Every Premier League Team's Most Electrifying Player
Despite the lack of entertainment in Premier League Week 13, the English game is full of supreme talent. Every club boasts individuals that have the ability to spark their team into life.
Forgetting the 0-0 draws of the weekend, I've selected the most electrifying player from each top-flight team.
We've got bombing wingers, calculated midfielders and inspirational forwards to wade through. These players amplify the necessity of possessing speed, power, balance and clinical technique.
Ladies and gentleman, here's each club's human defibrillator.
Arsenal, Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott possesses the most electric pace in the world right now. His sheer speed is enough to have the opposition quivering with nervousness. If I was the chant starter at the Emirates, I might scream something like this:
"Theo, Theo, look how fast he go!"
Luckily, I am not the chant starter.
Walcott has often been criticised for having poor delivery in the past. It's fair to say his distribution has improved over the last year, although it's still lacking consistency.
The exceptional sprinter wants to force his way into Arsenal's starting 11 as a striker, but a lack of physicality might hinder his progress. One thing's for sure, his pulsating speed could pose a few questions for any defence under the guise of planet Earth.
Aston Villa, Gabriel Agbonlahor
Gabby Agbonlahor has struggled to make a significant impression over the last couple of years. Like Walcott, the Aston Villa man is blessed with frightening speed.
He has found himself dropping into deeper position across recent weeks, as Darren Bent's injury means Paul Lambert's side struggle to hold the ball up so effectively. Christian Benteke has done a decent job as Bent's replacement, but the partnership isn't quite there yet.
Agbonlahor's acceleration often injects a vital boost to the Villa attack. Unfortunately for the Englishman, he has netted just one goal in 10 Premier League appearances this season.
Chelsea, Eden Hazard
Chelsea possess plenty of electrifying players. The talents of Juan Mata and Oscar were certainly considered, but Eden Hazard takes the nod here.
Belgium's starlet looks to probe the opposition every time he gets the ball. His natural dribbling ability often leaves numerous players swinging their legs wildly.
As we saw at the start of the Premier League season, Hazard's directness sets him apart from his colleagues. He is always looking to take the ball into dangerous areas, often forcing opponents out of position and into a foul.
Need a penalty or free kick in a dangerous position? This man will win plenty.
Everton, Kevin Mirallas
David Moyes has installed a methodical nature into his Everton side. We have the tidiness of Leon Osman, outright power of Marouane Fellaini, and poaching nature of Nikica Jelavic.
We also have the sheer energy of Kevin Mirallas. The recent signing offers a source of relentlessness that brings his peers into play through a direct approach. Mirallas has a habit of bursting forward on the counter attack, allowing the likes of Fellaini and Jelavic to take up useful positions in the opposition's area.
The Belgium's influence is most notable when he isn't on the pitch. In the recent Merseyside derby, Moyes' side lost an obvious sense of flair when Mirallas came off early through injury.
Fulham, Alexander Kacaniklic
Fulham's most electrifying player is difficult to judge. On his day, Bryan Ruiz as the talent to ignite victory. Unfortunately, the Costa Rican's day is rarer than February 29.
Dimitar Berbatov cannot be described as electric. He's an important player, but his output stutters through a lack of pace, energy and effort.
Alexander Kacaniklic fits the description far better than his teammates. The young Swede is enjoying a breakout season at the club. He has scored two goals and provided one assist in 10 Premier League appearances, and is one of the most exciting young talents in the division.
Liverpool, Luis Suarez
Is there a more electrifying player than Luis Suarez?
The Uruguayan embodies everything such a player should represent. His ball control and speed wriggles through defences like nobody else in the world. Suarez often finds a way through the tightest of gaps—an occurrence that results in ridiculous goals.
Love him or hate him, Suarez has won Liverpool plenty of games, and will continue to do so. The club's lack of strikers has amplified his importance this year. Right now, the forward sits atop the Premier League top scorer's list with 10 goals.
Manchester City, Carlos Tevez
How do you choose an electrifying player at a club that is full of them?
Carlos Tevez is defined by his inability to get off the bench against Bayern Munich. It's a real shame, as the Argentinian commits wholeheartedly every time he steps onto the turf.
His relentless work rate ensures he pops up all over the pitch. Tevez is the kind of player who hurries forward even when he's extremely tired. Manchester City's other strikers have a habit of letting the effort cool when play passes them by. Tevez never lets this happen.
As Martin Tyler has stated on the FIFA video games for years now, Tevez's "bulldog-like approach" is a real outlet of productivity for the Premier League champions.
Manchester United, Antonio Valencia
Despite boasting Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Nani (I'm joking), Antonio Valencia is by far Manchester United's most electrifying player.
The right winger is unlike many others. He is muscular, physical, and completely one-footed. Most defenders know what Valencia is going to do—he very rarely shifts the ball onto his left foot. Even so, the Ecuadorian challenges opponents into a locking of horns that often ends in his favour.
United have been without Valencia for the last couple of Premier League matches, and boy, has it shown.
Newcastle United, Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle are struggling to get over Hatem Ben Arfa's injury (via The Northern Echo). Although the Magpies squad is currently riddled with fitness problems, the tiny Frenchman's influence is desperately needed.
It's no coincidence that Alan Pardew's side challenged for a Champions League spot last year—the same time Ben Arfa performed with real swagger and verve.
The attacking midfielder's attitude has always come under scrutiny. When his head is in the right place, Ben Arfa has the technique to score unbelievable solo goals.
Newcastle currently linger in the bottom half of the Premier League table. Would Ben Arfa's return change their fortune?
Norwich City, Anthony Pilkington
Norwich aren't famed for their electric prowess.
Even so, the Canaries are currently enjoying an excellent run of form in the Premier League. Chris Hughton's side have beaten Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United in an unbeaten streak that extended to seven with the draw against Everton.
Anthony Pilkington looks to have settled into top flight football rather well now. He provided Carrow Road's most electric moment of the season with a fantastic winner against Manchester United, and has underlined the determination Norwich are playing with right now.
Queens Park Rangers, Adel Taarabt
If we're considering the electric nature of Adel Taarabt, he should be compared to a power cut.
The Moroccan is so talented. He has the ability to trouble any defence in the world. Of course, Taarabt knows this himself. QPR's most gifted player has stunted his own growth through a lack of hard work. He believed he was the complete player when Paris Saint-Germain sniffed around his signature—a year in the Premier League proved otherwise.
Taarabt is showing signs of steady improvement this campaign. He continues to implement a greater desire when hassling the opposition and is putting in decent effort on the defensive side of things.
The player's old temper continues to bubble under the surface though, as proven by his early withdrawal in the frustrating loss against Manchester United.
Reading, Hal Robson-Kanu
Reading have struggled to assert themselves in the Premier League. The recent 3-2 loss to Wigan highlights a club that needs to improve quickly if they are to remain in the division.
Similar to Norwich, Brian McDermott's side isn't made up of electrifying players.
Hal Robson-Kanu is Reading's most explosive outlet on the wing. The 23-year-old has only started three Premier League matches so far, but has contributed two goals in a total of nine appearances.
Adam Le Fondre should consider himself unlucky to miss out on this one. The striker has clinched four points with three vital goals. Although he has been an important player recently, the effective finisher has a tendency to go missing when opportunities aren't gifted to him.
Southampton, Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana offers a different type of electricity to many players on this list.
The 24-year-old galvanises his team through his contribution all over the pitch. He regularly intercepts the ball, makes important tackles and retains possession in key areas.
Lallana has produced four assists and two goals in 13 appearances this season—fine statistics moving up from the Championship.
Stoke City, Michael Kightly
Many will pick Matthew Etherington as Stoke's most electrifying player. I opt for Michael Kightly.
The former Wolves star has a real versatility about his game. Tony Pulis brought Kightly in because he can tackle, likes to shoot from distance and initiates attacking moves with a willingness to run at opponents.
Kightly's goal in the 4-2 loss to Manchester United summed up his wide range of talents. He won the ball, skipped around Sir Alex Ferguson's men as if they weren't there, and then finished confidently.
Sunderland, Stephane Sessegnon
Adam Johnson should look away now.
Stephane Sessegnon is world class at his best. His Premier League career came to life with nine assists and seven goals last season. Although he has struggled for consistency this year, Sessegnon is showing signs of better form.
Sunderland fans will hope the improvement continues. Sessegnon's electricity only ever ignites in the final third. The Benin international looks to play key passes as often as he tries to surpass rivals with a silky dribble.
While defensive duties aren't high on his priority list, the former PSG man will be at the heart of any Sunderland success this season.
Swansea City, Pablo Hernandez
Pablo Hernandez's performance against Liverpool was truly excellent. He lacks the electric pace of Nathan Dyer, but the Spaniard offers far more than short bursts of speed.
Michael Laudrup's decision to bring Hernandez in should be commended. The talented playmaker is always looking to influence proceedings with an accurate through ball or neat run. Swansea's players are beginning to work around Hernandez, who often controls possession with a neatness befit of the club.
Rather than electrifying, perhaps Hernandez should be considered Swansea's conductor.
Tottenham Hotspur, Gareth Bale
Speed. Power. Technique.
Gareth Bale has the lot. At times, the Welshman's ability is frightening. He is one of the few Premier League individuals who can completely change a result by himself. Similar to Suarez at Liverpool, Bale's qualities are enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Will he play at White Hart Lane much longer? With Real Madrid lurking, his future is unclear (via The Daily Mail).
West Bromwich Albion, Peter Odemwingie
Steve Clarke's West Brom fairytale continues. The team are currently third in the Premier League, with impressive wins against Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea tallied up before Christmas.
Despite his ridiculous red card against Fulham, Peter Odemwingie is the club's most electrifying threat. He remains the most well-rounded forward at the club. The Nigerian has decent pace, enjoys dribbling past the opposition, and also has a killer finish to boot.
Odemwingie has produced four goals and three assists in 10 matches this season. Considering one game ended early with the aforementioned sending off, and three appearances have come off the bench, this ratio competes with the best.
West Ham United, Kevin Nolan
It's humorous to outline Kevin Nolan as electrifying.
The burly Englishman is more comparable to a vessel powered by steam. He has an uncanny ability to drive towards the opposition's area with pace, often slotting home from close positions.
West Ham's experienced player is the engine of Sam Allardyce's team. Nolan has the presence to dictate play across a variety of midfield positions and is often pivotal to the individual success of his colleagues.
Matt Jarvis has the potential to become West Ham's most electrifying player. As we stand, Nolan isn't budging for quite some time.
Wigan Athletic, Arouna Kone
Roberto Martinez often flaunts the Midas touch at Wigan.
He works diligently with a limited transfer budget. Arouna Kone's capture was a stunning piece of business, especially when you consider the striker's 15 goals in 34 appearances for Levante last season.
Kone's effortless pace and dribbling skills have become vital to Wigan's approach. The Ivorian forward brings his attacking partners into the game with accurate passes and assists. Franco Di Santo and Jordi Gomez's stint of form is hugely reliant on Kone's quality with the ball.
The forward is so electrifying that his hair seems to have turned white out of shock.
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