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Jamie Redknapp's weekend watch: Gerrard and Rooney are the top men
Published : 11 May 2009 02:56:59
kSteven Gerrard (right) has fired 23 goals this season, from his attacking midfield role. The football writers soon decide their player of the year and reckon it counts more than the players' award because of the timing of their vote. Surely it's between Gerrard and Wayne Rooney. Kids on the block West Ham were outplayed in a way that confirms they have over-achieved this season under Gianfranco Zola, but did you notice that in their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday they had seven Academy players on the pitch. No other club can boast their support for local boys. FC Twente finished second in Holland to qualify for the Champions League next season and have made the Dutch Cup Final. The rehabilitation of Steve McClaren (right) as a coach is almost complete. Will he be coming home this summer? Dropping out Can anyone save Hull City? They're in freefall and manager Phil Brown (left) will surely be watching tonight's Newcastle v Middlesbrough game from behind his sofa, hoping for a draw. But Hull will finish against Manchester United. Surely they're doomed. Is there a player you'd trust more with taking a match-deciding penalty than Graham Alexander? The Preston and Scotland player must have ice in his veins, the best I've seen. Neil Harris is a different kind of hero. Not only did he score the winner against Leeds that takes Millwall close to Wembley, but their highest-ever goalscorer has recovered from testicular cancer to continue his career. Good work. What a crushing week for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger needs a centre back, at least one powerhouse midfielder and possibly a centre forward who can lead the line if Emmanuel Adebayor departs. Otherwise they will fall even further behind.