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Transfer Talk: Part 1

Though it seems so far away, your site that gives you only the best for the world’s best league feels like we should share our analysis on what your PL club should do this summer.

Arsenal

The Gunners should solve their defensive crisis by buying a big-name center-back to add to their ranks or a prospect that could serve the club for years to come. Harry Maguire at Leicester is a decent fit for a club of such stature, whilst looking abroad, Savic of Atletico Madrid, Johnathan Tah at Bayer 04 or Daniel Rugani at Juventus are decent options to pull on the famous red shirt.

Arsenal should also consider letting Mesut Ozil go. The German is full of creativity, but is a highly controversial figure, and does not seem to turn up when it matters most. Either a change in attitude for Mesut, or he goes, and a midfielder of the sort should be brought in to replace him, like Julian Brandt or Ever Banega, despite the latter’s age.

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AFC Bournemouth

The Cherries are a good side, but soon Bournemouth faithful will start demanding for Europe soon, after all their seasons in the top flight. Eddie Howe should set his sights for a youthful center back to become Nathan Ake’s long term partner, and if Callum Wilson is truly set for the big time, Bournemouth must replace him. PL Analysis feel Che Adams could do the job for them.

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Brighton and Hove Albion

If Brighton wants to assure that next season they will not flirt with relegation, then they need a bunch of players. Mat Ryan is a great goalkeeper, so the Seagulls should do all in their power to keep the Aussie at the Amex. A decent replacement for Glenn Murray should be looked for, and a decent holding midfielder should be acquired during the summer.

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Burnley

The Clarets are capable of performing big, as 2017-18 showed and shocked all PL supporters. Burnley have a great squad, with youth on the rise, like Dwight McNeil, but they should make a bold step and sell Joe Hart. Tom Heaton has looked back to his best, and Hart as somewhat limited the chances of other England-international Nick Pope. However, Hart could still see a future in the PL, as Championship teams like Norwich who are fighting to be back in the PL, would need a good stopper like him.

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Cardiff

Life can be cruel. Emiliano Sala was the perfect fit for the Bluebirds in their battle to stay up. He had everything needed of a striker, the eye for goal, great work-ethic, decent pace. But, alas, the ruthless English Channel prevented what could have been a vital turning point in the relegation battle. Not only do Cardiff now need a striker, they would need to keep Victor Camarasa, on loan from Real Betis at Wales, as he is key to making the side tick.

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This is part one of a series on PL Analysis. Be sure to look out for more Transfer Talk in the coming weeks.

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Best French Players of the PL

Bonjour all lovers of the world’s most loved league. You came here, not only because this site is awesome, but you were curious to see who we at PL Analysis think are the best players of the PL that originate from good ol’ France. Or as the native will put it: les meilleurs jouers francais. The awesomeness of Google Translate.

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6. Willy Boly

The Ivory Coast Football Team has come up with a proposal to Willy for let him play for the Elephants of Africa, and if he accepts, who can blame him? France have the aggressive Samuel Umtiti and the composed Raphael Varane as their first-choice center-backs, and after them Didier Deschamps has the pick of Aymeric Laporte, Presnel Kimpembe, Kurt Zouma, Adil Rami, Clement Lenglet, Sakho and so much more. At 28, it would be ideal for the big man to swap the iconic dark blue for another stint with orange.

But despite international conflicts, Willy has proven to us at PL Analysis that he is one supreme player. He is ever ready to defend, as his last ditch tackle against West Ham earlier in the season shows, yet pops up at crucial moments to guide his side to valuable points. His goal against City would have ensured him the adoration of the Pack, and his performance this year brings him on onto this oh-so-prestigious list.

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5. Anthony Martial

Football365 posed a question about whether Tony Martial is the next Eden Hazard. Well if he continues playing like this then for all we know he could be on stage with the Ballon D’or award in his hands. Okay, we might be exaggerating a bit, but Anthony Martial, in all honesty has been frightening this year. For a man who many United loyals felt was not playing for the badge, he has scored 9 PL goals and has had 2 assists. His overall play has been good, but if there would be only one thing that would have ensured Martial a place on this list, it would be that goal against Fulham. Click the link and watch “the French Ronaldo” at his best.

https://www.nbcsports.com/video/man-uniteds-anthony-martial-doubles-lead-over-fulham

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4. Moussa Sissoko

It seems that ever since N’golo Kante has been shifted to attacking duties, everyone has realized that there are other excellent, Energiser powered box-to-box midfielders in the PL. One of such is Moussa Sissoko, who, ironically, was considering a move away from England. However, with his namesake gone to China, his career has been completely revitalized by Pochettino and he has cemented a place on the list of several Spurs cult heroes.

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3. Aymeric Laporte

Laporte is what you would call a true Guardiola player. He was already a decent player at Athletic Club but his record move to the blue side of Manchester has enhanced his game. He is composed, makes clean, yet crucial tackles that most defenders will never dare attempt, and, if that is not good enough, he can play as a sweeper, like German legend Sammer, playing awesome passes that lead to goal-scoring chances. In fact, Aymeric Laporte, to us, is capable of being a rock in Les Blues for years to come, but as and when Didier Deschamps puts down the croissants and actually sees this man play, then he has to be content with being the PL’s best French defender.

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2. Paul Pogba

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Rob Siltanen

It’s good to see that two things about Paul Pogba that we are fond of have not changed.

Firstly, he has not given up on haircuts.

And secondly, it’s good to know that the creative, world-class, leader Paul Pogba who was stifled for so long by the”Special One” himself is still around and is imposing himself on football matches. 16 direct involvements in 14 games?! It will take a true boss to beat you to top spot…

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  1. N’golo Kante

And step forward the boss… N’golo Kante!!!

It seems pretty silly, almost stupid, to play the world’s best defensive midfielder, the man who won his teams titles, the only man with five hearts and a dozen lungs, as an attacking midfielder. Many players would have complained, or even revolted but not our man here. Despite his immense contributions when Chelsea are playing well, he still completes his defensive duties. If any one should be Chelsea Player of the Year, it should be N’golo Kante, one of the few legends who quietly does his job.

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Best 6 defenders (CBs) so far.

The defender. More precisely, the center-back. After the goalkeeper, they are arguably the most criticized players on the entire pitch when they do wrong, but, like our chums the goalies, they are given their deserved props when they do their job well. And we here at PL Analysis feel that we should reward the best 6 defenders of the league with a spot on our site. Nope, no award yet. Keep fingers crossed lads.

6. Sol Bamba

Where would Cardiff been without Sol Bamba? Sure Neil Etheridge has been key to vital wins with jaw-dropping saves, and converted right-back Paterson has been a real beast at times, and Cardiff would have been further up the table with the goalscoring prowess of the late Emiliano Sala, but Bamba has been a real force that has driven the bluebirds. He’s strong, quick and ever ready to play for his team. Largely to him, Cardiff has had 7 clean sheets, more than Man United, 3 goals extra, over 70 crucial interceptions, 156 recoveries and a 173 duels won. He’s a defender who should be playing for a team of a higher caliber.

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5. Willy Boly

Don’t get me wrong, Wolves have been extremely good this year. Patricio has been a stopper Arsenal fans have been dreaming to have, Jonny and Matt Doherty have been decent full-backs, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves stellar midfielders and Jiminez and Diogo Jota good in front of goal, but Boly, along with Connor Coady, have been one of the best defensive partnerships in the league. 5 clean sheets are only a little picture of what the Frenchman has done.

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4. Victor Lindelof

Iceman has been a revelation for Man United. Sure he is not your composed Aymeric Laporte or your bullish Harry Maguire, but what the Swede needed was time to develop. He was able to contain the big Salomon Rondon, play 10 minutes through an injury, shines with whoever he plays with, and earn the comparisons to Serb great Nemanja Vidic.

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3. Aymeric Laporte

Manchester City look on course to snag the PL title for the second year running. Like Wolves, they have a lot of players to thank: sweeper-keeper Ederson, the Silva bros, Kevin de Bruyne, and the ruthless Sergio Aguero. But Laporte has been an absolute revelation. His defensive side has been solid (12 clean sheets and he has been a passing wonder (130 successful long balls). An ideal successor to the ageing Otamendi and Vincent Kompany.

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2. and 1. Virgil van Dijk

There were considerations for the number 2 spot. Honest. There’s David Luiz, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Maguire, Joe Gomez and the like. But none of them have been better than the names mentioned here, despite Joe, who is on injury and cannot be fully considered. So we decided to put VVD, Liverpool’s supposed beast, at both the top two spots, because, truthfully, he has been domineering and proven to be one of the best, and potentially the best on earth in a few years, as Giorgio Chiellini, Sergio Ramos and Diego Godin are reaching the end of their fine careers. But if you don’t believe us, ask Opta, or basically every Liverpool fan on the planet.

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Any other defender you want in this list? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

 

EPL’s Top 7 Goalies so far

The Goalkeeper. The most important player on the field of play, according to Nate, in the hit series Big Nate. Though this statement may not be entirely true, goalkeepers are still really important, and their presence crucial if teams want to hold on to tight leads. Today we shall dive into a list of the best goalies of the PL so far.

7. Neil Etheridge

Cardiff may be 18th on the table as things stand, but if wasn’t for the gargantuan Philippine, they may have well have been sitting at the bottom of the table. Etheridge has been crucial to their survival hopes, able to pull off gravity-defying saves and has the psychic ability to position himself correctly so saves are much more easier to make. He has made a whooping 85 saves, and has 6 clean sheets, more than David de Gea. He also saved 3 penalties, something de Gea is yet to master.

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6. Lucasz Fabianski

Adrian, Adrian, Adrian. If we were you, we will be considering a move away from the Hammers soon, because the elastic Pole has grabbed the no.1 spot and is not willing to share. Fabianski has made 86 saves,the most in the PL, and some jaw-dropping ones as well. (Hunt down his worldie against United on Youtube.) His ability to adjust to the toughest of situations is part of the reasons why West Ham is in a pole position to grab a Europa spot.

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5. Rui Patricio

Many people think Wolves will be the next Manchester City, profiting from a wealthy takeover, snagging great players and becoming a force to watch. Nuno Espirito Santo has been one of the best coaches of the PL, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves A* midfielders, and Raul Jiminez and Diogo Jota clinical. At the back Matt Doherty, Boly and Coady solid. But one cannot forget Portugal’s no.1, and Wolves no.11, Rui Patricio. In fact, we think he’s so good that you should just go to Youtube and look for his awesome save against both Manchester teams.

Nah, we’ll give you a stat. He has 5 clean sheets.

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4. David de Gea.

Third most saves in the League(82) does not even guarantee the super Spaniard top-spot on our list. Despite the awesome use of the feet, his calmness under pressure, and his ability to baffle the best of strikers, de Gea has not done enough to snag no.1. This is because David has proved he can make mistakes (Like an absolute howler against Arsenal.), and has still not mastered the art of organizing his defence. But take those tiny flaws out and he’s one of the best in the league, if not the world.

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3. Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Basque-born keeper has finally proven to be the true replacement for Thibaut Courtois, and has of late been one of the most consistent ‘keepers of Sarri’s inconsistent squad, a true embodiment of the modern keeper: Athletic, Position on point, and is able to sort out his defence. He’s had 10 clean sheets, a good number for a new goalie, and has conceded a few 19 goals. 121 accurate long balls means Alisson and Ederson have a competitor to the best sweeper keeper in the League.

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2. Ben Foster

Javi Garcia must have negotiated one of the best deals of the season when he lured Benny Foster from West Brom. The English goalie had 7 clean sheets, in West Brom, and was arguably their best player, but at Watford he’s been even better. And this time we mean it. No stats. Watch his awesome save against Bournemouth and his performance against Burnley. 35 but still going strong. Like fine wine.

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  1. Alisson

13 clean sheets. 13 goals shipped in. 123 successful long balls. 29 passes per match. Transformed their defence. Top-notch positioning. The best sweeper keeper of the season so far. Match-winner. Confident. First on our list. Ladies and Gentlemen, Alisson Becker.

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Other good goalies this season: Tom Heaton, Ederson, Matt Ryan.

That’s all for now. Give us your true seven best goalies and be sure to look out for more posts on PL Analysis. Bring your pals. Keep(Get it?) Reading.

 

 

EPL Star Focus (PART 5): Sterling, Firmino, Mo Salah.

 

Hello. As we say goodbye to a fabulous 2018, let’s pause and take a moment to observe the best forwards of the season so far and conclude EPL Star Focus.

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Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah.

These, to PL Analysis, have been the best trio of forwards the PL has had to offer so far. Raheem Sterling, despite his other matches where City were cursed with the injury of their beloved Fernandinho and a tight match at good old Stamford Bridge, has been sublime.

Under Guardiola’s superb tutelage, especially in City’s prime when they won the title in style, breaking countless of records, Raheem has taken his game to a new level, combining his Sonic-like pace, fast feet, his small frame and his decent vision with clinical finishing and unselfishness to lay it on for others to score.

Sterlz has been a Guardiola regular, and has repaid his manager’s faith with goals, assists and a Player of the Month award as well. If only City hadn’t crumbled in December. Who knows? Raheem could have been an early contender and snatched that Player of the Year Award out of Mo Salah’s hairy hands.

Contenders to Sterling’s crown: Son, Hazard, Richarlison, Deleufou.

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“Man that is a good pic of me!”

Roberto Firmino, or Bobby, as he is called by the Kop, is not your typical striker. Frankly, till about last week, PL Analysis were looking at Aubameyang, Harry Kane or Raul Jiminez to snag this place, as they do what strikers are expected to do: score goals.

As we took time off to buy hot-dogs and watch the league leaders stroll past Newcastle, then Arsenal, we saw this weird-haired lanky guy, working his socks off to get himself space, to create chances so his colleagues could score,  striding back into his own half to steal the ball from his opponents,  leaving defenders on their backs with some expert trickery before scoring a Henry-esque goal, we knew that Berbeto deserved this position.

He’s one of the key players who’ve gotten Liverpool to where they are now. So Bobby, this is for you. Nope, still no award. Not there yet bro.

Contenders to Bobby’s crown: Aubameyang, Kane, Jiminez, Aguero, Wilson.

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“Boss mode on”

And finally, the man himself. The man who scored 32 record PL goals last season, earning himself the golden boot and Player of the Year Award. The man who was tagged a one-season wonder, but is leading the goal charts with 13 goals, and has a decent number of assists.

The man who lives up to his chant sung by his faithful fans, running down the wing, before bamboozling full-backs then scoring great goals. The man who gave up the chance of ending 2018 as the sole leader of the most goals, by handing a penalty he could’ve scored to Roberto Firmino, who was on a hat-trick.

The man who is learning the dark arts of diving. The man who seems not too pleased with having to battle his way to the first team with the Alpine Pele. Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for the man: Marcus Rashford.

Oh wait, it’s not Rash. Ohhhh, sorry. I meant Mo’ Salah everyone. Mo Salah it is. #SteveHarvey.

Other options to The Egyptian King’s crown: Riyad Mahrez, Willian, Shaqiri, Helder Costa.

So that’s it for EPL Star Focus. For now at least.  Happy New Year to all of you loyal followers and new fans. Spread the word and keep reading.

 

EPL Star Focus (Part 4): Gomes & Silva

Happy Sundays people. Welcome to part four of the beloved EPL Star Focus, where we toil as hard as we can to present to you who we feel have been the best players of this season so far. Disagree with our picks all you like. We run the show here. So get ready for EPL Star Focus IV!

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Andre Gomes (Central Midfielder)

This guy is one of the privileged few who can tell their kids that they’ve had the opportunity to play with the best soccer players in the world for the past decade: CR7, or C. Ro as they call him in Ghana, and Leo Messi.

The Portuguese enjoyed a rapid rise to professional footy, playing at a young age for Valencia C.F., dominating the midfield for Portugal as they took Europe by storm in 2016, and signing for one of the best clubs in the world.

But, unfortunately, there’s always someone who will be better than you, and Gomes experienced that quote by playing second fiddle to Iniesta and Rakitic.

After 2 years, he couldn’t warm the bench forever, and with the thought of his career slowly rotting away (like that of Arda Turan and Jeremy Mathieu), he choose to join the Toffees and show the world the silky midfielder he was once admired for being.

Fast forward to today, and you can just about say that Gomes made the right decision. He has impressed Goodison Park with his supreme attention to detail, his vision and his ability to create space and chances for his teammates.

He has had one assist so far, 623 passes and a pass average of about 52 per game. (He’s played only 12 games, mind you).

He’s created chances and has played 54 accurate long balls. He is not afraid to take a pop at goal, as his 12 shots show. He’s not shabby in defence, as his 44% tackle success rate, 88 recoveries, 21 successful 50/50s and his 17 successful aerial duels show.

As the end of the season approaches, Everton might have two things on their short-term to-do list: qualify for Europe and sign the Portuguese flair man permanently.

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David Silva (Central Midfielder)

Jamie Carragher made a bold claim when he said David Silva will take home the Player of the Year Award, especially with the performances of Liverpool’s frightening front three, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, who to me is the third best ‘keeper in the league. (It takes a lot more than positioning and good distribution to overthrow DDG and Ederson pal).

But we here can say that as the year draws to a close, David Silva has been the best midfielder in the PL this season.

With the absence of Kevin de Bruyne’s, a man crucial to City’s tital defence, Silva and Bernado Silva have had to take on the responsibility of creating constant chances whilst bossing the midfield, and the Silva brothers have done it without cease. Particularly David, who combines dazzling dribbles, his low centre of gravity and his vision to keep City’s title dreams alive.

He’s had 6 goals, one more than Alvaro Morata, including a whizzer of a free-kick. He’s set up two goals, and in 16 matches, the smallish Spaniard has made close to 1,000 passes. He’s created 7 big chances and has whipped in over 40 crosses. The pass king, as he referred to by young City fans, has had 5 through balls and 17 accurate long balls. But these stats only belittle his genius.

If you want to see pure Silva, watch his highlights against Huddersfield or Southampton at the Etihad in 2018. You’ll be awed. I guarantee.

Other options: Fabinho, Rejuvenated Paul Pogba, Kante, Eriksen, Bernado Silva, Joao Moutinho

That’s it for EPL Star Focus IV. Come back to see the final three spots up for grabs, and a glance at the full team. And take a peep at earlier posts as well. Merry Christmas and keep on reading.

EPL Star Focus (Part 3): Azpilicueta & Fernandinho

Buena noches readers and welcome to part 3 of EPL Star Focus, where we work our striped socks off to present to you who we think deserves the title of best player in their various positions in the PL so far. And if you disagree, write us a letter or an email. We will happily not read it. So, without much ado, EPL Stars III.

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Cesar Azpilicueta (Right-back)
Forget it Liverpudlians. Those of you who thought Alexander-Arnold will easily top this list were wrong. The English international may be good, scoring free-kick beauties and superbly marking Neymar in the Champions League, but he is not someone you can confidently tag as Mr. Consistent.

So we turn our heads to arguably one of the best center-backs of last year, who is now playing his former trade as a full-back to suite Sarri’s needs.

And, in a team who are trying to find constant success in their individuals, with David Luiz sometimes sluggish, N’golo Kante confused, Jorginho tired and Morata and Giroud lacking the strikers touch, Cesar has still maintained the levels his 86 rated card in Fifa 19 recquires of him.

He’s been vital to Chelsea’s 8 clean sheets, where only 16 goals has been shipped into Basque-born Kepa’s net. He has an impressive 62% tacking success rate, has blocked 2 shots, 18 interceptions and 35 clearances.

He’s won 89 duels and has had 6 successful 50/50s. An excellent defender like him hasn’t had any own-goals, nor any errors leading to goals. His attacking side boasts of 2 assists, 1306 passes, has created 4 big chances, 68 crosses, with a 22% successful crossing rate. He’s also had 19 accurate long-balls.

These stats should have won you hater to Cesar’s side. He deserves this. Felicidades Cesar. Yeah, I know. Yo hablo Espanol.

Other options: Alexander-Arnold, Trippier, Diogo Dalot.

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Fernandinho (Central defensive midfielder)

Karma exists. Let me tell you why. Almost a year ago, Pep Guardiola told the press that Spurs is a Harry Kane reliant team. Though that may have been true last year, it certainly is not the case now, as Spurs are thriving as a team as they chase Liverpool for their first ever PL Crown. City however seem to be crumbling.

This is partly due to fatigue, and the absence of certain players, including David Silva and this certain Brazilian baldie called Fernandinho.

Fernandinho is confidently now the best dirty business man in the PL as the former heir to that crown, Kante, is now the victim of change. He does the work of two men, and is vital to the way City plays.

Before we move on to his dirty work, we must say he is a pretty decent attacker, with a goal to his name and five shots on target. He’s had 3 assists and over 1200 passes. He’s created 3 big chances and has had over 46 long balls find their man.

Now to what he does best. He’s made 36 tackles, and has a stunning 83, yes 83%, tackling accuracy. He’s had 26 interceptions, 45 clearances, a 106 recoveries, 101 duels won and successful 50/50s.

He’s truly a man to marvel. However He’s 34 years and can’t be doing this forever. So this might be his first and last time he might be on this list as a young Uruguayan prepares to take the mantle of the best defensive midfielder.

Other options: Lucas Torreira, Gana, Sissoko, Doucoure.

 

So that’s part 3 of this show. Visit frequently to get updates on the full lists of stars. Formation is 4-3-3. (And one. Keepers. Forgive us.) Merry Christmas. Keep reading.

EPL Star Focus (Part 2): Van Dijk & Laporte

Y’ello. Welcome to Part 2 of EPL Star Focus. Today you’ll have an insight into the best center-halfs in the PL so far. So without further ado, focus your eyes to the rest of the story.

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  1. Virgil Van Dijk (Center-Back)

Around last year at this time, Virgil van Dijk was being pursued by Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea to be their center-back as each team sought the Dutch-born, pony-tailed, buff defender to be the rock of their team.

Virgil went to Anfield for a record 75 million pounds. He had the perfect debut, playing a vital role in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over their Merseyside rivals Everton, and even snagging a late goal for himself.

We all know what happened next. VVD is now the rock of the Reds, his self-imposed leadership and his great performances have seemingly inspired his defensive teammates around him, and is not afraid to get the goals if he is in the position to do so.

Van Dijk is even tipped to be the player of the year this season, but we’ve seen so many Liverpool players perform awesomely then wither, almost “slip up”, when it matters most: Torres back in 2009-10, Gerrard in 2013-14.

We can’t assure that now, but we can confidently say that Virgil is the best center back in the PL right now.

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“Darn it! I got a booger in my nose”

 

  1. Aymeric Laporte (Center-Back)

Like David Luiz, Aymeric is not the best old-fashioned aggressive center-back you’ll expect, sticking his head into any duel, barging players off the ball almost every time, and punting balls anywhere after nicking it back from strikers.

But, like the afro-haired Brazilian, Aymeric is confident to play football. So calm and composed on the ball, the French international has this Koeman aura around him, playing constant diagonals to his fellow full-backs, unafraid of taking on his opponents, and has the ability to play sensational passes that lead to goal-scoring opportunities.

And despite City’s poor run of results so far (Partly due to Fernandinho’s unavailability), Laporte must be singled out for his great contributions and his all-round performances as City hold  clean sheets so far.

Don’t worry big guy. Deschamps will notice you. He will.

Other options: Alderweireld, Joe Gomez, Mina.

Come back tomorrow to see Part 3 of EPL Star Focus. The formation is 4-3-3. (And 1. Keepers. So sorry you’ve been forgotten). Merry Christmas. Keep reading.

 

EPL Star Focus (Part 1): Foster & Robertson

Merry Christmas folks. Hoped you enjoyed yesterday’s preview to 26th’s hottest matches. Today we shall use the relaxed holiday atmosphere to select a pick of 11 solid players who’ve impressed us so much. Drum roll please: BUM-DA-BUM-DA-BUM: PL Analysis’s EPL Star Focus!

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“Better hope I’m in this list, for your own sake”

  1. Ben Foster (Goalkeeper)

In our goalie position, we’ve thought long and hard and come to the conclusion that not Alisson, not de Gea, not Ederson and not Rui Patricio deserve this spot.

Though they’ve all individually played an important role in their clubs so far, 35 year old Benny Foster deserves to be goalie of the 2018/19 season as it stands.

Gareth Southgate must be chewing furiously on his waistcoat that Big Ben doesn’t want a shot at international footy anymore, especially after Jordan Pickford’s recent poor form, because Foster has played an instrumental role in Watford’s current success and their hunt for a European place.

He’s now the Hornets no.1; Gomes now out of the spot, as his 18 appearances suggest. He’s made a whopping 49 saves, more than Kepa, Ederson, Alisson and Lloris, though these four don’t suffer the curse of playing with a back four of Kabasele, Cathcart and co. ( No offense big guys.).

Foster’s also made a penalty save, one that shocked Gylfi to the core, with his outstretched leg thumping the Iceland international’s kick away.

He’s had no errors leading to goals, has showed his ability to be a modern keeper with 20 sweeper clearances and his 165 accurate long balls.

But mere stats don’t show how good Ben is. His all-round performance against West Ham, including a De-Geaesque save to Snodgrass’s bullet header. Kudos Ben. You’ve deserve this. No award though. We’ve not got there yet.

Other decent options to this throne: Alisson, Rui Patricio and Joe Hart.

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2. Andy Robertson. (Left-back)

If gwara-gwara dancing, World Cup winning Benji Mendy was still fit, this spot would have been all his. Alas, Injuries came to tango with the Man City left-back, so the Scotland captain will take his place instead.

Andy has been an absolute revelation following his move to Anfield from KCOM Stadium. He’s been the left back right wingers and right-backs fear, with his explosive pace, stamina, decent control and his pinpoint crossing.

He’s been a factor in Liverpool’s 11 clean sheets, with only 5 goals being shipped into Alisson’s net. He has a tackling accuracy of 62%, a 104 recoveries and has won 64 duels. He’s had no errors leading to goals and despite his short frame has won 7 aerial duels. But these are his defensive stats. He’s had 3 assists, over a 1000 passes, has created six big chances, 53 crosses, a 15% cross accuracy, and 33 accurate long balls. He’s also hit the wood-work once.

This is Andy Robertson. At least for Liverpool. For Scotland he’s been far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, poorer. But this is a PL analysis site, not a UEFA Nations League one, so congrats Robby. This place is for you.

Other reasonable options: Chilwell, Shaw, Mendy, Marcos Alonso.

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“Why so shocked bruv?”

Come back tomorrow to see who made the center back positions. The formation for this team is 4-3-3. (And one as well. Never leave out the goalie.)

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