 years but probably still isn't Mourinho's ideal striker, making Mourinho push even for Adebayor last season, and if Benzema can start putting all those impressive striker-tools of his together on a consistent basis, no doubt Higuain is under serious threat.
Frank Lampard - England - Chelsea
Not that I have that particular wallpaper hanging on my wall or anything or would ever consider it... but nooo I really don't like dropping Lampard who remains a favorite of mine, but he isn't the player he was in his late 20s and I'm sure a lot of people would put him even lower.
Looking at his various raw numbers though, and of course using my great eye, once that he found form after injuries, Lampard still looked very good to me, slower these days sure enough, but that was never a strength anyway and yeah the various numbers
do suggest I think, a similar overall activity level both on offense and defense the last 2-3 years.
So basically, I'm not quite ready to write off one of my all time favorite two-way players, even if I'm realizing the only realistic way for him in his 30s, is down.