Ranking The Top 25 EPL Players So Far This Season
Top 25 EPL Players So Far This Season
The 2013-14 English Premier League season has made for scintillating viewing thus far and with 14 games to go, plenty of twists and turns remain on the horizon.
Just two points separate the top three teams, with Arsenal leading the way on 55 points, followed closely by Manchester City and Chelsea. The biggest shock of the season has undoubtedly come at Old Trafford, where newly appointed manager David Moyes has failed spectacularly in succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United throne. Lying in seventh place on 40 points, United trail Arsenal by 15 points and look set to miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 19 years.
Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton will be hoping to beat United to fourth spot while Tottenham Hotspur are also eyeing Champions League qualification despite five and six-nil thrashings at the hands of Liverpool and City respectively.
The battle at the bottom of the table is even tighter with a six point gap between 11th placed Stoke City and last placed Fulham. The newly promoted sides have struggled during the first half of the season with Cardiff City in the relegation zone on 21 points and Crystal Palace and Hull City resting perilously close to the drop.
There has been 645 goals scored so far this season at an average of 2.69 per game and many defensive battles have taken place as teams fight for every point available. These are the top 25 Premier League performers so far this season.
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25. David Marshall
Scotland international goalkeeper David Marshall played a vital role in gaining promotion to the Premier League with Cardiff City and his fine array of skills may keep them there. Marshall has made several stunning saves for the Bluebirds this year and was recently rewarded with a four-year contract extension.
24. Jan Vertonghen
Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen is one of the most versatile defenders in the league and has the ability to play at centerback, leftback and in midfield. At just 26 years old, Vertonghen should be playing for one of the top teams sooner or later.
23. Phil Jagielka
Everton have conceded just 25 goals and have kept nine clean sheets so far this season. England centerback Phil Jagielka is a big reason for their success and his partnership with Sylvain Distin has become one of the strongest in the Premier League.
22. Dejan Lovren
Southampton have kept nine clean sheets this season and the summer signing of Croatian centerback Dejan Lovren has proven to be a bargain. Unfortunately for the Saints, Lovren is set to miss the next two months of action having suffered ankle ligament damage.
21. Loic Remy
On-loan Newcastle striker Loic Remy has been impressive following his summer move from Queens Park Rangers and his 11 goals have put the Magpies in with a shout of Europa League qualification.
20. Rickie Lambert
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert had a brilliant debut season in the Premier League last year and has managed to carry his fine form over to 2013-14. With seven goals and seven assists, Lambert is vital to the Saints' chase for Europa League football.
19. Branislav Ivanovic
Chelsea rightback Branislav Ivanovic has established himself as one of the best defenders in European football and his no-nonsense approach to the art has proven to be too much for many Premier League strikers.
18. Laurent Koscielny
Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny has developed a strong partnership with Per Mertesacker at the heart of the defense. Koscielny’s blend of pace and athleticism is rare among centerbacks and his fine form must continue if the trophy drought at the Emirates is going to end this season.
17. Steven Gerrard
Liverpool living legend and captain Steven Gerrard remains at the top of his game in the Reds’ midfield with six goals and six assists to his name so far. With rumors suggesting Gerrard may hang up his international boots following the 2014 World Cup, he will be looking to continue this fine run of form into the summer.
16. Jay Rodriguez
Southampton target man Jay Rodriguez has bagged himself 10 goals so far this year, as he looks to secure a place on the England squad heading to Brazil in the summer.
15. Asmir Begovic
Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has been Stoke’s star player over the last five years and was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United last term. The way things are going for the reigning champions this season, he’s probably glad he stayed in Stoke. Begovic scored his first career goal this year when his long kick bounced over Southampton keeper Artur Boruc.
14. Leighton Baines
England leftback Leighton Banes has been the jewel in Everton’s crown for many seasons and his improved defensive qualities have made him a great all-around player. Baines' set piece ability is an added bonus and he has three goals to his name so far.
13. Alvaro Negredo
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has taken the Premier League by storm since his arrival from Sevilla last summer. His nine goals have helped City reach second in the table and his combination of brute strength and delicate skillfulness has torn many defenses apart this season.
12. Mesut Ozil
German international Mesut Ozil became Arsenal’s record signing at a price of £44 million. The midfielder has hit the ground running with four goals and eight assists so far this season.
11. Daniel Sturridge
After five frustrating years attempting to establish himself in Chelsea’s starting lineup, England striker Daniel Sturridge fired out of the blocks at Liverpool and his partnership with Luis Suarez is arguably the most potent in the league. His 14 goals so far this season is third highest in the Premiership.
10. David Silva
Spanish magician David Silva has seven assists already this year and has chipped in with four goals, despite missing several games due to injury.
9. Vincent Kompany
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is one of the best centerbacks in world football and his leadership on the field has been instrumental in City’s success so far. Some nagging injuries have surfaced this season and keeping Kompany fit will be crucial for the title chase.
8. Per Mertesacker
After a rocky start to his Premier League career, Mertesacker has established himself as one of the best centerbacks in the world during his time with Arsenal. The league leaders have 11 clean sheets so far, level with West Ham for most by any team.
7. Petr Cech
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been one of Europe’s top performers over the last decade and the 31 year old shows no sign of letting up any time soon. The Blues have conceded just 20 goals from 24 matches so far in the league and Cech has pulled off many key saves.
6. Wayne Rooney
Despite his club struggling mightily this season, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney remains one the leagues’ top performers. With nine goals and nine assists, Rooney may be the man to get United a top-four finish.
5. Aaron Ramsey
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey had a phenomenal start to the season and Arsenal’s position atop the table is thanks in large part to the performances of the 23 year old. Currently sidelined through injury, manager Arsene Wenger will hope to have Ramsey back on the pitch in early March.
4. Eden Hazard
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is starting to live up to his lofty price tag, having joined the club from Lille for more than £30 million prior to the 2012-13 season. He is the Blues’ leading scorer with nine goals, and his five assists is also the highest amongst Chelsea players this season.
3. Yaya Toure
Ivorian powerhouse Yaya Toure has been an integral part of Manchester City’s midfield since join club in 2010. He is the only midfielder in the league with more than 10 goals and five assists this season.
2. Sergio Aguero
The form of Sergio Aguero has kept Manchester City in touch of top spot and the Argentine striker will play a massive role in the second half of the campaign. He has 15 goals and five assists in the league thus far.
1. Luis Suarez
Where would Liverpool be without Uruguayan hit man Suarez? Mid-table is probably the answer. Suarez leads the way with 23 goals scored already this season along with seven assists and will be the deciding factor in Liverpool's bid for European qualification this season.