English Premier League: Top 5 Players of the 2013-14 Season
Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard or Yaya Toure? Who has been the best player of the English Premier League this season?
Before unveiling the best player, let us count down the top 5 players for the 2013-2014 season.
Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Seamus Coleman, Luke Shaw, Gary Cahill, Wilfried Bony, Loic Remy, Jay Rodriguez, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Davies, Romelu Lukaku, Martin Skrtel.
5. Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool have taken the Premier League by storm this season. Despite the loss to Chelsea, they are still in contention, and even a minor slip by Manchester City would swing the advantage toward Anfield.
SAS—Sturride and Suarez!
The duo have formed an immense striking partnership this year, with both operating together to stretch the defence. Sturridge's superb finishing skills combined with intelligent play has seen him net 20 goals and seven assists this season.
4. Steven Gerrard
An ever-imposing presence at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield, Steven Gerrard has been in sublime form this season. He has been tactically and technically marvellous—roaming forward, yet defending astutely and holding the ball. Furthermore, his superb range of passing has allowed other players to surge forward and execute a swift counterattack.
However, even more than that, Captain Fantastic has been an immense leader for the team. It was most visible after their win against Manchester City, where he called his team-mates into a huddle and demanded a similar performance against Norwich City. He is able to inspire and at the same time orchestrate—a combination seldom found.
3. Eden Hazard
The PFA young player of the year has had another sensational season for Chelsea. With 14 goals and seven assists under his belt, he has been the primary creative spark for Jose Mourinho. His immense dribbling skills combined with precision passing and finishing mean that he will be a staple in the Chelsea side for years to come.
2. Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure is a beast. There are no if, ands or buts about it. He wreaks havoc on all of his opponents. Perhaps there is no other player in the Premier League with such a combination of footballing intellect, offensive prowess and defensive acumen.
He can work as an effective shield in midfield—breaking up plays and setting up a swift counter-attack— and he can also surge forward to dismantle opposing defences and score goals. He has certainly been the most pivotal player for city this season.
1. Luis Suarez
After having controversially bitten Branislav Ivanovic last season and being subjected to several high profile bids from Arsenal in the preceding summer, Luis Suarez was convinced by his manager Brendan Rodgers to stay with Liverpool, and he has certainly been the player most instrumental in propelling Liverpool to unprecedented heights this season.
Brendan Rodgers said of Suarez:
He is a really intelligent man who fits the values of this club, which is all about humility, class and he has all of that. He is a sheer winner and that probably overspilled last year but his development over the last year has been remarkable both on and off the field and Liverpool have benefited from that. For me he is the consistently outstanding player over the course of the last year. For me he is the consistently outstanding player over the course of the last year
In my opinion, he is the most complete player in the EPL. He scores goals, creates numerous chances and hardly ever gets injured. If you put all of the controversies behind him, Suarez can easily transform into one of the greatest players ever.
A majestic force all by himself, Luis Suarez can dribble in tight spaces, hit a menacing free-kick, set up team-mates with ease and, most importantly, score goals—and by the plenty! He's recorded 30 goals and 12 assists thus far, which have included three hat-tricks and another four-goal match against Norwich, and that has surely cemented his status as the best player in England in the 2013/14 season.