September 22, 2012 by Made In Brum
Recently, Made In Brum asked our Twitter followers for their Blues team of the decade. After much deliberation, MIB’s Rob Wildey has put together his team of the decade and just in case you’re wondering, the reason’s why.
GK: JOE HART- Watching the ‘keeper turn into a world class star for Man City and England is all the more pleasing knowing it all, more or less, began at Blues. It was a hard choice, but Hart just about beat’s Foster and Bennett.
RB: STEPHEN CARR- Captain marvel Stephen Carr came out of retirement to join Blues and he has been an absolute revelation. One of McLeish’s better signings. Although he looks to be finished now, Carr has been an inspirational leader for Blues. Other candidate was Gary Rowett.
CB: KENNY CUNNINGHAM- The ‘King’ was the best centre half I have ever seen play for the Blues. His reading of the game was second to none and he rarely put a foot wrong.
CB: MATTHEW UPSON- The former England international was a quality defender when he was at Blues and the perfect foil for Cunningham. Other candidates were Michael Johnson, Scott Dann and Steve Vickers.
LB: MARTIN GRAINGER- The G-man was never the most gifted footballer in the world, but he was as solid as he was hard. Crunching tackles and a sweet left foot made him an easy choice. Other candidates Franck Queudrue and Simon Charlton.
RM: CHRIS BURKE- Despite not being at Blues’ long, last seasons performances from the Scot were the most ‘edge-of-the-seat’ I can remember at Blues for a long time. On his day, he beats his other candidate Seb Larsson hands down.
CM: ROBBIE SAVAGE- Love him or loathe him, Savage was one of, if not, the most inspirational midfield player of recent times. When Blues were lacklusture, Sav could be seen running round chasing every ball and winding his opponents up and as a result, getting the fans going.
CM: DAVID DUNN- Injuries aside, Dunn was one of the most naturally gifted players I have seen. When he played well, Blues played well. Other candidates were Barry Ferguson, Craig Gardner, Lee Bowyer and Aliou Cisse.
LM: STAN LAZARIDIS- The only choice for the wide left berth for me. Stan was not only a great player, but also a great servant to Blues. The Aussie was missed when he left. Other candidates- none.
CF: CHRISTOPHE DUGARRY- The French wizard is 100% the best player I have ever seen at Blues by a country mile. Some of the things he could do with the ball were out of this world.
CF: MIKAEL FORSSELL- The Force creeps in ahead of the Horse for his natural poaching of goals. He was always a threat and its a shame that injuries put paid to his time at St. Andrews. Other candidates- Geoff Horsfield, Stern John.
BEN FOSTER- His performance against Chelsea stands out as one of the greatest I have seen from a Blues ‘keeper. Just pipped by the brilliance of Hart.
MICHAEL JOHNSON- Magic was a quick, solid and tough centre back. It was hard to pick Upson over him, but I feel Upson just nicks it on footballing ability.
BARRY FERGUSON- A proper holding player. Fergie’s distribution of the ball was practically perfect. But pairing him with Savage would mean a lack of creativity so Dunn just about wins it.
SEB LARSSON- The Swede was an honest, hard working, caring player who scored some memorable goals. It was unfortunate to play under McLeish who’s negative tactics more or less turned him into a full back.
GEOFF HORSFIELD- My personal favourite Blues player. If it was graft, determination and endeavour you were after, Geoff offered this in abundance.
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