5) Edin Dzeko – The Bosnian international striker scored two goals in Manchester City’s 3-4 win over Norwich City. Every time I mention Dzeko in the top 5, the same phrase appears; “Dzeko isn’t always a first team player for City”. It’s a shame that he’s still being classed as a super sub as his quality is clear to see and he is up there with his teammates Balotelli and Aguero. However unlike Aguero and Tevez, he lacks constancy. You can’t always rely on Dzeko to score week-in-week-out. His goals come in spells and Roberto Mancini seems to know when his spells will occur.
4) Luis Suarez – Liverpool are a team in deep transition. Since Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at the Kop, he’s tried to put his stamp on the squad by urging his side to play in his style. Luis Suarez hasn’t been one of those players that have been influenced by the new style of play. He has continued to use his rapid speed and astonishing reactions to beat players and score goals. This weekend he scored two of the three goals in Liverpool’s 0-3 win over Queens Park Rangers. Suarez doesn’t get influenced very often which is a good thing for both him and Liverpool. He needs to continue playing in the same style that he’s played with his whole career.
3) Ivan Ramis – The Spaniard returned to the Wigan set-up after weeks out with a hamstring injury. Wigan’s last win was with Ramis in the team. He returned by scoring the first goal of the match against Villa and played astonishingly well throughout the game. His header for the opening goal was brilliant. He managed to get so much power into the header that Guzan had no chance. It seems that Ramis is an unsung hero for Wigan as the stats suggest they have a better win percentage with Ramis in the side. He’s one of the defenders that doesn’t get any praise until the stats begin to show his dominance and influence.
2) Nemanja Vidic – Finally Manchester United keep a clean sheet. A masterful performance from United’s centre backs, Vidic and Evans, gave United all three points conceding no goals in the process. It’s a long awaited achievement for Sir Alex and it comes within days of his 71st birthday. Vidic was missing for so much of the season and his return is just what United have needed to maintain their seven point lead over champions Manchester City. All day long Vidic was clearing balls, winning headers and maintaining possession. He was brilliant.
1) Theo Walcott – This season Theo Walcott has been in and out of form but when Arsenal need him, he provides for his team. This weekend was no exception as the Englishman bagged a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 7-3 win over Newcastle. Walcott scored the first goal of the match, his second was the seventh and his third cam in the 92nd minute. He was outstanding for the Gunners but if reports and rumours are correct, he won’t be playing for Arsenal for much longer. Liverpool are said to be weighing up a bid for the winger and Raheem Sterling could be a bargaining tool. However we shouldn’t read too much into rumours.