The penultimate month of the English Premier League 2014/15 is inching its way closer. Taking a look back at the better part of the English Premier League season, these are the 10 players in MY OPINION who have made an impact for their respective clubs, earning them the tag Most Valuable.
In no specific order…
The Blues splashed out big money in the summer for his services, hoping it will solve their problems upfront, a problem which cost them dearly last season. Coming in with a big reputation as one of the most feared strikers in the world, the Brazilian-born has certainly proven his worth.
Having banged in 17 goals in 19 appearances from all competitions so far this season, it looks like the 32 million pounds spent on him was a bargain. His link-up play and understanding with Cesc Fabregas has been one of the reasons why Chelsea sit top of the table at the moment.
Despite describing himself as a “strong and noble” player, it's quite surprising that he's had more than his share of disciplinary problems on the pitch. But as long as he keeps scoring, I don’t think anyone in the Chelsea camp will care.
What was Arsene Wenger thinking, letting go of the chance to re-sign someone most Arsenal fans consider a club legend? Wenger’s loss is The Special One’s gain, as the Blues snapped up the Spanish maestro. Fabregas has started his Chelsea career in blistering form, topping the assists chart with 15 in the league to date. If he stays injury free he is more certain to break the assist record in a season, currently held by former team mate Thierry Henry (20 Assists).
Not many midfielders can be placed in the same bracket as Fabregas - a box-to-box midfielder, who not only can attack but can do a decent job in defense too. Not to mention, he chips in with a decent amount of goals as well. The ex-Gooner believes he is in the best form of his career, a statement even his current manager cannot deny. He is one of the reasons why Chelsea are in a commanding position at the top.
He's been touted as the new Ryan Giggs. And it shows, as the England midfielder's form this season has been so instrumental, the Hammers find themselves in a chase for a European spot this season.
Sam Allardyce’s men have been this season’s surprise package. Not many would have predicted it would be led by Englishmen. Having scored 5 goals and provided 7 assists, his dazzling display has earned him a first ever call up to the England squad since 2012.
Fair play to Big Sam, in finding the right formula to get the best out of Downing. And with Andy Carroll's season coming to an abrupt end due to a knee injury, West Ham fans will be hoping their very own Ryan Giggs will spearhead them to a realistic Europa League finish.
Everyone knows the Argentine's strength. His superb form in the first half of the season is what kept his team in the title race. He was deeply missed by the Citizens after he hobbled off against Everton in December.
Rampaging through a packed defence, and scoring from the most acute of angles, is a few reasons why teams have failed to cope with his attacking prowess. It’s no surprise Aguero has already racked up 16 league goals so far.
While other stars such has Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Steven Jovetic are still trying to find their form, City will be highly dependable on Aguero if they are to close the gap on Chelsea. And he knows it.
Arsenal are a one man team. Based on the performance of one Alexis Sanchez before the turn of the new year, it is hard to disagree with that statement. The Chilean has more or less single handedly carried the Gunners to give them a fighting chance of a top 4 finish.
His desire to chase every ball forward or backward, put in a tackle or two and to do it for 90 minutes each week, makes him head and shoulders above the rest and, the best Arsenal player this season. What a masterclass signing by Arsene Wenger.
Notching 12 goals this season, it’s not a bad record for a striker considering he has played mostly on the wings. His technical ability is second to none. His hunger and determination certainly rubs off on his teammates. Alexis Sanchez certainly does his talking on the pitch.
He is the typical English centre forward the country has been crying out for. Harry Kane has exploded into the scene as one of the top marksmen in the Premier League. A local lad from the club's academy, given a chance on the grandest stage of them all - and boy, is he making the most out of it.
His standalone performance against Arsenal proved that he’s a lethal finisher. Great in the air, with strong, silky feet, there are just some of the attributes the 21 year old possesses. Taking up position between the lines and having a habit of being in the right place at the right time, it's no wonder Spurs fans compare him to club legend Teddy Sheringham.
As any young English starlet would go, Raheem Sterling is already touted to be the one to bring back the glory years on the international stage for England. While that remains to be seen, he has definitely played his part in being Liverpool’s most important player this campaign.
Sterling has lead by example with his dynamic runs and his ability to go past defenders with ease. The 20 year old has filled the void left by the injured Daniel Sturridge upfront. Even with the return of Sturridge, Sterling is almost certain to add to his 5 goals scored and 5 assists so far, for another terrific season.
Not only has the young right-back picked up where he left off last season, but Nathaniel Cylne has stepped it up a notch with some dazzling displays, terrorising the opposition defence with his pace. It is no surprise that he has caught the eye of some of the top clubs in England, including the Red Devils.
Clyne sits as the Saints' top tackler with a success rate of 44%. With the extra width he provides on the right and a superb work rate, it is easy to understand why he is a major component in Ronald Koeman’s attacking philosophy.
DAVID DE GEA
He is THE reason Manchester United sat in 3rd place. The Spaniard has been superb between the posts for United earning his team points, on more than one occasion this campaign.
Voted player of the season by his fellow peers last season, De Gea is more or less certain to regain that award this term. Averaging 2.28% saves per game, and playing in front of a dodgy as well as makeshift defence, it is quite surprising he has managed to keep 7 clean sheets.
With no new defensive recruits in the January transfer window, the Red Devil fans will be hoping and praying De Gea's heroics don't fade, especially if their team are to finish in the top 4 come the end of the season.
The Baggies' fight to beat the drop rests on the form of the young 21-year old English striker. Saido Berahino has secured his status as one of the country’s top marksmen with his standalone performance, on more than one occasion this campaign. Having scored 10 goals so far this season, the Burundi-born striker has already eclipsed his tally from last season. He is only behind Charlie Austin as the highest scoring English player.
His form upfront so far suggests Berahino is a natural finisher, and naturally has caught the eye of Liverpool who were seeking his services in January. Fairplay to Tony Pulis in managing to keep him as the promising youngster has gone on to be West Brom's main attacking threat.
Saido Berahino's next career move will be an interesting one, but for the time being Tony Pulis will be hoping his attacking prowess will be able to keep the West Midlands club up.