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JAMIE REDKNAPP'S WEEKEND WATCH: No surprise Pienaar is wanted

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22 Feb 2010 01:26:30

JAMIE REDKNAPP'S WEEKEND WATCH: No surprise Pienaar is wanted

He won't be among the contenders for Footballer of the Year, but there hasn't been too many more consistent players than Everton's Steven Pienaar. He travels all over the pitch, left and right, wants the ball and makes things happen.  Man of the moment: In-form midfielder Steven Pienaar has been so consistent He has good balance, can pass and dribble with both feet and scores goals. I'm not surprised other clubs are looking at him.  Jack in the boxOn the subject of Everton, they are looking strong. Even without the power and strength of Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini, they stood toe-to-toe against a Manchester United side who weren't at their best, but who had a comfortable win in Milan five days earlier. Jack in the box: Rodwell's brilliant third for Everton underlined his rising potential Good to see Jack Rodwell scoring a brilliant third goal. I worry where the next superkids are coming from. He's one of them.  Keeping it outThe race to be England's No 1 will continue throughout the season and all the way to the Finals in South Africa but a good run of form now does nobody any harm. Robert Green, right, has kept four clean sheets in West Ham's last four home games, behind a defence that had been leaking. His save at 1-0 from George Boateng was match-winning on Saturday.  Striker lightHull have not scored in six of their last seven away games and that suggests danger. Teams with goalscorers can see way out of what is looking a tense struggle at the bottom. Too good, too bad: Carlton Cole showed his class while Darren Bent faltered The return of Carlton Cole, for instance, helps West Ham and Sunderland have Darren Bent, even if they are out of sorts. That was a poor miss by Kenwyne Jones at the Emirates, though.  Class actIn a fascinating interview with Sir Alex Ferguson in a Sunday newspaper, the Manchester United manager reveals the generous nature of Wayne Rooney, right, saying that he always makes time for people. It's good to hear. Some players forget their responsibilities. They want the money, but they don't want to make the time. If the best player can, why can't the rest?  Hello JoseJose Mourinho, right, hasn't lost a home league game for eight years across his time at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan. That's some statistic and a sign of what Chelsea will be up against this week. When I was working on the Sky One programme Football's Next Star, I got to spend time with him in Milan and saw close up his control and influence. He's special, alright.  The Drog Bites!...that said, for all of Inter's qualities - and they are better than AC Milan - they do not have a striker with the power and form of Didier Drogba. Beware of the Drog: Drogba is hitting form ahead of his reunion with Mourinho Mourinho might end up regretting signing the giant Ivorian from Marseille, this week. Drogba has scored ten goals in his last ten Premier League games. It will be fascinating to how Jose tries to stop him.  GRAHAM POLL: It's about time Arsene Wenger took his Arsenal tinted spectacles offMARTIN SAMUEL: Jowell deserves an Olympic medal in utter madnessTHE LIST: Sportsmail's top 50 English footballers who should be on Fabio Capello's radar


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