Okley dokely I kick off with the one and only RVP (or MVP) as I’m calling him. Now in my previous blog from the 19th August, whilst acknowledging his quality I did not feel he was what Manchester United needed most at that time (a midfielder definitely and with the injuries potentially a defender). I still think this, but RVP has shown us exactly why Fergie brought him in. 8 goals (11 in total), a number of assists and brilliant forward play has essentially got United to the top of the Premier League – despite the fact they are conceding a lot of goals. People talk about his goal against Arsenal being seminal, but it was his hat-trick against Southampton that stood out for me – after a shocking penalty miss, he kept going (prolly very scared of what the manager may whisper in his ear), got a poachers goal to equalise and then a classic header for the winner. 24 million well spent Mr Ferguson would say. If he stays fit, they won’t lose the title on goal difference – that’s a guarantee.
Now onto my second player. I won’t lie, all 4 are attacking players and next is someone I can honestly say aint my favourite player but this guy is a top notch player when he actually concentrates on playing football. Yes I’m talking about a certain Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz to give him his full name. A marmite player if ever there was one, but in a stuttering start to Liverpool’s season he is a massive ray of light. 8 goals (he is virtually single handedly keeping the red half of Merseyside afloat). One word that for me sums up Suarez is that he is a Pest. Now let me explain – I mean that in a good way, he does not give defences a minutes peace and the damage he can cause can be devastating – ask the Norwich and Everton defences – he ran riot. Yes he does have an edge and has fallen foul of the authorities whilst playing in England (sometimes of his own doing) but he is the classic type of player that fans love if he plays for their club, but hate if he doesn’t. If he stays fit and gets some support up front – Liverpool’s season may just go from strength to strength.
Right next is a man I keep asking the same question about – HOW GOOD IS JUAN MATA??????? This guy for me has been a revelation this season. He was brilliant last season, but I felt because Chelsea played a more conservative game then and you only saw glimpses of what he was capable of. This season with Chelsea attacking from all quarters – he has been the one of the three musketeers (Oscar and Hazard aint too shabby either – a bit more on these two later) who has looked the absolute business. Goals, assists, classic midfield play of getting up and down the pitch and generally causing havoc to opposition sides all round the pitch. One thing to bear in mind, this guy struggles to get a game for his national side (understandably if you know anything about Spain’s midfield options) but I reckon on his current form he’d get into any other national sides midfield in the world, not even to mention virtually every club side in the world, he has been that good IMO this season, and at just over 23 million a season ago it seems a snip now. In my opinion if Chelsea are to mount a sustained title challenge and defend their Champions League crowd they will need the Spanish maestro to continue his excellent form.
Now before I move onto the player I think has been the best so far in the Prem League some special mentions:-
Shane Long – a scorer and goal maker for a quietly efficient and solid West Brom Team, they are 5th in the table and there by rights and he has been a major part.
Raheem Sterling – the other ray of light at Liverpool. This 17 year old is a star in the making. A great season so far and has not looked out of place in the Premier League.
Kevin Nolan – West Ham have had a great start to the season (they are currently above both Arsenal and Tottenham) and this is the man that makes them tick – 5 goals in 11 matches, assists and as captain a proper leader amongst men – passing on the message of his manager superbly. Leads by example and at the moment all is well down at the Boleyn.
Gareth Bale – stand out player in a Spurs team that can on occasion flatter to deceive. Outstanding performance at Old Trafford just one of many. Only concern for the Tottenham fans is that if he continues to produce as he has been, other clubs will come a sniffing.
Oscar and Eden Hazard – The two other musketeers to Juan Mata. Both these players have settled in brilliantly to the Premier League, Oscar’s goals have been outstanding and Hazard’s wing play out of this world. Worryingly for the rest of the league surely they can both only get better!!!!!!!
Ok, now onto the man who I feel has been the star so far this season and unfortunately for my team, I got first hand viewing as he powered a header into the back of the net at Goodison Park on Monday 20th August :(. Yes folks I’m talking about the big haired giant that is Marouane Fellaini. Now how can I describe this man – marauding, strong as an ox, goal scoring, goal making, goal stopping midfielder and on his day definitely unplayable. His performances this season have been outstanding, the one against Man Utd was brilliant, but the one against Fulham was out of this world – simply amazing. He has curbed his temperament issue which used to get him into trouble and booked on a regular basis, but age and experience of the Premier League has helped and he in my opinion is one of the most complete midfielders in the world. As I described it to an Everton supporting friend “he can play holding mid, attacking mid and up front – scores goals, sets them up” – what a player!!!!!!! and the other thing I mentioned to my friend (something they did not want to hear) – if he does continue with this fantastic form – the suitors will be sniffing around him come January and the summer.
So what do you reckon peeps – you’ll have your own opinions let me know what you think.