We are just over halfway through the 2014/15 season and fans are debating amongst themselves who has been the best player this season. In his The Boot Room column, Karan Gadhia takes a look at some of the main contenders.
Diego Costa made a blistering start to the season with 7 goals in his first four league games and has since found the back of the net many times since to bring his goal tally to 15 strikes in 18 appearances. The way he has adapted to the Premier League after his move from Atletico Madrid should not be a huge shock due to his physical presence and has been the world class striker that Chelsea have been missing for years. If he can continue his fine scoring form and help Chelsea win the league title then he surely has to be in contention for player of the season.
Another summer signing for Chelsea from La Liga – Cesc Fàbregas returned to the Premier League after a 3 year stint at Barcelona and has become an even better player. The Spaniard has made a wonderful start to his Chelsea career with 14 assists in 19 league games and is on course to beat Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a season. Alongside Nemanja Mati? the duo have formed arguably the best midfield partnership in the league with the Serbian being more defensive minded and Fàbregas able to pick out a pass and deliver the ball perfectly.
Sergio Agüero is just one goal behind Diego Costa, with 14, despite spending part of the season injured. After the heartbreak of losing in the final of the World Cup this summer he has made such a good start to the season according to the Manchester Evening News his Manchester City teammate and compatriot said “Unfortunately he’d struggled with injuries last season and it continued into the World Cup – but it would have been different with him 100 per cent fit.” He is one of the most deadly strikers in the league due to his pace, pinpoint finishing.
After scoring 2 goals in 4 games at the World Cup Alexis Sánchez has continued his fine form into his maiden Premier League season having a hand in 19 goals in 20 league appearances which is just over half of all of Arsenal’s goals this season. The Chilean has shown off his versatility as he has played on both flanks as well as a striker this season. The summer signing has lived up to his £35 million price tag and has been a consistent performer in Arsenal’s poor season so far.
This might be a surprise choice to some people, however Wayne Rooney has dealt with being handed the responsibility of captaining his club and country this season. He has helped youngsters such as Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair and the new signings integrate into the first team squad. Furthermore, he has had to adapt to a new position for Manchester United and has still managed to play a part in 12 goals in 16 Premier League appearances. Despite many of the new signings being injured for the majority of the season, Wayne Rooney has captained his side in a remarkable turnaround compared to a disastrous 2013/14 season.
Sir Alex Ferguson once said “A great goalkeeper is worth 15 points over the course of a season” and the phrase applies perfectly to David De Gea. This season he has had a shaky defence in front of him but has still managed to shine as he made outstanding saves in the closing stages of games against Everton and West Ham. In the match against Everton he also became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty from Leighton Baines. These performances have helped him to win the Manchester United player of the month award in October and November. There are rumours of a move to Real Madrid however, Manchester United fans will be hoping he extends his current contract which currently has 18 months left to run.