The English football season is in its business end and now, we can fairly draw conclusions on the impact certain players and teams have had in the footballing scene. Some players burst into the scene whereas some didn’t. As we take a breather for a week from Premier League action, here are some of the hits this season.
Antonio conte changed Chelsea’s fortune from last season’s debacle, one man on the forefront was Diego Costa. Scoring at will,the Spanish striker has notched up 17 goals so far for the season and has often chipped in during crucial times. Tailing behind Arsenl’s Alexis Sanchez,The striker is also in the race for the Golden Boot and is currently fourth. One major reason for Chelsea’s run this season is his return to form from last year’s slump.
The talismanic striker from Sweden has definitely made his presence felt in England notching 15 goals for Manchester United. He also played a major hand in the EFL cup triumph contributing two goals in the 3-2 victory against the saints. He is another player who has stood up when his team needed him the most. At 35 years of age, Zlatan shows no sign of stopping.
One of the main players behind Liecester City’s title triumph was this man in the middle of the park. From crucial interceptions to having vital physical presence he has replicated the same after his move to Stanford bridge. He might as well be on his way to the podium as Chelsea look to seal the deal and win the title. Two leagues in two seasons sounds good! He is tipped to be one of the best Midfielders in the world right now.
The Belgian has regained his tough under Antonio and has changed fortunes for the blues.His incredible goal against Arsenal is reminiscent of his sublime form. He is creating chances and also taking a few of them himself, making vital contributions towards his team’s efforts. He has consistently fed the players in front of him with goal scoring opportunities.He is Antonio Conte’s main man in the blues lineup.
He arrived from Napoli to the Saints for a fee of £17 million. He has had an instant impact in the premier league scoring in four consecutive games for the side. He has brought back Southampton into the reckoning and also played a major hand against Manchester United.He deserved to hold the cup in his debut season with the club but failed to do so courtesy of a shocking refree decision that disallowed his goal. He surely looks to be a huge prospect if Southampton are able to hold on to him.He has scored 5 goals in 6 games so far in all competitions.
Snapped up from Southampton,Sadio Mané has proved his credentials in the big games for Liverpool . 2017 has been a inconsistent year for the reds so far but amidst all that,Mane has managed to net in crucial goals. Major ones being against Tottenham and Arsenal.He looks to be an amazing acquisition.
Bundesliga player of the year 2015-16 Henrikh Mkhitariyan moved to Manchester United in the summer. A lot was expected of the midfielder who initially misfired under José. But as time passes he has turned into a very important player in the line up. He has been awarded the “goal of the month” for his incredible scorpion kick enroute to a 3-1 win over Sunderland.If not for injuries,the Armenian has immense potential in England.
A new player in the blue outfit Marcos Alonso has impressed a lot of critics as he gains ground in England.He has been regularly included in the Lineup and has been playing really well.One of the emerging players in the league,Alonso has managed 4 goals so far in the 22 games,he has started.His stats are really impressive for a defender.He also has 2 assists behind his name.
The English striker has struck gold in the premier league. He has managed to be in the recoking for three seasons in a row in the goal charts. He has been a prominent figure for spurs as they chase down rivals Chelsea. He is a player with an eye for goals ,An instinctive striker. His impact on the international stage is vital for the success of the English football team. He has scored 19 goals so far and is in prime spot to chase down Romelu Lukaku.
Young,fast and talented, this young midfielder from England took the premier league by storm as he burst into the scene. He has amassed amazing stats for the season scoring 14 goals for spurs. He is one player with the capability to score absolutely stunners. His presence on and off the ball is fluid and is a testimony to Tottenham’s success in recent years.
Another Belgian in the list is Romelu Lukaku.He has definitely found his scoring touch again as he seeks to secure a Europa League spot for the toffees. He is the leading goal scorer in the premier league with 21 goals. His consistent form has helped everton to be in close pursuit of the top 6.Astonishingly each of his 21 goals have come from open play.
The strong defender joined Manchester United from Villareal. People knew very less on what to expect from the African. Bailey has proved his point .From making crucial interceptions and well timed tackles,he has been all over the scene. He has been Manchester United player of the month twice.He was sorely missed when he was unavailable for United during the African Cup of Nations and was struck by a nagging knee problem which confined him to the sidelines,but for now he is back and raring to go.
Alexis Sanchez has been the one man team for Arsenal this season scoring 18 goals. He has been the only positive in another mediocre season for the Gunners. He has been quite vocal about his discontent with the team’s performances. Speculations surrounding his exit is quite imminent. He surely needs a better stage to show his talent and superb work ethic.
The young midfielder has burst into the scene after some failed loan spells in various clubs. He has been an everlasting figure in the Chelsea lineup. He has recently been awarded with a new contract by Conte for his endeavors. He is an amazing prospect for Chelsea. He has been an everlasting presence in the wings. From a player who was loaned oftem,Moses has turned into an almost permanent candidate for Conte.
Another one man team,Sunderland. Jermaine Defoe has managed to shine. Scoring 14 goals for the team lying bottom of the Premier League table. He has rightfully won a call up for the England national team under new manager Gareth Southgate. Linked to other clubs, Jermaine may not be a part of a championship club next season. The drop looks quite evident.
There have been many such players who have impressed in the premier league.Not all can be included in a limited list.
Chelsea’s title thrust is on as they go 10 points up in the league.Nothing can stop the at the moment.The top 4 race is heating up .With potentially 5 teams looking for the remaining 3 spots on offer.It promised to be an exciting post -International break period in the Premier League.