Jake Farrell’s take on a so called gonna be big player..
Reputations can be founded or broken in strange ways. Matthew Upson, it seems, is in the fortunate position of being considered as a good player for little reason at all. The former Arsenal man, who struggled to ever get in Arsene Wegner’s side, has been consistently in vogue with teams in the middle to lower reaches of the Premier League as if he will be their defensive messiah.
News that Sunderland are interested in the West Ham captain are unsurprising. A club with the current ambition of the Black Cats is the ideal scenario for his next stop in a career which will soon have the label journeyman attached to it.
Upson is by no means terrible. Equally he is by no means excellent. He was shown as a player of average stature in England’s World Cup campaign and, despite scoring against Germany, was totally unable to deal with the pace and movement of top players. His distribution or lack of it is his most worrying quality.
He rarely looks at ease in possession and does not have the quality to get a team moving forward from the back as so often is required in the modern game.
Saying that he could be the perfect player for Sunderland whose focus will be on finding someone resolute rather than intricate. Upson however is no spring chicken – he will be 32 next year – and with Sunderland’s bid rumoured to be around the £7 million mark the former Birmingham player would not exactly represent value for money.
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