Premier League: Players of the season - Part 1
A look at the top performers for each Premier League team
Arsenal | Santi Cazorla
In a season where Arsenal have been struggling to show consistency, their performances have been linked to the form of the Spanish playmaker. When he is on song, Arsenal play well. 11 goals and seven assists is an impressive return in the very first season for the Spaniard.
Runner Up | Jack Wilshere
Aston Villa | Christian Benteke
Benteke has proven himself to be the best amongst the Didier Drogba impersonators in the country. While his goals have kept Villa above the relegation zone, his overall gameplay is very impressive considering he pushed Darren Bent to the bench. Villa would do very well to hold on to him next season.
Runner Up | Andreas Wiemann
Chelsea | Juan Mata
In his two seasons in England, Mata has quickly established himself as the best playmaker in the Premier League. With 10 goals and 10 assists he leads the Premier League assist charts and his link up play with Hazard is a joy to behold.
Runner Up | Frank Lampard
Everton | Marouane Fellaini
Whether Everton make it to the Champions League places or not, Marouane Fellaini is one player who should be playing in the Champions League next year. The impressive Belgian has scored five goals and assisted another five. Even though his quality was always there to see he was not scoring as many goals. With Cahill departing this season Fellaini has stepped up his game.
Runner Up | Leighton Baines
Fulham | Bryan Ruiz
Even though the classy Berbatov wins all the plaudits in this Fulham side. Their most important player has been Bryan Ruiz. Even though he doesn't score many goals or assist them. His contribution cannot be measured in goals. With him in the side Fulham play a whole lot better. And when he was out injured for a part of the season, Fulham has a horrendous run.
Runner Up | Dimitar Berbatov
Liverpool | Luis Suarez
There are many detractors for Luis Suarez. His diving has created a ‘love to hate’ pantomime villain out of the Merseyside hit-man. But one thing that cannot be denied is this Uruguayan is one of the most talented players currently playing in the premier league. With Liverpool having only one senior striker for a major part of the season, he has taken on the mantle of chief provider and scorer for a struggling Liverpool side and leads the race for Golden Boot. And any ambitions that Liverpool hold for next season depends to a lot on Suarez.
Runner Up | Steven Gerrard
Manchester City | Matija Nastasic
In a season where Manchester City's title defense has been over even before it has really started, Nastasic has been a shining ray of hope. With Vincent Kompany struggling with injuries and Joleon Lescott losing the trust of the Manager, the 19-year-old Serbian has been a rock at the back for the reigning champions. His composure on the ball far belies his young age and this is the only transfer City got right in the past transfer window.
Runner Up | Carlos Tevez
Manchester United | Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie left Arsenal at the end of last season to win trophies and he might accomplish winning his first Premier League crown in the coming months. Many questioned Alex Ferguson for spending £24 million on a 29-year-old, but the Dutchman has repaid the amount in stunning fashion. Even though this United side have not been vintage their points tally is very impressive and it is in a large part due to this prolific Dutch maestro.
Runner Up | Michael Carrick
Newcastle | Yohan Cabaye
Newcastle were always going to struggle to reach the heady heights of last season. But one of the standout performers was Cabaye. It was indeed a surprise that none of the bigger clubs were tempted to bid for this established French international. Calm and composed passing and a thunderous shot make him very dangerous for the opponents. With Tiote struggling for form and Demba Ba sold in January, where Newcastle finish will depend heavily on Cabaye.
Runner Up | Moussa Sissokho
Norwich | Sebastian Bassong
Many predicted Norwich to struggle this season with Paul Lambert going to Aston Villa. And a start of the season 5-0 thrashing meant they were facing an uphill task to survive in the Premier League. But signing Bassong proved a masterstroke. His contribution on both ends of the field has ensured that Norwich city will still be a Premier League team come May.
Runner Up | Wes Hoolahan
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