Match Day Nine kicked off with Aston Villa sealing a one-all draw at home to Norwich. Manchester United took beat Chelsea on the Sunday in a highly controversial game at Stamford Bridge and Liverpool sealed a 2-2 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby. But who were the top 5 players of another match day billeted with controversy?
5) Jack Wilshere – Jack’s back! Dubbed the “saviour of English football” by a notable pundit, Jack Wilshere showed why he’s earned that title. He passes the ball with consummate ease and in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over QPR, he was absolutely fantastic. Arsenal will be so pleased to have the boy back as will Roy Hodgson. If Jack plays his card’s right, he’ll be back in the England squad in no time. He really is an exceptional talent and Arsenal will surely progress with him in the team.
4) Dimitar Berbatov – The Bulgarian was at the heart of everything for Fulham on Saturday. He scored his third Fulham goal as he put the Cottagers 3-2 up. Although he showed signs of injury, he persevered and helped his new team secure a disappointing draw at Reading. Since his move to Fulham in the summer, he’s been exceptionally influential and vital to their brilliant start of the season. I don’t think he could have made a better move from Manchester United.
3) David de Gea – The young Spaniard made four match-winning saves in first half but one in particular was the save of the season. It mirrored a save that David Seaman made an FA Cup match against Sheffield United. It was truly astonishing. Although he made an unlucky miss kick, he quickly made up for his mistake. de Gea has grown so much since his arrival from Atletico Madrid but he has been scrutinised to the hill after a few poor mistakes. But anyone that follows the legendary van Der Sar, has an uphill task on their hands.
2) Luis Suarez – Liverpool’s number seven played a massive part in this season’s first Merseyside derby. Suarez thumped the ball against Leighton Baines to secure the first Liverpool goal and scored the second after a wonderful ball in by Steven Gerrard. Although his celebration was infuriatingly sarcastic, there’s no mistaking his expediential talent. There are two types of opinion surrounding Suarez. The first is that you think he’s one of the best players in the Premier League. (Notably this is held by Liverpool fans.) Or you hold the opinion that he’s a diving forward that misses more than he scores. Whatever your opinion about Suarez, Liverpool fans will back him to the hill.
1) Jason Roberts – After a week of racial controversy over the Kick It Out campaign, Roberts started for Reading in their amazing 3-3 draw against Fulham. He was so influential, starting most of Reading’s attacks and played a vital role throughout the entire game. Many critics say Roberts isn’t good enough for the Premier League but after this week’s performance, he showed why Reading have kept hold of him. He must play a huge role in the dressing room too as his experience can only help Reading’s inexperienced team.