This is the last week of Premier League Player Profiles, we are currently on our 2nd batch meaning that it leaves us with just two more players to feature, one today and one on Wednesday. We could well be doing a third batch starting next week, but for now we are concentrating on this week’s profiles starting with Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson…
Currently 25 years of age and plying his trade for Steve Bruce’s Sunderland, Richardson started life as a footballer at Manchester United in the year 2002 and he made his senior debut for the Red Devils against Olympiacos in a Champions League fixture. While at Manchester United Richardson was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion in the year 2005, while at the ‘Baggies’ the current Sunderland man enjoyed an impressive spell at the club as he helped them survive relegation on the last day of the season. Richardson returned to Manchester United a season later, however in the year 2007 his long stint at United came to a standstill, as he switched to Sunderland for a fee of £5.5 million.
In the 09/10 campaign Richardson has played most of this season at left-back due to a number of injuries to fellow Sunderland players. However Richardson has slotted into that all important role quite nicely, he likes to come forward very often as he is most comfortable in the left-wing position. The former Manchester United youth graduate has appeared 25 times in the league this season scoring only one goal in the process. That goal was scored in a 2-2 draw against West Ham at the Stadium of Light, Kieran is a great talent and he is an ever present figure in the ‘Black Cats’ side.
Throughout his Sunderland career Richardson has often been handed the set-piece duties. His delivery can cause chaos to the opposition defences, as his free-kick and corner-kicks can well prove to be dangerous. Also while at Manchester United his set-piece deliveries were a key factor to Richardson’s game. However this season with the likes of Bolo Zenden and Andy Reid in the ‘Black Cats’ team the 25 year old hasn’t been given much of a chance to show off his key attribute.
Earlier in his footballing career, his performances for West Brom in the year 2005 caught the attention on England coach at that time, Sven Goran Eriksson. The Sunderland man has 8 caps beside his name and while playing for the Three Lions he scored 2 goals both coming in a friendly game against the USA. That game though proved to be a special occasion on Richardson’s behalf as that was his full England debut, one goal was scored directly from a free-kick. However since the year 2006, Kieran hasn’t featured for England since but while at Sunderland he is often a key figure in Steve Bruce’s side.
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