Fans of the Premier League will be delighted by the football on show in September. Not only were there goals in abundance, but also plenty of entertaining match-up’s featuring some of the best players in the world. As the title for September’s EA Sports Player of the Month begins to surface, Maryam Naz predicts which Premier League footballers should be in the list of nominees.
1) Eden Hazard
Leading the charge is Chelsea’s main man, Eden Hazard. The Belgian international was allegedly on his way out of Chelsea after a disappointing year at Stamford Bridge. Yet Maurizio Sarri has turned him into a goal-scoring machine. The 27-year-old has now scored six goals in his opening seven Premier League games; this involved a stunning hat-trick against Cardiff, and a sumptuous brace against Liverpool in both the league and Carabao Cup fixtures.
The threat that Hazard provides on the counter makes him a menacing figure for any defence, and under Sarri, he is on par to break his own goal-scoring record in a single campaign.
2) James Milner
Not many players can say that they’re in the form of their life at the age of 33, but under Jurgen Klopp, James Milner is doing just that. The Englishman has been a crucial figure for Liverpool in recent seasons, and has continued to make progress. Milner’s key defensive interventions, his pressing and fitness against top opposition this season has been of the highest order.
He was part of a Liverpool midfield that bested Thomas Tuchel’s Paris-Saint Germain, and kept Neymar and co in check. Continue in this form and he just might cement his position as one of the best English midfielders of his era.
3) Jose Holebas
Javi Gracia’s high-flying Watford have impressed this season, but key to their winning ways has been their left-back Jose Holebas. With four assists and one goal to his name, it’s clear why he is attracting attention from surrounding clubs so early on in the season. The German has provided consistently good deliveries from the left-hand side, and his crosses have often led to players like Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra converting in front of goal.
He has shown that he can also be efficient with chances too. He scored the winner against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace with a brilliant close-quarter strike. So, whilst Holebas has been a rock at the back, he is also proving that he will be just as crucial for Watford on the offensive front.
4) Marko Arnautović
When West Ham looked like they would struggle to survive this season’s Premier league campaign, there was one man who steadied the ship: Marko Arnautović. The Austrian stepped onto the scene, and with four goals in his opening seven starts, Manuel Pellegrini’s side look to be entering much calmer waters.
Yet, Arnautović has impressed with much more than his goal-scoring; his hold-up play, striking ability and strength on the ball has made him a nightmare to mark. He is faring to be one of the League’s best strikers, and there is no reason why he won’t take his goal-scoring tally into double figures.
5) Sergio Aguero
The Argentine has slowly slipped back into the forefront after Pep Guardiola made him Gabriel Jesus’ under-study. He has started the season with a bang, netting five goals in his opening seven starts, alongside two assists at the Etihad. Yet aside from goals, Aguero has also impressed with his passing abilities. The 30-year-old boasts a pass success rate of 89% (whoscored.com), proving that he is a vital asset in this Manchester City set-up.
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