A fans’ favourite wherever he has played, John Arne Riise certainly underlined his terrace status during his first season at the Cottage following a number of spirited performances.
Regarded as one of Europe’s most respected left-backs, his capture in the summer of 2011 represented quite a coup for the Club and the Norwegian international didn’t disappoint. A Champions League winner with Liverpool and a player with plenty of international experience, Riise has been a consistent performer at the top for more than a decade.
Renowned for his unrivalled stamina and powerful shooting, he gave his all during the 2011/12 campaign – impressing both as an accomplished defender and as a marauding full-back. Riise offers a fine delivery from the left flank too, whilst his threat from set-pieces provides his team with an alternate attacking option.
There is healthy competition at left-back, with the likes of Matthew Briggs and Kieran Richardson pushing him hard for a starting berth, and the 2012/13 campaign saw Manager Martin Jol rotate between the trio - although Riise was usually the favoured option, playing 32 times in all competitions.
Having come close to joining Fulham when the Club was first promoted to the Premier League in 2001, there is no doubting Riise’s importance to the Whites’ immediate future. And having retired from international football in May 2013 (with a record number of caps for Norway), he can focus 100 per cent of his efforts on Fulham.
|Minutes per goal||-|
|Shooting Accuracy (On Target / Off Target)||1 / 7|
|Goals to shots ratio||0.0|
|Dribbles (Successful / Unsuccessful)||7 / 2|
|Corners (Successful / Unsuccessful)||1 / 0|
|Crosses (Successful / Unsuccessful)||4 / 14|
|» Short (Successful / Unsuccessful)||225 / 27|
|» Long (Successful / Unsuccessful)||27 / 20|
|» Own Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||130 / 9|
|» Oppositions Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||129 / 52|
|Throw-ins (Successful / Unsuccessful)||50 / 11|
|» Inside Box / Outside Box||13 / 4|
|Tackles (Won / Lost)||6 / 1|
|Duels (Won / Lost)||21 / 19|
|» Ground Duels (Won / Lost)||15 / 16|
|» Aerial Duels (Won / Lost)||6 / 3|
|Fouls (Committed / Suffered)||4 / 2|