Back during the Pre season of the 2013/2014 season we were busy selecting a group of players that we thought would do good jobs throughout the season. Come mid November we wanted to have a look at our watch list selections and give them a short review for their performances thus far. One in particular has been sold, but we’ll comment on his performances anyway.
GK – Maarten Stekelenburg (Ful). Martin, as he should really be spelling this had an unfortunate start to his season as he got injured in the first game of the season. At the time (60 or so minutes) he was keeping a clean sheet, but was taken off and remained out of action for a couple of months. He has recently come back and stepped in between the posts, but as like most Fulham players currently…he’s not on the best of form. It appears Boruc is the guy smashing it so far this season for keepers, but pound for pound Martin is still a very good keeper and we think form will come to him sooner rather than later.
RB – Razvan Rat (Whu). Ratty couldn’t get in the Hammers back line to begin with so we were getting worried about this selection, however he’s come back strong. More recently been a certified Left Back and been playing well. Maybe not the best performing left back so far this season, but his performances have been going under the radar and we like Mr Rat.
CB – Matija Nastasic (MC). You can’t really paint any Man City defenders in glory so far this season with all being partially to blame for some of the weak goals they’ve been conceding. Nastasic played a part in the winning goal Chelsea scored despite Hart getting the majority of the blame. Take that out and he’s been okay. Probably the next favourite centre back to Kompany, but has more potential than genuine defensive quality currently. We still expect him to have a strong season.
CB – Laurent Koscielny (Ars). Laurent is one of our selections that has actually shone so far this season. Comfortable performances in a much improved defensive line up for Arsenal this season has been a part of their good form so far. A strong partnership with Mertesacker has helped and we think as long as they stay fit, this partnership could be a very successful one for Arsenal this season.
LB – Erik Pieters (Sto). Stoke have had a pretty difficult set of fixtures to start with up until now. They have played the majority of the big boys, slipped up a couple of times and therefore sit near the relegation zone. With that in mind you can’t really praise any of their defenders. Which we won’t do. But there will come a time where Stoke have some more favourable fixtures and this is where we expect their defence and results to look better. Pieters has shown signs of a good outlet going forward and strong in defence. A quiet acquisition that seems to have settled in pretty well so far. More to come we’re sure.
DM – Leroy Fer (Nor). Leroy has gone about his business in an unspectacular way so far. But a way that we appreciate. Sometimes it’s those centre midfielders that go unnoticed, but keep a team ticking. Notching a goal last weekend, and a chance to improve their league position in the coming weeks we are sure Fer will be an influential figure to their sides form. If he continues to improve with each game he will be claiming the plaudits come spring.
DM – Victor Wanyama (Sou). Another centre midfielder of the same ilk as Fer, but in a much more in form team so far. Wanyama has been doing the dirty work very well for Southampton and doing this well with his partner in crime Morgan has allowed the attacking players to really prosper this season. Sitting 3rd in the league looks very rosy for Southampton at the moment, with many players getting national recognition. Wanyama is a big reason for their strong start and we expect more praise to come his way before the season is out.
RW – Shinji Kagawa (MU). The most frustrating player in the league so far, surely? He’s a talent, there’s no doubt about it. We saw him really making a big impact in the early part of this season, but he’s just not been given as much time on the pitch in his desired position as he needs to make a difference. However, in recent weeks we’re seeing a slight change in how he’s being used. Still from the left, but with more freedom and more playing time in the league. With no wingers for United really performing well so far this season, there’s a chance for Kagawa to fill a spot. Januzaj is coming through, but Shinji needs to start. In the middle. It’s just the formation and form of others that are keeping him from this. We just hope he can light up the league in any position before it’s too late.
CAM – Gareth Bale (Mad). Slight fail on this, but we did predict it. Not too much to say here, but he’s still showing the form of a World Class player even over in Spain. Good Lad.
LW – Eden Hazard (Che). Although Hazard hasn’t exactly set the world alight so far, but he’s still shown glimpses of the talent that we began to see last season. In 10 starts he has 4 goals and 3 assists which is a pretty good return for someone who still hasn’t been at their best yet. At just 22 Hazard has an enormous amount of potential and we would presume that Jose Mourinho is the right man to get the best out of the young Belgian.
Str – Wilfred Bony (Swa). Overall, Bony has had a brilliant start to his debut Premier League season. In all competitions he’s started 13 games and came on as a sub in 5. He has scored 10 goals in those games. For those who want a break down thats 5 in 7 in Europe, 1 in 1 in the League Cup and 4 in 5 starts in the League. We can’t argue with those stats despite it not seeming like he’s not being doing much. He’s so far overshadowing Michu and his goals and going about his job in a very respectable way. A good pick so far, we just hope it continues for the majority of the season.