There’s always plenty of transfer gossip throughout the year with numerous players linked to clubs. So how much of this gossip is realistic and how much of it would be sensible for the clubs and players involved in it? These transfer gossip analysis articles take a look at the major gossip to try and answer […]
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Last season 5th. Andre Villas-Boas arrived in the summer along with elite talents Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris who immediately established themselves amongst the best in their position in the League. AVB got the team playing vibrant football and they were solid at the back but the season was ultimately all about the rise of […]
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An intriguing Premier League season wrapped up yesterday in what feels like a transitional season to a potentially explosive one next year given all of the changes that are coming at clubs throughout the table. There have been some excellent performances this year and this is my Premier League Team of the Season. Team of […]
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Chelsea have a problem in the middle of their defence and without fixing it they will struggle to win the Premier League regardless of who is manager. With John Terry having lost his legs, Gary Cahill looking unreliable and Branislav Ivanovic struggling there hasn’t been a solid partnership with David Luiz. Luiz himself has defensive […]
Following on from Part One of the Premier League IPL style auction, this will be players 20 to 11 in the countdown. This list is based on which player’s would be most valuable if the Premier players were re-assigned in an IPL auction format.
For further rules of the format see here
20 – Nani It might seem high for Nani to have gotten himself in to the top 20 but his attacking threat would make him a highly desirable property. He is capable of goals and assists and has a direct style. Last season was his best at United and it seemed as if he was starting to step in to Ronaldo’s shoes. He is capable of playing wide midfield or as a wide forward because he has now added a little bit defensive capability to his play. He’s gone off the boil a little bit this season, primarily because of injury, but also because of the number of options Ferguson has available.
19 – Thibault Courtois Is it too soon for Courtois to be ranked in the top 20? I would say he is absolutely ready. Courtois is, at 20, by a long way the best young goalkeeping prospect in the world. He has been absolutely outstanding on loan at Atletico Madrid where he has broken the club record for minutes played without conceding a goal, a run that stretched out over 800 minutes. In this format Courtois would be great value, able to be put in the first team for the best part of 15 years.
18 – Jack Wilshere This time next year he could well have forced his way in to the Top 10 but for now this feels right. Wilshere needs to show that he can stay fit over a long period and play at his usual high level for a consistent spell and then he will be ranked higher. Wilshere plays like a young Paul Gascoigne, all action, good passing, strong in the tackle and good running with the ball. His tempo setting and chance creating are improving all the time and he can only get better.
17 – Jonny Evans This season Evans has stepped forward to become Man United’s first choice central defender. Their record of clean sheets when he plays is so significantly better than when he misses out it is extraordinary. He is now a complete package at the back, able to get involved in physical or aerial battles as he always has been, but he is starting to become ever more capable on the ball and more comfortable moving forward in to midfield.
16 – Edin Dzeko Dzeko is a very dangerous physical presence, big and strong and able to hold the ball up. He is a dangerous finisher and has a particularly useful capability to score crucial goals or goals from the bench. He has shown that he has the capability to be a starter and is the kind of striker that is best when just left in the first team to ride through good and bad patches as he was in Germany. Capable of 20+ goals a season.
15 – Romelu Lukaku Lukaku is a monster of a physical specimen but is also a potent finisher. He is only 19 but already has 46 professional goals under his belt. He is tall, strong, powerful and quick and has great spring and agility. You couldn’t build a better striker physically. He is a calm and composed finisher when needs be but when he puts his foot through it his ball striking is as good as you will see. A little raw at times but so much potential.
14 – Jan Vertonghen Vertonghen arrived this summer and has been the best centre back in the league this season. He is incredibly consistent and there is never a bead of sweat on his brow. This is because his football intelligence is unparallelled amongst the top defenders in the league. He has a knack of being in the right place in the right time and has the composure to make tackles in the box cleanly. He is a footballing defender who loves the ball at feet and stepping forwards in to midfield. A real centrepiece player.
13 – Vincent Kompany There isn’t much to split the two Belgians but Kompany’s selfless, lay it all out on the pitch leadership just takes him slightly ahead of Vertonghen. If Lukaku is a machine built striker, Kompany is a machine built defender. Big, strong and powerful he gets himself in the way of the ball so often that it’s almost taken for granted. A complete defender in every way.
12 – Leighton Baines Baines is the highest ranked defender on this list because his overall value is so high. His crossing, set piece delivery and penalty taking mean that he is capable of double figure assists and 6 or 7 goals a season from left back. This year he is increasingly finding himself in the penalty box in open play and has to be accounted for at all times. You can’t let him glide forward unnoticed or he will cause chaos. Has the rare ability to take over a game from left back.
11 – Demba Ba For a Chelsea striker Ba is something of an under the radar player. At West Ham and Newcastle he scored goals with relentless efficiency and he has scored important ones at Chelsea since his move. His minutes per goals ratio is as good as any striker in the league over the last 3 years and has shown that he can score even without a high quality supporting cast which is ideal for this format.
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The ‘signing of the season’ can be quantified either by their effect on a big team, value for money or even their impact on a relegation battler. The below 5 are the best signings in the Premier League this season for a combination of the above reasons. Christian Benteke – Aston Villa Benteke moved to […]