As we near the half way mark of the Premier League season, who are the contenders for the player of the mid-way-mark?
1. David De Gea – Manchester United – Goalkeeper
With Manchester United finally back to winning ways, the Spaniard between the posts has been a consistent performer when others have not. Granted, Courtois has conceded less goals but De Gea has a difference set of defenders playing in different positions and formations more or less every week.
De Gea saves more shots per goal that he concedes that Courtois. He also has a higher distribution accuracy coming in at 68%.
Throughout a turbulent season he has remained solid and capped it all off with his most recent performance against Liverpool yesterday.
2. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal – Forward
The Chilean, like De Gea has been a stand out performer for a team that has struggled so far this season. He’s adapted quickly to life in the Premier League and is enjoying his best ever start to a season since joining the Gunners. With 12 goals and 4 assists this season already he’s become the main attacking outlet for the team.
What Arsenal fans enjoy in the tiny Chilean is his work rate. With Alexis in the team, Arsenal press much higher up and he is prepared to track back and harry the opposition. Plus he’s capable of scoring some wonderful goals.
3. Cesc Fabregas – Midfielder – Chelsea
He’s been a revelation since coming back to the Premier League. Having formed a telepathic partnership with Diego Costa, Fabregas now seems to be one of the missing links in Chelsea’s midfield last season. 14 assists already this season and that doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. Can he set a new record for the most assists in a single season?
4. Sergio Aguero – Forward – Manchester City –
Aguero is not only a candidate for player of the season-so-far but one of the greatest Premier League players of all time. 19 goals this season and 4 assists. Sergio is an unstoppable force upfront when he’s fit. His injury is not just a loss to Man City, but to the League…and Fantasy Football Managers everywhere.
5. Diego Costa – Forward – Chelsea
A fantastic start to the season. The goals had temporarily dried up for Costa but this weekend saw him return to his scoring ways. Last season Mourinho was first to admit that Chelsea lacked a presence up front. In Costa they have and then some. So far he has 12 goals for the blues.
6. Mile Jedinak – Midfield – Crystal Palace
Here us out. Jedinak isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of stand out performers but the stats don’t lie. According to Whoscored, Jedinak has been an engine for Crystal Palace. He’s been great at breaking up opposition play for Palace and is great in the air too. At 30 years of age Jedinak is having a renaissance of sorts this season.
The Pundit Arena Team