Chelsea's Florent Malouda the Best Player in England?

Timothy NCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2010

MOSCOW - OCTOBER 19:  Florent Malouda of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Spartak Moscow and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on October 19, 2010 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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In what seems to be a down season in the Premiership, with more injuries and controversy than great games played, I began to ask not only which team is the best in the league, but who is the best player?

Chelsea are once again on top of the league and have played better than any other English team all season, but do not seem to have hit top form just yet against top tier competition. 

Just as in the past, a solid backline is the foundation to their success but their midfield and attack has been simply outrageous, dating all the way to their triumph last season.

So, if we look at the best team in search of their best player, familiar names like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Ashley Cole and Florent Malouda all come to mind.

Not only that, one must look at players like Cesc Fabregas, Carlos Tevez, Gareth Bale and even Paul Scholes from other contending teams and put them in the discussion as well.

This season, Drogba, Essien and Cole have been absolutely great, with only a few injuries and quiet games from each of them while Lampard has been out for the last month. 

Fabregas is, of course, dealing with whatever injury bug that bites Arsenal every season but has also been superb when healthy.

Tevez, Scholes and Bale I feel have been at a level either equal to Chelsea's fantastic trio, if not higher, since they are operating with less talent around them; they have been extraordinary at times with only one or two truly quiet games.

Malouda, on the other hand, has been something else entirely—as if he were playing on an entirely different level on a night-in, night-out basis.

He is the best creator for Chelsea and could give Fabregas and Scholes a run for their money as the most creative players in the whole of the Premiership.

He is also quietly tied for the lead in the race for the Golden Boot and is vital to the best frontline in the Premiership and possibly a top five frontline in the entire world.

So, I pose a question to you Premiership fans, is Chelsea's Florent Malouda the best player in England?