5) Edin Dzeko – The Bosnian scored City’s second goal in their 2-0 victory over Arsenal. Once again Dzeko has shown why he is more than just a super sub. He can pull his own weight whilst playing against the top teams. He’s out to prove that he doesn’t want to leave City and that Mancini shouldn’t be bringing in any new strikers such as Cavani or Falcao. But I’m afraid Dzeko will always play second fiddle to Tevez and Aguero.
4) Rickie Lambert – Unfortunately Lambert will always struggle to get into the England squad. But that doesn’t deter away his astonishing talent. He is a natural striker that has proved himself time after time. Perhaps if he was at a bigger club he may have a better chance to break into the England squad. Lambert has clear talent and Southampton are lucky to have such a quality player in their ranks.
5) Dimitar Berbatov – The Bulgarian was the star of the show at West Brom as Fulham took all three points. It was a massive result for Fulham as the Baggies have been one of the best teams of the season so far. Berbatov has been truly astonishing since his arrival at Craven Cottage. It’s a move that has worked extremely well for both Berbatov and Fulham. They’ve needed a player like Berbatov ever since Louis Saha left for United over five years ago.
4) Shaun Wright-Phillips – QPR haven’t played awfully bad this season. But they find themselves fighting for survival with an enormously good squad and a brilliant manager. Wright-Phillips joined QPR under Mark Hughes but had yet to score until he scored against Chelsea this week. Not only was it his first goal for Rangers but it was the winning goal in a disastrous match for Chelsea. Wright-Phillips has under-performed ever since he re-joined Manchester City a few years ago. If he works hard enough, an England return could be on the cards.
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.
5) Michael Carrick – Alan Shearer pointed out on Match of the Day that Michael Carrick is one of the best passers of the ball in the World. He may not be considered to be up there with Xavi, Iniesta, Pirlo and Scholes but he is marginally behind them. Surprisingly he’s never been a regular in the England set-up but anyone would struggle to beat Lampard and Gerrard. Carrick showed his passing prowess against Newcastle with a bunch of amazing passes leading to chances for Hernandez and van Persie. Carrick lobbed the ball to Hernandez for the winning goal. He is perhaps one of the most underrated players in the World.
4) Jonathon Walters – This season, Stoke have only been half the team we all know. On one side, they’ve played the same rugged and forceful football. But on the other side they haven’t played very well. Usually the play this football and it works but they’ve failed to do this. However Boxing Day changed everything. They beat Liverpool by three goals to one and Jonathon Walters scored a brace. He was clinical for Stoke and Liverpool didn’t know what hit them. Along with Jones, they were brilliant.
5) Fernando Torres – It’s come to the stage when if Torres scores, he is said to be back and his confidence has been found again. However I believe Torres has been brilliant this season. Yeah he probably could have scored a lot more goals and his movement could be a lot better but he has been triumphant whilst the media has slated him and the press has slaughtered him. He deserves to be in my top 5 this week because he scored against Villa whilst taking the tonnes of stick from pathetic football fans.
4) Gareth Barry – Barry scored perhaps Manchester City’s most vital goal of the season so far. On the 93rd minute, Barry climbed and nodded home to lead Manchester City to a 1-0 victory over Reading. If Barry didn’t score, City would have remained six points adrift with Manchester United holding a game in hand. Although Barry isn’t City’s greatest or most valuable player, he is held very highly by some pundits as he works tremendously hard behind the scenes. But he’s still not liked by every football fan as many don’t believe he’s good enough for a title winning club.