So the Barclays Premier League is back after a boisterous international break. Match Day eight kicked off with an enthralling London derby between Spurs and Chelsea and the rest of the weekend was jam packed with entertainment. But who were the top five stand out players after match day eight?
5) Jonny Evans – To some Evans is the worst player to have ever worn a United shirt. To others he is developing at a rate of knots. This week he really showed his talent. If one likened him to a veteran defender after match day eight, it’d be Lucio. He attacked just like the Brazilian but at the same time he didn’t put a foot wrong. Since the start of the season, Evans has grown massively. This run of games has given him the consistently that he has needed for years now. Although he still has critics, he will prove them wrong if he continues playing like that. He can only build on these performances and his goal before the international break showed this.
4) Phil Jagielka – Everton’s best player by far in their draw with QPR. David Moyes said “he played like a proper English centre half” and that’s exactly how he played. Put his body on the line time after time and made a fantastic block on Granero. He might have even scored when his header crashed against the crossbar. If he played like that every game, he’d be a sure in Roy Hodgson’s England team never mind the Everton set-up. He’s been one of the main reasons why Everton have made such a good start to the season.
3) Raheem Sterling – Finally the young forward has scored his first Liverpool goal. And boy did he deserve it. For weeks he has been one of Liverpool’s best players but with nothing to show for it. The boy was patient and waited for his goal. Not once was be becoming exasperated with not getting on the score sheet. He looks to be one of England’s best prospects and a full senior England career is on the cards. Liverpool look deadly when he plays and lack the spark when he doesn’t. Sterling can be a Liverpool legend and the next poster boy at Anfield.
2) Edin Dzeko – How many times has Edin Dzeko saved Manchester City? It seems to be a persistent thing this season ever since Manchester City won the title with the late Aguero goal. This weekend Dzeko scored both the goals which turned City’s game around at the Hawthorns. Many speculated that Dzeko was deadwood at City but Mancini always vouched for him. He may go missing at times but like most great players he can turn games on their heads. So is Dzeko a super-sub? No Dzeko said himself “I am never a super-sub I want to start games”. But with Tevez, Aguero and Balotelli, Dzeko will always find it hard to play every game.
1) Juan Mata - Before the international break Mata was the outstanding player in the EPL. On his return from the break, he scored two beautiful goals and earned an assist against Spurs. Once again Mata has stamped his authority on the Premier League with a champion style performance. Mata has now scored six goals in his last five games. At the moment he is the best playmaker in the league bar none. The likes of David Silva have yet to perform to his standard and the new comers such as Kagawa haven’t put in match winning performances.