With the first quarter of the season over in the Barclays Premier league, the league table is starting to shape up properly. Now the teams can more or else identify the realistic targets which are beckoning them. In this period lot of players have shined for their respective clubs to help them stay where they are. Let us see the best players in each position and the stand out coach……
Goal Keeper: David De Gea
Degea was heavily criticised by critics for his performances when he joined Manchester United in 2011. However, the young Spaniard did not let the early disappointment bother him and gradually grew into his position. He immediately proved is haters wrong, as he won the PFA goal keeper of the year award the very next season in 2013. Since then he has been a prolific figure at the back for the Reds defence. Last time around when United had very little to cheer about, Degea was the biggest positive for the club as the Spaniard was voted as the teams best player. He carried the same form into this season.
After defensive rocks such as Vidic and Ferdinand left the club in the summer, Degea had to hold the fort for an inexperienced defence. The Spaniard was up to the challenge as he saved Manchester United on more than one occasion this season to help them team get valuable points. Notably his heroics against Everton and Arsenal helped his team get all three points. As Degea had to do all on his own, he gets the nod ahead of Thibaut Courtois, who has the luxury of a rock solid defence in front of him.
Defender: John Terry
‘Form is temporary and class is permanent’ — John Terry is the best example for this old saying. For the last few seasons many have been questioning the ability of the retired English centre half. Many called for his head and some critics even urged Chelsea to buy a replacement for him. However, their manager Mourinho saw the real potential in him and backed him in getting back the lost form. Terry did just that as he produced a calming influence in the defence to steady the ship at the back this season.
Chelsea are sitting at the top of the table after securing 32 points from 12 games. Most of the credit have been gone to their attackers, however one should not forget the teams defensive performance. They have conceded only 11 goals and that is mainly due to the English man. He has formed a great partnership with Gary Cahill at the back and offered great protection for their goalkeeper. At the age of 33, many thought Terry is past his prime but, he proved his haters wrong by starting all their 12 league matches and impressing in them all. With performances of this calibre he certainly proves that age is is just another number for him.
Midfielder: Cesc Fabregas
No wonder another Chelsea player has made the list. When Barcelona deemed Fabregas as surplus to requirement, many believed that his best age was behind him. However, Mourinho bought him under the noses of his former club Arsenal and revolutionized the midfielder as the midfielder is enjoying a great start to life at Chelsea.
The 27-year-old midfielder has played in all games this season has the most assists in the league with 10. He has been at the hub of everything which Chelsea has did good this season. He doesn’t need time to adopt in the premier league, as he knows the league like the back of his hand due to his time with Arsenal. However, many were surprised with the way he has adopted among his new teammates. His link up play with the likes of Hazard, Oscar and especially Diego Costa has awestruck the viewers. Chelsea will hope that the Spaniard maintains this level, if they are to win their first league title since 2010.
Striker: Sergio Aguero
With the defending champions Manchester City struggling to reach the heights which they reached last season, one can presume where the club would have been if the mercurial Argentinian was not fit for them. Manchester City are currently sitting third in the league with 24 points, which is the same number of goals the club has scored this season. If they take the 12 goals scored by Aguero in the league, blues of Manchester may not even be in the top half of the league.
The 26-year-old Argentine is currently the top scorer in England. With Negredo going on loan to Spain and his other strike partners Dzeko and Jovetic struggling for form, the pressure was huge on Aguero to perform. He answered the crisis calls and has been in great goal scoring form for the blues this season. He has made something out of nothing happen for the club during difficult situations. At times he has carried the team on his own with great individual performances. If City are to retain the title, Aguero needs to keep this form going.
Manager: Ronald Koeman
Saints endured one of the worst summer in their life after a mass exodus took place at the club in the last window. As many as 10 players including the likes of Lallana, Lambert, Lovren and Shaw left the club after their manager Mauricio Pochettino moved for Tottenham Hotspur. The club was in absolute disarray when Koeman took charge of the club. He cleverly used the money which the club received from the players sale and brought seven new recruits.
Thus began the Saints revolution…. The club defied the odds to sit at second position in the league table with 26 points. Further they have conceded the least goals in the league with six. That cannot take away the beautiful football the club are playing, as they have the second best goal difference in the league with 18. The Dutch managers revolution has left many wondering the prospect of the team finishing in the top four this season. Whether they finish in the top four is another question, however the way Koeman has gone about his things has made him the manager of the season so far.