The Short Fuse's player season review series continues today with Swiss defender Johan Djourou.
Djourou's greatest strength is his aerial prowess and skill on the ball; in fact, according to whoscored.com, he completed a higher percentage of passes than any other player who started at least 15 games, and the percentage of aerial duels that he won, 58%, is more than vaunted strong English centre backs that are leaders Ryan Shawcross and Scott Dann, (and Arsenal targets Phil Jones and Ryan Nelsen) and is comparable to Jamie Carragher (and is the same as human battering ram Kevin Davies). Djoruou is also quite skillful for a centre back, and many a time used a silky touch or tackle to win the ball back and to initiate attacks.
One cannot ignore his end of season performance, which was quite poor, and lowers his grade for this season, but it is exciting to think about the partnership he could form with Thomas Vermaelen next year, which is a partnership that unfortunately we have been denied with them at their best. If Arsenal do get to see those two healthy, along with Laurent Koscielny and Kyle Bartley to deputise, there may be no reason to buy Chris Samba. After all, the set piece problem can be fixed with the players at hand.
Ted's emoticon: :D -----> :/