Sometimes the individual plays his socks off in a team whose poor performance is almost a mockery of his herculean efforts. Below are five such men.
Manchester United's troubles this season have been dissected, discussed and analysed every which way. Whilst pinpointing Manchester United's weaknesses is not an easy task, is it Moyes? Is it the midfield? Is it Ed Woodward?
What is beyond doubt is that Wayne Rooney has been the shining light and at times the sole positive at Old Trafford. After a pre-season working on his fitness Rooney came storming out of the gates like a bull, scoring ten goals and setting up a further nine. It is only the jaw dropping form of Aguero and Saurez that has stopped Rooney being in the running for a golden boot.
West Ham sit outside the relegation zone by only one point. With manager Sam Allardyce now favourite be the next man jettisoned it's fair to say that their season so far has been a poor one.
The stand out player for the east London outfit has been Ravel Morrison. Tipped for success almost universally provided he stays focused on football, Morrison has been impressive this season. Against Tottenham Morrison had the talent and awareness to exploit the Spurs high line. Perhaps more tellingly he has the highest pass completion rating of any West Ham
player who has played a significant number of games.
Martin Jol's transfer policy at Fulham may have been the footballing equivalent of a car crash but there was one transfer that he got right. Fulham may have lost a good quality keeper with Mark Schwarzer but replacing him with the Dutch international Maarten Stekelenburg who is ten years his junior was a definite upgrade.
After a start restricted by injury Stekelenburg has performed well for Fulham. Regularly pulling off saves that would have kept stronger sides in the game. So far he is probably the only member of the defense that his new manager isn't debating replacing. Still he must look at Roma's title challenge in Serie A and wonder if he made the right move.
Before the start of this season Delph looked set to be a player who never came close to reaching his potential. After breaking through at Leeds in the 2006-07 season Delph bounced around the fringes at Villa Park until last season when he started to get some significant game time.
This season though he has really kicked on forming a solid central midfield partnership with Ashley Westwood sparking long shot calls for an England call up.
Throughout their time in the Premier League Norwich have struggled to find the back of
In the summer transfer window Chris Houghton focused on changing this signing Gary
Hooper and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.
The later has failed to cut it in the English top flight but Hooper has been impressive. After missing the start of the season through injury Hooper has four goals in eight starts. In each game he has scored Norwich have gone onto pick up points.
In a team that is likely to be in and around the relegation zone all season Hooper's contribution has stood out.
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