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My Best XI: Iain Hume

31 December 2013

Fans favourite Iain Hume is the man placed in charge of selecting the best XI he has ever played with this week.

Going with a 4-4-2 setup, featuring two wingers, Hume has a varied selection in his team including three Canadian international teammates.

 

 

So below is Iain’s selections and why he has chosen each player…

 

GOALKEEPER: JOHN ACHTERBERG

Probably one of the best shot stoppers I have played with and off the pitch he is an absolute top man.

 

RIGHT BACK: RYAN TAYLOR

He is where he belongs; he is a Premier League player. When he was young, in my eyes he was even better because he was fearless.

 

CENTRAL DEFENDER: GARETH MCAULEY

I just think he is everything a centre half should be, he is as brave as a lion and when it comes to heading a ball at both ends of the pitch he is outstanding. He has come from the lower leagues and has climbed to the top and has rightfully just signed a new deal at West Brom.

 

CENTRAL DEFENDER: ROB JONES

I don’t think you need to explain that you just need to watch him play. The Preston fans will know from last year that he was absolutely immense and rightfully got player of the season last year and he would be my team captain. He is also the hardest man I have ever played with!

 

 

LEFT BACK: GARETH ROBERTS

I played with him for six years, up and down, nice left foot, loves a tackle, fit as a fiddle. He is in the same mould as David Buchanan, an all rounded left back.

 

RIGHT WINGER: PAUL HALL

I played with him for two years at Tranmere, part of the old Reggae Boyz. He just had everything, he could cross a ball, he could beat his man and he was tidy and very, very seldom gave the ball away.

 

CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: ATIBA HUTCHINSON

I have known him since I was seven and he is my room-mate playing for Canada. In my eyes he is the best footballer Canada has ever had. He has worked his way up and got his big move to PSV and this summer just moved to Besiktas. He is your all round box-to-box footballer.

 

CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: JULIAN DE GUZMAN

Technically he is frightening. He is my size, excellent centre of gravity, his footwork is unbelievable and he is the only Canadian to have played in La Liga and scored at the Bernabeu.

 

LEFT WINGER: JASON KOUMAS

I have never seen anyone glide past people like he did. It’s great to see him back at Tranmere and I watched them earlier this season, it is great to see glimpses of what he can do. I think he is the most naturally gifted player I have ever played with.

 

FORWARD: TOMASZ RADZINSKI

The little Polish sausage! He has played where he has because he is that good. When he was at Anderlecht he was frightening, hence the reason he got the move to Everton. I was fortunate enough to play with him, he was lightening quick, but the best part about him was his finishing, he has little to no back lift.

 

FORWARD: MATTY FRYATT

I have picked Matty solely because at all the clubs I have been at, he is the closest to a perfect strike partner I have had. Me and him where absolutely on fire and I think we complemented each other perfectly. He is your typical fox in the box.

 

Extended Profiles


ATIBA HUTCHINSON

Date of birth: 08/02/83

Position: Central Midfielder

Current club: Besiktas

Professional appearances: 297

Nationality: Canadian

Caps: 64

 

Atiba Hutchinson began his professional career in North America playing for York Region Shooters and Toronto Lynx before moving to Sweden in 2004 to sign for newly promoted Swedish Allsvenskan club Osters IF.

 

A move to Helsingborgs IF ensued, before a move across Scandinavia to FC Copenhagen.


This was to be a telling point in his career as four successful years in Denmark resulted in a switch to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.

 

Shortly after that move Hutchinson was named as the Danish Super Liga Player of the Year, becoming the first North American footballer to win this award.

 

Hutchinson ended his stay in Holland over the summer with a move to Turkish side Besiktas.

 

JULIAN DE GUZMAN

Date of birth: 25/03/1981

Position: Central Midfielder

Current club: Skoda Xanthi

Professional appearances: 316

Nationality: Canadian

Caps: 67

 

Julian De Guzman currently plays in the Greek Superleague for Skoda Xanthi having signed for them following the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the summer.

 

Julian, the brother of Swansea City’s Jonathan De Guzman – despite the later choosing to represent the Netherlands, made the move to Europe at a young age to be part of the Marseille Academy after being spotted playing for local club North Scarborough in his home city of Toronto.

 

After being released by the French side in 2000, De Guzman moved to FC Saarbrucken, where he played in Germany’s second tier before making the jump to the Bundesliga with Hannover 96.

 

A summer move in 2005 to Spanish giants Deportivo La Coruna made De Guzman the first Canadian to appear in La Liga and he went on to be named their Player of the Year in 2007/08.

 

Since then, De Guzman has gone on to play for Toronto FC, FC Dallas and Jahn Ragensburg before making the switch to Greece.




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