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END OF TERM REPORTS

Posted on 2 June 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton offers his end of season views on the performances and progress of the first team squad...

Chris Hughton offers his end of season views on the performances and progress of the first team squad...

MICHAEL CARRICK
If Michael had scored from the chance he made against Arsenal I would definitely have given him goal of the season - probably because of who the opposition were!

He is another one who has had a fantastic season from midfield and we have seen him develop into a player that can really get hold of a game. When you play in the position he does, one thing you are always striving for from someone like that is someone who can command a game. The best players in that position can do it, Makelele can do it more from a defensive side of things, there are others than can do in an offensive way - and that is what we want from Michael.

If there is one - and it would be the only one - criticism, it is that we still feel there should be more goals from him.

DANNY MUPRHY
I think it has been difficult for Danny, there is no doubting his quality, but I think he came to the club when a system had been forged and there were a lot of players in front of him that had played a big part of the season.

Consequently, he found it hard to get himself a place in the team. Danny is a very bright lad and I think he very much appreciated the position he was in. I think he will be thinking about how he can develop understandings with players for next season and how he can fit into a team shape.

Danny has been good to have around, he has played a part, but not as big a part as he would probably have liked to have played.