The EPL's Elite Performers
February 24, 2015
The English Premier League is entering the crunch time of the season! With 12 rounds to go numerous clubs have plenty to play for. Whether it’s the race for the title, the fight to finish in the top 4, wrestling for a Europa League spot or the dreaded battle to avoid relegation; every team wants to be at their best for every remaining match. It’s time for the big guns who haven’t yet delivered to step up while the stars of the season so far will want to continue their classy campaigns. There have been some superb performers in the league in 2014/15 so let’s highlight a few heroes who’ve hit the high notes already!
Chelsea’s Signings See Silverware
Chelsea would have won the trophy at a canter last year had they had a striker who could score. Now with a third of the season remaining they have one hand on the silverware and one man up front is a big reason. In his first year in English football Spanish star Diego Costa has scored 17 goals in just 20 games for the League leaders. His highlights include a hat-trick against Swansea at Stamford Bridge, while he’s also bagged 2 braces. The striker’s strong up front but his deft dribbling and amazing link up play has also seen him provide 2 assists.
While we’re on assists nobody has racked up more than another off season signing for Chelsea. Cesc Fabregas has 15 of them so far. The midfielder has also made the most goal scoring chances as well as hitting the target himself twice. The Ex arsenal captain has fed his Blues teammates brilliant balls, putting plenty of passes on a platter.
Another double act has the Spurs seriously contesting the top 4! Harry Kane aptly named ‘Hurricane’ because he blows oppositions away has netted 14 goals in a breakout season. The 21 year old is demonstrating pace and power up top, and his prolific finishing is something that’s been missing in Tottenham’s front line in recent years. The Tottenham product has scored crucial goals for the Coys especially recently. He earned, then slotted a pressure penalty in injury time to rescue a point against West Ham in his side’s last match while he also he stunned Arsenal with 2 second half goals to lift his club to a famous North London Derby triumph in early February. Teammate Christian Eriksen knows a thing or 2 about match winners. The Dane has struck 6 game winning goals in the EPL this season; 4 of them coming after 85 minutes! The midfielder’s proven clinical from free kicks and is just 1 goal shy of double digits.
Superb Spanish Shot-stopper
David de Gea hasn’t scored once but crucially he’s stopped plenty of goals for Manchester United! After struggling in his early days at the club the Spaniard has been a shining light in a dull season from Louis Van Gaal’s men. The 24 year old may have only kept 7 clean sheets but he’s made 73 saves, some simply spectacular! Man United are the fourth best defensive team when it comes to goals conceded….. And that’s not due to their desperate defending. De Gea’s dazzling displays have Spanish giants Real Madrid hunting his signature.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez may be having a quiet run of late by his standards but the Chilean has been the Gunners go to man most of the season. Having joined from Barcelona after an excellent World Cup the pressure was on the striker to deliver. Sanchez has scored 12 goals for the Londoner in 23 league appearances while he’s also averaging an assist every 3 games. His fast feet, flare and finishing ability has been a joy to watch but it’s his dogged determination and willingness to work just as hard in defence that has the Gunners faithful constantly singing his name.
Santi Carzola’s also been brilliant for Arsenal while honourable mentions must go to the likes of Manchester City sharp shooter Sergio Aguero, Liverpool duo Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho and of course Chelsea’s wizard Eden Hazard. With some huge matches still to go who’s going to be the main man for their team when it really counts?