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EPL Week 21 reviews and scores

This week was always going to be a week of intense and exciting football with the likes of United playing Liverpool and Leicester facing off against Chelsea. In the rest of the article, I’ll be reviewing the top three games as it happened.

Manchester United 1 – 1 Liverpool

This game was always going to be a stunner of a game with both teams needing the three points to move up the league’s table. With Philippe Coutinho recovered and back from injury, put even more pressure on United’s defense line with the injuries of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling. However, both teams didn’t live up to the hype and size of the occasion as Jose Mourinho said, “Not a high-quality game, I think both teams can do, and did during the season, much better than we did today in terms of the quality of our game.”

Manchester were unlucky with Paul Pogba’s handball in the box, which then turned into a goal with James Milner’s calm finish into the back of the net only in the 27th minute. Although, the red devils to be fair bullied the Liverpool side but were unfortunate and didn’t convert their chances with misses from Pogba and Mkhitaryan. Then with a superb save by Simon Mingolet from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s ferocious free kick. Then came the breaking of the deadlock with scattered shots and unlucky rebounds for Liverpool, Ibrahimovic slotted away a header in Liverpool’s goal to equalize the scoring in the 84th minute.

Everton 4 – 0 Manchester City

This was the biggest defeat ever suffered by a Pep Guardiola side and summed up for football fans that money doesn’t always win. City, who have spent $440million pounds in the past three years, have always relied on money to succeed when the players and managers don’t have any time to build up chemistry and tactics because their either sold or there’s been a new player bought to replace them. However, Manchester were always on the downside with having to play Pablo Zabaleta in the defensive midfielder role instead of the normal full-back, due to injuries and suspensions to Illkay Gundogan, Fernando, and Fernandinho.

In the 34th minute, Romelu Lukaku opened the flood-gates from a beautiful assist by Kevin Mirallas. Mirallas once again was involved in Everton’s second goal of the night from a well-angled shot to beat Claudio Bravo. But all eyes were on Tom Davies, with the chip shot over Bravo’s head to crown him the best goal of the match. However, it wasn’t over just yet with a debut goal from 18-year-old Ademola Lookman in stoppage time to send City away with their biggest defeat all season.

Leicester City 0 – 3 Chelsea

Chelsea was going into this game with missing their main striker Costa, due to his absence from injury followed the Spaniard international being linked with a big-money move to the ambitious Chinese Super League.”It was a very professional, solid performance by us on the back of the Spurs game,” Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said. With the tensions high at the King Power stadium, both teams were eager to find a way to get those three points.

Early on in the game, Chelsea went with the tactic to send in crosses from all angles to give the Leicester defense chaos. Although, in the 6th minute Eden Hazard found a way to tee up the unmarked Marcus Alonso who was in the box to find a way past Kasper Schmeichel and make it 0-1. Then when the match went on and with all the changes of Chelsea’s attack line, was totally confusing City’s defense and again in the 51st minute found a way to drill a low free-kick from 18-yards out past Schmeichel to get his name down on the scoring sheet twice. But it wasn’t over there, because 20minutes later Pedro put the scoring to 0-3, as the Spaniard nodded in the third of the night to end the game.

In other games, Arsenal absolutely thumped Swansea City 4-0 to secure their position on the table, Tottenham white-washed West Brom in another 4-0 result and West Ham showed that they are still a brilliant team even without Payet as they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at the London Stadium.

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Chinese league snatching all Europe’s Talents:

With all the Chinese league clubs trying to offer European and South American players lots of money to join their clubs. All the clubs together have spent over $500million in the past 2 seasons and the league has a market value of $342.91million. The Chinese Super league may have many problems but money and talent aren’t them. I’ll be reviewing the top transfers and offers this winter’s transfer season.

Axel Witsel: The Belgium central midfielder has left Europe for Tj Quanjian at a price tag of $17 million. The 27-year-old joined Zenit back in 2012 for $40million and has been a solid rock in the midfield ever since. However, Witsel couldn’t say no to the $294,000 a week and is more than Paul Pogba, Neymar, and Luis Suarez’s salaries. Witsel made the move as no other clubs wanted him and saw the move to China and took it up.

Carlos Tevez: The Argentina striker has been a world-class forward and been very successful in winning the Premier league, FA Cup, Seria A and Champions League over the years playing in both Manchester clubs and Juventus. Although the 32-year-olds price tag might not seem that much with a cost of $8.93million, its was the $615,000 a week from SH Shenhua which made him the highest paid football player ever by a total of $190,000.

Hulk: The Brazilian beast has been an amazing player for FC Porto and Zenit over the past 9 years in Europe with winning the Primeira Liga 3 times, the Russian league and the Europe League. The winger has also been an amusing player for Brazil as he’s featured in 19 matches since 2012 and scored 11 goals and 2 assists. Hulk moved to Shanghai SIPG for a fee of $47.43million. The 30-year-old is well known for his deadly long shots and incredible strength on the ball and off it.

Oscar: The attacking midfielder is in his peak years of his football career, after coming off a 5 -year career for Chelsea and was becoming one of the senior players in the squad. The 25-year-old came to Stanford Bridge as one of the rising young talents with his incredible vision, jubilant reactions, and crucial passing. Oscar has joined fellow teammate Hulk, in a record-breaking $51million transfer to Shanghai SIPG, and he will earn $400,000 a week and will be the third highest paid footballer in the world. Pierre-Emerick

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: The Gabon ace has now doubtably overtaken Robert Lewandowski as the best Bundesliga striker. Aubameyang has also become the runner-up of the best African player, behind Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. The 27-year-old has now scored 16 goals and 1 assist in 15 appearances. Dortmund has been offered a world-record fee of $125million and Aubameyang has been offered a contract with a salary of $675,000 a week where he would overtake Carlos Tevez in being the highest paid footballer.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Real Madrid winger has come off an amazing 2016, with winning the Ballon d’Or, FIFA best player of the year, Champions League, Euro 2016 and Fifa club world cup and was named in the 2016 TOTY. Ronaldo has been a crucial part in Madrid’s attacking plans with netting 55 goals and 17 assists in 57 matches. An unknown Chinese Super league team has offered Madrid $300million and a contract where Ronaldo would receive over $100million a year in salaries. If the Portuguese star moves to Ronaldo, then what would European football even be in 10 years time.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced December’s POTM

Zlatan was given the PFFA’s award for the December Player of the month. With scoring 5 goals and 3 assists in Manchester United’s 5-game winning streak, there was no wonder he received the award. With the 35-year-old proving that age is only a number, and beating the likes of Adam Lallana and Cesar Azpilicueta with 24,000 votes out of the 60,000.

The Swedish man only moved to Manchester United this summer with a free transfer from PSG. With the striker leaving the team after they easily won the league last season, they are now trailing in third place. Ibrahimovic is now 1 goal behind Diego Costa who’s in first place for the top EPL goal-scorer. The United forward has helped the red devils come back from has closed the gap from 10 points to 3 points behind the top four. At the start of the season, there were speculations if Jose Mourinho was the right manager and if Ibra and Paul Pogba were worth the wages and transfer fees’. But now, Ibrahimovic has shut down all the criticism, with 17 goals and 5 assists in only 24 appearances wearing the red kit.

The 35-year-old striker kicked off the December month with the only goal from United in the 1-1 draw against Everton at the Goodison Park Stadium. He then went on to score the winning goal against Crystal Palace 2 minutes before the end of normal time, from an amazing assist coming from Paul Pogba. Then came the best performance of December when Ibra was involved in every goal that Manchester United scored as he got 1 goal and 2 assists aginst Sunderland. He then went on to get an assist in United 2-1 win over Middlesbrough and 1 goal in the Devils 2-0 win at the new London Stadium. Ibrahimovic has been an amazing talent for United and it will be interesting to see if he will make the 2016 TOTY.

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EPL Match: Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea

This was always going to be an exciting and tension built match between the two London rivals. With only 10 points between the two sides before the match at the top of the table, it was always going to be an interesting game. Both teams are known for their top attacking lineups with the likes of Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, and Harry Kane in Tottenham’s attack and the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, and Willian in Chelsea’s attack. Because of these amazing forwards in both sides, the two teams need strong defensive midfielders to stop the opposition’s forwards finding the back of the net, so Tottenham has Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama stopping Chelsea’s attack. Chelsea has Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante to stop Tottenham’s attacking line.

The White Hart Lane’s Crowd was always going to be at the edge of their seat with a total of 18 shots between the two sides. Spurs took the lead with a lovely header from Dele Alli which came from an amazing cross which was delivered by Christian Eriksen. Then in the 48th minute, Chelsea were unlucky to not find the back of the net with a missed shot by Eden Hazard only a couple of yards out. However, Chelsea couldn’t stop Dele Alli with the 20-year-old finding the back of the net again in the 54th minute from another assist by Christian Eriksen. Dembele and Wanyama were becoming too powerful for Kante and Matic.

This win for Tottenham had stopped Chelsea seeking their 13 winning streak and helped them, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City with closing the gap to five points. It is also a confidence booster for Tottenham knowing that they defeated the top team in the league. It has also raised the profile of Dele Alli as he has now scored 6 goals in the last 4 games. It will know be very interesting to see if Chelsea bounce back from this loss and to see if the other teams take advantage of Chelsea’s loss.

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EPL’s week 19 most Inform Players

I’m going to be reviewing all the most inform players from the matches of week 19. There are quite a few players I’ve missed out due to the fact that there are so many EPL players in form at the moment.

Harry Kane: Following his 2 goals and 1 assist in the 4-1 win over Watford at the Vicarage Road Stadium, he was the powerhouse in the match with being the deadly threat to Watford’s defense. The Englishmen’s strength in front of goal is his ability to finish, positioning and shot power. The 23-year-old pounced in the 27th and 33rd minutes of the game in his 100th EPL appearance.

Anthony Martial: The Frenchman was given MOTM in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat of Middlesbrough. The 20-year-old found the back of the net in the 85th minute to equalize the scoring to 1-1 before Paul Pogba scored the winner in the one minute after. Martial had a few chances where he got a couple of assists, but unfourantly because of some balls hitting the woodwork and a goal that was disallowed because of the referee’s calls.

Jermain Defoe: The 34-year-old has been scoring goals like he was back 2010 like he did for Tottenham. The Englishman held off a defeat from Liverpool with securing two crucial penalties to tie the match. However, with Sunderland’s horrific defeat to Burnley 4-1, he still managed to increase his goal-scoring tally to 11 in the 71st minute. Defoe has managed this through hard work and many hours of practicing.

Cesc Fabregas: The hard-working central midfielder achieved 2 assists in Chelsea 4-2 win over Stoke City. With reaching 100 assists in the Premier League is a spectacular accomplishment for the Spaniard. He has the ability to pass under pressure and find players in the box from set-pieces. From his vision to his long passing no wonder he is one of the best central midfielders in the world.

Dele Alli: The youngster teamed up with teammate Harry Kane to net 2 goals in Tottenham’s triumph win over Watford 4-1. Alli has scored 5 goals in the past 3 games and quoted by Mariner, “Watford could not get near him.”The attacking midfielder has been said to be the main emergence of English football for the past five years. It will be interesting to see how Chelsea will handle defending Alli as he is on fire at the moment.

Willian: The Brazilian winger was the player stopping Stoke City getting a draw or even close with scoring both his goals within 10 minutes of Stoke scored each of there’s. With Willian’s hard running and eagerness to find the back of the net, he was unstoppable when he got the ball. But if it hadn’t been for Cesc Fabregas with the assists following Willian’s stunning goal then Chelsea would of probably on scraped away a win.

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2017 EPL Week 19 Scores and reviews

Liverpool 1 – 0 Manchester City

This game was always going to be a tight one and a must-win game for both sides to secure their UEFA Champions League placing. With Sergio Aguero’s return from suspension it was all looking good, however, they didn’t realise how much a threat Liverpool are playing at Anfield when the reds had been unbeaten the past 12 matches.

With the tensions very high and the crowd at the edge of their seats, it was a well-set atmosphere for a great game. In the early minutes of the match Adam Lallana sent in a beautiful cross and just hoping, but then Georginio Wijnaldum found the bottom corner for a brilliant finish. This put some real pressure on the blues as they were 1-0 down at Anfield struggling to find a response as Ragnar Klavan was stopping Sergio Aguero whenever he tried to find the back of the net. From then on it was a very tight game as both teams were trying their best not to concede a goal.

And then soon enough the whistle blew for full-time and Liverpool had pulled out the 1-0 win over Manchester City. This game helped Liverpool very much in trying to close the gap in-between them and Chelsea, however, the loss meant that City dropped down to 5th place because of both Arsenals’ and Tottenham’s’ victories.

Arsenal 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

This was a crucial game for Arsenal to win, to move up into 3rd on the table. However, the Gunners’ defense had to be ready for the 6,3 goal scoring machine of Christian Benteke. It was never going to be easy for Crystal Palaces’ defense as they had to try and stop the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Oliver Giroud upfront. However, Arsenal took quite a big risk in leaving out Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott for the match.

With the long balls flying through past Crystal Palaces’ defense and finding either Sanchez or Perez out on the flanks and with Giroud ready in the box, it was always going to be a struggle to defend. Sooner or later the plan worked with a pin-point cross from Sanchez and a spectacular scorpion kick from Giroud, it was just impossible to stop. Then again in the 56th minute, Alex Iwobi managed to nod the ball into the back of the net because of his quick reactions. The win was a display of Arsenals’ determination and eagerness to try and find 1st place.

Chelsea 4 – 2 Stoke City

It was never going to be easy for Stoke to play the inform Chelsea at Stanford Bridge. Not even that was hard enough for Stoke to handle because they also had Marko Arnautovic and Jack Butland out. Then the weakness started to show through Crystal Palaces’ defense, with Gary Cahill powering through a header from a set-piece. However, Stoke took the advantage of Chelsea playing a bit sluggishly and getting off to a slow start with Martins Indi beating Thibaut Courtois to find the netting and make the score equal.

That scoreline didn’t last as Willian found a reply 11 minutes after to put them into the lead 2-1 in the 57th minute. In the 64th minute, there were a couple of mistakes for Gary Cahill and N’Golo Kante which helped Mame Diouf set-up Peter Crouch in an amazing finish to make the score 2-2. However, Willian was never going to allow that, with a spectacular finish in the top corner of the goal one minute after Crouch had scored. Then Diego Costa showed why he is the top goal-scorer in the EPL with a brilliant goal in the 85th minute to make the score 4-2.

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Ousmane Dembele Voted December Player of the Month:

The 19-year-old was voted the Bundesliga Player of the month, as he has turned into a greatness of a talent in his debut season in the Bundesliga. He has matured has a winger being able to play on both sides and helped Borussia Dortmund when Marco Reus was out on injury and easily filling his shoes.

When making his debut in the Champions league, you wouldn’t even know that it was his debut as helped his teammates find the back of the net with 2 assists in the 0-6 over Legia Warsaw. The French winger has gone from strength to strength with standing his ground against the likes of Real Madrid and Sporting FC with 6 games, 1 goal, and 5 assists. Dembele has helped Dortmund find their spot in the round of 16 in the Champions League since 2014.

The Frenchman has also been a big part in Dortmund’s league campaign, as he’s become a deadly threat to every team which face the youngster. He’s proven to always be a persistent nuisance to any side with 4 goals and 7 assists in just 11 appearances. Dembele has now got every big European side eyeing up the winger for their campaign’s as he is already a world-class player and still at the age of 19.

Ousmane Dembele is also rated as one of the breakthrough stars in the Champions league this season. The youngster has rapid sprint speed, amazing finishing, unbelievable vision and crazy dribbling, no wonder every team wants him. Dembele is definitely a player to look out for in the future and has a very bright career heading his way.

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2016 EPL Week 18 Scores and Reviews

Liverpool 4 – 1 Stoke City:

Stoke had the upper hand early on in the game with strong pressure and high intensity. Their strong play resulted in a 12th-minute goal from Walters, which then put some pressure on Liverpool to reply. Until Lallana found the equaliser, thanks to former Liverpool player Glen Johnson’s mistake. This showed his prowess as an attacking midfielder, but still isn’t Liverpool’s danger man, with Roberto Firmino showing why he is Liverpool’s key player with a brilliant goal in the 44th minute.

However, Stoke City couldn’t handle the strong side of Liverpool and started to make a few to many mistakes and Gilbert Imbula’s own-goal topped off the mistakes from Divock Origi’s cross. Then in the70th-minutee injury-pron Daniel Sturridge found the back of the net to put the icing on the cake in Liverpool’s 3-goal difference win, to secure the second place on the table.

Chelsea 3 – 0 AFC Bournemouth:

Chelsea came into this came with no Kante or Costa as they were out for Suspension. However that didn’t seem to matter has Chelsea still managed to pull away the big W. Now  they are two wins short of Arsenal’s 14 game winning streak back in the 2001-2002 season.

Bournemouth were decisive in the fact that they tried to maintain possession and keep the ball away from Chelsea’s offensive line. However Chelsea’s winger, Pedro found a hole in  Bournemouth’s defence and fired it into the back of the net in the 24th minute. When you look at the stats, Bournemouth were the better team with 54% of the possession to Chelsea’s 46%, and had 5 shots on target to Chelsea’s 2. But Bournemouth’s attackers couldn’t seem to find the netting as Courtois was always their to stop every shot. Although, Chelsea took their chances and made sure they didn’t miss, with Eden Hazard’s clinical penalty just after halftime and Pedro’s second in stoppage time.

Southampton 1 – 4 Tottenham Hotspur

Southampton came onto the pitch, wanting the win from the start with Van Dijk putting the ball into the back of the net in the 2nd minute from a free-kick cross. However Tottenham knew this was a key game to win to secure their top five position, so with Dele Alli opening the score sheet for the spurs in the 19th minute, they got back into the game. Then with Kane’s brilliant put away from a great cross which came from Christian Eriksen, Southampton started to struggle as they were down to 10 men and had the likes of Austin and Clasie out on injury.

Although Harry Kane’s missed penalty gave Southampton a bit of hope, until Heung-Min Son found the goal to make the score 3-1 by the 85th minute. By then, Southampton knew they had lost the game and were just trying to find a consolation goal, but the world-class Dele Alli was on the ball in open space and found the bottom corner of the net. It turned out to be a very convincing win for Tottenham, and helped them on their title campaign.

Manchester United 3 – 1 Sunderland

It was always going to be tough for Sunderland to face the red devils at Old Trafford, with Daley Blind linking up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic to found the bottom corner of the net in the 39th minute after Paul Pogba missed a couple of chances early on. This topped off a very good half from Blind himself. However, Its very hard to stop an attack force with Zlatan Ibrahimovic being the main part of it, has he got 1 goal and 2 assists. He found the net long after the first goal in the 82nd minute.

Then came the real magic with Henrik Mkhitaryan stunning back heal finish in the 86th minute from a great cross of Ibrahimovic’s. Mkhitaryan said himself that it was his best goal of the season, and I think it was the best goal of the month. It wasn’t only Ibrahimovic that was becoming a amazing player throughout the game, their was Pogba who was doing all the hard work to setup the goals. This result helps to keep pressure on Tottenham for that top 5 position on the table.

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Top 10 EPL Young Guns

Today, I’m counting down the top 10 young talents of the English Premier League. All these players are under the age of 21 and are the bright future of the league with making recent appearances for their sides.

10 Alex Iwobi: The 20-year-old winger has been with Arsenal his whole professional career, and is now making consistent appearances for the side with 14 games, 1 goal and 3 assists. He started his pro career in 2014 for the Gunners and is looking like a promising talent for the future with his strengths being his ball control and agility.

9 Georges-Kevin N’Koudou: The young Frenchman only just came to the EPL on a free transfer from Olympique Marseille this year. The 21-year-old is looking like a promising player for Tottenham with his incredible speed and amazing agility and balance. He’s only had 5 appearances for the spurs but is likely to increase the number in the new year.

8 Kelechi Iheanacho: The Nigerian striker has been a great backup for Sergio Aguero this season and is looking more likely to get a couple more nods from Pep Guardiola. With last year getting 26 games, 8 goals and 1 assist under his belt which then set him up for a great season this year with 12 games, 4 goals, and 3 assists. He is a deadly striker being 6,1 and having spectacular sprint speed and acceleration.

7 Leroy Sane: The $50million pound winger has been a consistent sub for Manchester City with 9 games under his belt. The German moved to Manchester from Schalke 04 this year and has been an amazing player ever since. The German is exactly what you want for a winger as his strengths are acceleration, dribbling, and crossing. He is one player to look out for in the future.

6 Luke Shaw: The Englishman started his professional career for Southampton at the age of 16 and moved to Manchester United in 2014 for $40million. Unfortunately, the 21-year-old has had serious injury problems and has only been able to play a few games for the red devils this season. Although, Shaw is the dream fullback at the height of 6,1 with incredible sprint speed and an amazing standing tackle he is impossible to get past.

5 Divock Origi: The Belgium striker has now been a real talent and key player for Liverpool in the past couple of months. With Daniel Sturridge’s consistent injuries, he is now getting a whole lot more game time with 15 games, 4 goals and 1 assist this season. The 21-year-old  is now becoming more of a deadly threat in front of goal being 6,1 and having amazing strength and incredible speed. Liverpool’s future is in good hands with Divock Origi in their squad.

4 Dele Alli: The Attacking midfielder has become a key part in Tottenham’s title campaign, with 16 games, 4 goals and 1 assist this season. The 20-year-old joined spurs in 2015 from MK Dons for $7million. The Englishmen’s strengths are his brilliant positioning, short passing, and aggression. Alli also won the EPL Young player of the year last season and is looking like a player to watch out for in the future.

3 Anthony Martial: The Manchester United forward has been a masterpiece for the red devils over the past couple of seasons, and has been noted down has the new great striker for the future. The 21-year-old arrived at Manchester from Monaco in 2015 for a fee of $50million pounds. Martial is known for his pinpoint finishing, rapid speed, and clinical dribbling. He is definitely a player to hold on to for the future.

2 Hector Bellerin: The Spanish man is now becoming a guard on Arsenal’s right-hand side. With has incredible speed, acceleration, and tackle, he is impossible to get past. Bellerin has been with the Gunners his whole professional career apart from a loan to Watford in 2014. He is now a nominee for this TOTY as a right-back.

1 Marcus Rashford: The youngster was sitting his finals for school when he was playing for Manchester United at the age of 17. The Englishman has now developed into a world-class striker for the red devils with having 14 games and 3 goals under his belt this season. Rashford has said to multiple news stations, that he is still making mistakes and that he is learning a lot from the 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is now one of the candidates for TOTY. The 19-year-old is known for his incredible speed and amazing agility. Manchester United’s future looks very bright as long as the keep hold of the youngster.

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TOTY EPL Nominees

It’s almost the new year which only can mean one thing, that the team of the year is almost here. Over the past month, all the nominees have come in through all the different leagues, and I am here today to review the best EPL nominees for the Team of the Year.

Forwards:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: With a total of 50 goals in 45 games for both PSG and Manchester United, he’s been an impressive player on the field. At the age of 35, he’s still playing and scoring goals like he was 25. He’s always been a deadly threat in front of goal at the height of 6,5, there’s no wonder he’s on the shortlist for TOTY.

Sergio Aguero: Aguero has always been a deadly striker for Manchester City since he arrived in 2011, although he doesn’t have the height like Ibrahimovic, he saves up for it with his ability to dribble past defenders with pace and finish the ball into the back of the net. The 28-year-old is at the peak of his career with 22 goals in 26 games in 2016.

Alexis Sanchez: The Chilean Winger has been an amazing player for Arsenal throughout the time he’s spent at the gunners. He’s exactly what you want in a winger with his pace and dribbling to his crosses and shooting. After Arsene Wenger snatched him up in 2014 for $43million, he’s been a world-class player. Having 20 goals and 10 assists in 2016, there probably won’t be a spot for him as it’s taken by Ballon’O dor winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jamie Vardy: The Englishmen was a massive part of Leicester City’s fairytale win of the Premier League in the 2015/16 season. With his incredible speed and shot on him, he was impossible to stop. With him also breaking a record for scoring 13 goals in 11 games in a row. After Vardy’s amazing season, saw him get a big spot in the England National team.

Midfielders:

Mesut Ozil: The German attacking midfielder, known as the ‘Assist King,’ has been amazing for Arsenal in 2016. Ozil had 20 assists and 11 goals in 2016, with the ability of assisting anyone in any position, he seems the perfect attacking midfielder for any team. The 28-year-old can also dribble past defenders and can easily skill through any player. I think Ozil has a very good shot at clinching that TOTY spot.

Kevin De Bruyne: The Belgium is a big part in Manchester City’s attack plan with 4 goals and 14 assists. De Bruyne is an incredible player on the ball and is extremely entertaining to watch. The 25-year-old is an amazing midfielder because of his deadly long shots, perfect crossing and terrific vision to read plays. These abilities make De Bruyne a world-class player.

Dimitri Payet: The Frenchmen is doubtably the most improved player of 2016, after joining the Hammers, he has emerged as their most outstanding and key player, some say that he sometimes carries West Ham. Payet is well-known for his spectacular free-kicks, his extreme long shots, and amazing ball control. After having a brilliant season with West Ham he got called up by the France national team for the Euro’s, where he scored the winning goal against Romania in the 89th minute of the opening match. I think the 29-year-old has a great chance of being selected in the TOTY.

Defenders:

Hector Bellerin: The crazily fast right-back has been a key part of Arsenal’s campaign. As he can go on attack and deliver superb crosses into the box and run back in time to defend and stop wingers charging at their defense. The Spanish man has amazing agility and the ability to intercept any passes that are nearby him. The 21-year-old is up against some hefty candidates for the spot with the likes of Lahm, Alves and Carvajal also up for the spot.

Keepers:

David De Gea: The Spanish keeper has always been the second best goalie behind Manuel Neuer for the past couple of TOTY’s, but this year is looking to become the best keeper in the world for 2016. As he’s been Manchester United Wall for the past 6 years, he’s also been the red devils lifesaver in a couple of situations this year. With his strengths being his quick reflexes and is fantastic diving. It’ll be interesting who will get the spot as Neuer has also had a great year with Bayern Munich.

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