Over the coming weeks between now and the end of the Premier League season, The Boot Room will be publishing two articles a week on Tuesdays and Fridays to assess who has been the best player in their position throughout the 2015/16 campaign. Each of the 11 articles will have a group of our Top 5 stars in each role, but we need you to help put the final team together. Using the poll at the end of the article, you can voice your opinion as to who is the best choice of the five available and then in the final week of the season, the full eleven will be revealed.
It seems only natural to start with the goalkeeping position, so read on to make your choice of the best five shot-stoppers of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Arsenal’s sole summer acquisition from Chelsea was always envisioned to have a significant impact on The Gunners, and so it has proved. Despite a decidedly shaky start to his Premier League career at The Emirates; letting in some dodgy goals against West Ham United as Arsenal slipped to an opening day defeat at home, but has been somewhere approaching flawless ever since. Once his signature was secured during the summer, several pundits and John Terry himself were predicting the number of Premier League points that Petr Cech would be worth for Arsenal, with the general consensus falling somewhere around the 12-15 mark. With a few weeks still remaining of the 2015/16 season, it certainly appears as though Cech has already achieved this figure if not surpassed it.
Of course, it is difficult to define a specific number due to the famously crazy nature of the Premier League this time around, but what is beyond debate is the invaluable influence that he has had on the defence in front of him. The giant Czech ‘keeper may claim that much of that is down to the fact that he communicates with his individual defenders in separate languages, but Cech’s actions do all the talking for him. Commanding in his penalty area under the high ball, boasting a huge span that allows him to stretch to the very corners of his goal, and surprisingly agile across the ground, Cech fills his back-line with confidence, making Arsenal a much more complete unit.
At the time of writing, Arsenal were 12 points ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League standings, an incredible turn-around considering that The Blues overcame their London rivals by that same margin in the last campaign. Petr Cech was the only signing of note for the season, so his impact on Arsenal’s consistency cannot be underestimated. Could he become the first player ever in the Premier League to win the title in consecutive seasons with two different clubs? We will find out in only a few weeks, but Cech’s displays for The Gunners should be revered regardless of how the team’s season ends up.
Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.
Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.
The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.
However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.
Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.
Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.
According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.
Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.
The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.
However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.
Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.
Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?
The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.
Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.
The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.
While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.
Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.
He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.
Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.
Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.
Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him
The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.
When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.
Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.
Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.
This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.
At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.
He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.
Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.
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