Top 5 Early-Season Performers In The English Premier League
The famed English Premier League season has started with some incredible performances from some usual suspects as well as some bright up-and-coming young talent.
Through six fixtures, the top of the table looks very different than the English Premier League that fans and supporters have come to know. A much-maligned Arsene Wenger and his exuberant Arsenal squad sit atop of the league table, two points ahead of Tottenham and Liverpool; Chelsea occupies a very familiar fourth-place position under new manager Jose Mourinho in his second stint at Stamford Bridge. Southampton has been the true surprise of the early season as they sit remarkably in fifth position having only conceded two goals all season. Last season's runner-ups, Manchester City, sit one point off of Southampton's pace as they lead the Premier League in goals scored with 14.
The biggest disappointment thus far is occurring on the red side of Manchester as David Moyes is struggling to replicate the success of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester United sit in an unfamiliar position, eighth place in the table. Surprisingly, the Red Devils have conceded as many goals as they have scored.
With so many new players coming to the Premier League during this past summer's transfer window, the shift in power may be eminent. There are new managers occupying some of the most highly pressured post in the Premier League and some may not prove to be up for the challenge.
Nonetheless, sports are about the acquisition of talent and eventually it comes down to the performance of each manager’s players on the pitch. The players on this top-five list have been as good as any one in the world so far this season and have proved to be decisive playmakers and goal scorers for their respective teams.
5. Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris has been nothing short of spectacular this season. The French International displays rare cat-like quickness and uncanny instincts to sweep up plays when his defense is under pressure. Lloris has only given up two goals this season to lead the Premier League. Lloris is the No. 1 reason Tottenham Hotspur sit second in the Premiership table.
4. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney may have started the season disgruntled, full of rumor and controversy, but no one can ignore the impact he has had on Manchester United so far this season. Rooney looks like the only United player interested in winning at times during matches this season. The England International has three goals and numerous assists so far this season operating in the No. 10 role. No one can blame Rooney for the three loses already this season under new manager David Moyes.
3. Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge looks a threat to score goals every time he sets foot on the pitch. The England International has been Liverpool's best player this season in the absence of suspended superstar Luis Suarez. He's the Premier League leader in goals scored so far with five. It will be interesting to see how manager Brendan Rodgers ingratiates Suarez back into the team to help Sturridge carry the load.
2. Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey has been a pleasant surprise this season. It is as if Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger acquired a major signing this season in the transfer window besides Mesut Ozil. Ramsey has been Arsenal's best player, scoring six goals in all competitions so far this season, having never scored more than four goals in a season prior to this one. The Wales International has been a revelation this campaign for the Gunners and is a big reason why Arsenal sit atop of the English Premier League table.
1. Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure quite simply put has been one of the best player in the world this season, along side Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He wins balls in defense and picks apart the midfield with intricate passes and is clinical in front of goal. Toure is the most versatile player in the world. He can play centerback, can play any position in midfield and is skilled enough to line up as a forward in almost any team. Toure leads Manchester City in goals this season with six already. As he continues to astonish soccer pundits, supporters and writers with better performances each and every week.