Posted by Barrie on Monday, 25 May 2009

Top 5 Premier League Players 2008/09

With hundred's of players to choose from in what has been another fantastic Premier League season, I've picked my top 5 performers of the season:

5.Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
Over the summer, then-35 year old goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer left Middlesbrough after 11 season's there to play for Fulham who had narrowly avoided relegation the season before on a free transfer after his contract expired. He also turned down moves to Bayern Munich and Juventus as they didn't promise him first team football. What could have been a disastrous end to his career, it turned out to be a fantastic move. Schwarzer has played fantastic this season, saving 80% of shots faced (most in Premier League), keeping 15 clean sheets as part of the Fulham defence that was the main reason for Fulham's successful season that saw them finish 7th and quality for Europe. Schwarzer has been the best value-for-money signing this summer and a deserved top 5 nominee.

4. Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Frank Lampard has had his critics over the years, most-notably when playing for England. But when it comes to Chelsea, Lampard always delivers and was-again provided the goods this season. Double figures in terms of league goals again, this time with 12. No one in the Premier League had more assists than Lampard (10), and he played well under both Scolari and Hiddink, which is something that can't be said of too many Chelsea players. A top player in all competitions, was part of the side in their unfortunate Champions League semi final defeat, he will be playing in the FA Cup final next weekend, looking to win a trophy this season. He is the driving force of Chelsea's attack and isn't afraid to shoot, consistently delivering the goods. Unfortunate not be on the player of the year shortlist, but Frank Lampard makes it at number 4 on my list.

3.Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't made everyone's top list this season, on the sole basis of his incredible performance last season. 2nd top scorer in the Premier League this season with 18 goals from midfield, with some goal of the season candidates in the Champions League. He came into this season injured after being linked to Real Madrid. United became nearly unstoppable when he returned as he became an integral part of their dominant side that is looking to win their 5th trophy this season when they face Barcelona in the Champions League final on Wednesday night. Whilst his diving and strops are the ugly side to his game, you can't deny the talent this kid has. No one has been able to keep Ronaldo quiet this season, and the media will be hoping he doesn't go quiet in the summer when his transfer rumour to Real Madrid gets in full flow again. Ronaldo is a worthy candidate for player of the year, and makes number 3 on my list.

2.Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Despite injuries and even a legal battle disrupting him this season, Steven Gerrard has still produced the goods again for Liverpool this season. No one is a bigger MVP to their team than Gerrard. He is the driving force in the Liverpool side and is sorely missed when he isn't there. Disrupting other team's attacks, whilst being the provider and scorer of many goals this season, as ever. Gerrard put in another fantastic performance this season and was a vital part of the Liverpool side that gave Manchester United some competition in the Premier League this season, and a big part in their 4-1 victory at Old Trafford. Football legend Zinedine Zidane claimed Gerrard was the best player in the world earlier this year and Gerrard has given him every reason to make these claims.

1.Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)
Whilst football is often about the attacking side of the game, with most of the “stars” being attacking players and most the awards going to them also, Nemanja Vidic is a defender that has received a lot of credit this season, being nominated for the PFA Player of the Season award. A solid defender who's partnership with Rio Ferdinand helped set a Premier League record 14 clean sheets in a row, forcing goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar into relatively few saves during a lot of those games. His temperament is his only downside, that saw him sent off in the Club World Cup final for elbowing an opponent, and was also sent off in both games against Liverpool this season. Fernando Torres is the only player to have got the better of him this season and no one beats him in the air. An absolute rock in their defence and United certainly wouldn't have kept 24 clean sheets this season without him. A deserved winner of any award this season is Nemanja Vidic.

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At 25 May 2009 at 15:12 , Anonymous Chirs said...

Y no Giggs? He was amazing and was player of the year

At 28 May 2009 at 18:44 , Anonymous Kate said...

1) Giggs
2) Vidic
3) Rooney
4) Van Der Sar
5) Scholes


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