So we are half way through the Premier League season.
Rather than looking at the best and the worst as I did before my sabbatical from doing these pieces, I’d try and make up a good excuse for that but I had some important drinking to do enough said, I will look at our leagues current top three.
This team on GW19 was spearheaded by Sergio Aguero who was captain fantastic racking up 32 points by himself. Manchester City’s attack is a tricky one due to rotation, but an in form and in the team Aguero is as potent as anyone, with the exception of Harry Kane.
The midfield screams potential points with Mohamed Salah, Edin Hazard, Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Salah has been a points machine all season and is in around 60% of teams. Hazard has had a hit and miss season but on his day there are few better plays in the Prem and he will get points. Sane has been on fire this season for City and will continue to pick up points as part of their blistering attack. Mahrez and Loftus-Cheek are the cheaper options but are both capable of bagging decent points.
Nicholas Otamendi and Ben Mee are the defensive stand outs.
For a defender Otamendi of late has had a remarkable knack for popping up with goals. Mee is a member of a Burnley defence which continues to impress despite the loss of Michael Keane and Tom Heaton. Nick Pope is also in the squad who has managed to fill Heaton’s gloves wonderfully.
Captain Salah was the catalyst this game week racking up 20 points. He is almost a guaranteed starter, and the one week he was rested he came on and scored a brace anyway.
The strike force of Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy will provide a steady stream of points.
Lukaku hasn’t managed to continue his early season form, but he will always pop up with goals nonetheless. Vardy is enjoying a good run of form in line with Leicester City’s rise into the top ten.
In the midfield the star along side Salah is Man City’s Raheem Sterling. He is having probably his best Premier League season and is certainly enjoying his best form since his move from Liverpool. This is good for England along with the continued form of the likes of Kane and Kyle Walker.
Richarlison is also in this midfield. Watford’s form has dropped off a cliff, as have his points return. If Watford can turn it around, no doubt Richarlison will follow suit.
Cesar Azpilicueta and David de Gea are the defensive stand outs.
Dave has the most assists of any defender this season, I think, and also takes points from Chelsea’s steady stream of clean sheets. De Gea’s season has been so good people have started to talk about him as the best keeper in the world. One thing that is certain is that he keeps a lot of clean sheets and makes a lot of saves. His value has sky rocketed to nearly £6 million, but some would say he is worth it.
This is a team spearheaded by a certain Harry Kane, who at the time of writing this has just broken Alan Shearer’s calendar year goal record and currently has the best goal to game ratio of any European based player to score over 50 goals this season. This is better than some bloke called Lionel Messi, no the name means nothing to me either.
The strike force is completed by Wayne Rooney and Lukaku. Rooney has been in blistering form since Sam Allardyce took over at Everton making him a really viable option, at least until Everton have a chance to look to bring in a striker in January.
In midfield the stand out not discussed above is Kevin De Bruyne who was the captain this game week. He has the most assists this season in the top flight and is an important part of City’s attacking brilliance.
In defence Ben Davies has managed to survive despite being in and out of the team since Danny Rose’s return to fitness. His blistering start to the season has slowed dramatically and the rotation of full backs at Tottenham Hotspur is a frustration for many given their point making potential when on the pitch. Sead Kolasinac is also in the team. He has picked up good points this season though he has not played for a few weeks.