Ranking Premier League Stars Based on Current Form

Pradeep Kumar@@peepu92Featured ColumnistApril 1, 2013

Ranking Premier League Stars Based on Current Form

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    Liverpool’s comeback victory away at Aston Villa concluded another crazy weekend in the English Premier League.

    Martin O’Neill spent his Easter weekend wondering what next, even as former West Ham man Paolo Di Canio assumed charge of Sunderland FC.

    Nigel Adkins returned to the Premier League with Reading FC, albeit in a heavy defeat against Arsenal FC.

    Robin van Persie believed that his Premier League goal drought had come to an end. Unfortunately, it hadn’t, as Titus Bramble had other ideas.

    Gareth Bale scored yet again as Tottenham overcame Swansea City while Andy Carroll soared back into newspaper headlines with a brace that sank West Bromwich Albion.

    All-in-all, we were spectators to action-packed encounters.

    Of course, certain players stood out, and 10 amongst them stand honored here on this list.

1. Gareth Bale

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    His goals have helped his team greatly in their quest of Champions League.

    So there is no questioning Gareth Bale’s importance to the Spurs lineup.

    The only player aside of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to have managed to sustain a goal scoring form for both club and country, Gareth Bale’s impressive goal against Swansea City alone should put him in contention for the top spot.

    However, neither did his individuality nor his Ronaldo-esque run up to take a free kick win him top honors.

    The guy is in sublime form and nobody can dispute that.

2. Philippe Coutinho

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    Philippe Coutinho has been simply phenomenal.

    The little Brazilian moved from Inter Milan to Liverpool during the January transfer window, and since his debut against West Brom, has gone on to become a mainstay in the Liverpool starting lineup.

    Two goals and three assists in the six games that he has played, Coutinho has managed to walk into the hearts of Liverpool supporters, who now expect something special from the diminutive winger every time he gets on the ball.

    It speaks volumes, as it is a status monopolized by the effervescent Luis Suarez upon Merseyside.

3. Jan Vertonghen

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    Gareth Bale’s club colleague Jan Vertonghen has had a splendid 2013.

    Throughout the season, the former Ajax skipper’s defensive performances have been very solid.

    However, it is courtesy of his exploits in front of the goal that he finds himself in on this list.

    Five goals since the turn of the year and the sturdy Belgian has accumulated more strikes than club mates Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor put together.

    Even as Gareth Bale runs away with the entire spotlight, Vertonghen deservedly earns recognition for his sustained run of form in key encounters for Tottenham.

4. Rickie Lambert

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    Rickie Lambert has had to come up the long and hard way to be in the position he now finds himself in.

    The best English striker on offer, in terms of current form and scoring returns, Rickie Lambert’s performances have reaped him huge rewards.

    Two free kicks converted against Liverpool and Chelsea in successive weeks and with an impeccable penalty conversion rate as he boast, Lambert deserves every bit of the praise that comes his way.

    Andy Carroll’s brace against West Brom set in motion talks of reinstating the striker into the national fold. No offense on big Andy, but he has got to do much more than just score a brace to stake a claim in the national squad.

    If anyone deserves a spot in the national setup, it is this 31-year-old from Kirkby, Liverpool.

5. David De Gea

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    Manchester United’s massive lead at the top of the table has lifted significant pressure off of the challengers’ shoulders.

    Perhaps it is one of the reasons why David de Gea’s form has increased considerably. He has been more resilient behind the sticks besides being reliable.

    Yet it comes as a surprise that the Spaniard’s improved performances have slipped the attention of the mainstream media.

    Still, he needs to work on his punching and increase his command over the area.

6. Christian Benteke

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    Christian Benteke, put simply, is relegation threatened Aston Villa’s knight in shining armor.

    In only his first season in the English Premier League, the Zaire born forward has plundered 14 goals.

    He scored against Liverpool in both the league games played against the Merseysiders and has proved to be a nightmare for defenders to handle.

    Villa’s hopes of survival hinge on Benteke’s goals, and he has kept their spirits alive by keeping his goal scoring form going.

7. Santiago Cazorla

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    The second of three Spaniards to feature on this list, Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla has kept his form up with a composed performance during the last game against Reading.

    Despite the occasional dip in his form, the little Spaniard has been largely influential when on pitch.

    His 12 goals and 12 assists in 41 games this season is proof of that.

8. Steven Gerrard

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    “Captain fantastic” Steven Gerrard finds a spot on the list on account of his match-winning and equally match-saving contributions against Aston Villa on Sunday.

    Gerrard converted from the spot and minutes later stopped Christian Benteke from scoring an equalizer with a goal-line clearance.

    His form has been above average at best, but the important thing is that Stevie G has managed to play every minute of Premier League action for Liverpool.

    Besides, he has been able to carry forward the fitness when in the England national team fold. His passion to play and represent Liverpool never seems to diminish and is fantastic for a player who turns 33 this May.

10. Carlos Tevez

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    Manchester City’s title defence is non-existent.

    However, they still score goals and are winning matches.

    Pivotal to achieving the success has been Argentinian Carlos Tevez whose goals have helped City overcome a recent dip in form.

    Despite his run-ins with the law—read driving ban—Carlos Tevez’s current form would help him find a club for the future, should he seek a move away from the Etihad during the summer transfer window.

10. Leighton Baines

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    The most consistent defender in the English Premier League, Leighton Baines’ contribution to the Everton side is no small thing.

    It may be true that Marouane Fellaini may have scored the goals for them this season, but it is Baines’ consistency that has helped create the many chances which other players have utilized to their advantage.

    Leighton Baines is as essential a part to the Everton set up as Xavi is to Barcelona, no words minced here.

    And finally onto the last player on the list. He is also the third and final Spaniard on here...

Fernando Torres

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    Ouch!

    Did somebody not tell you that it was April Fools' day!