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With over half of the season gone, we have seen some stellar football from some stellar players. But, when it’s all said and done, only a select few individuals can take home awards such as “player of the year”. It is so difficult to predict who will continue to shine for the remainder of the season, but we will do our best to provide accurate picks.
Golden Boot (Top Scorer)
Kevin: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan has been outstanding under manager Jose Mourinho, currently scoring ten goals in as many games. His physicality, aerial prowess, and finishing will make the 35-year old Swede a top striker in the game, eventually earning him the Golden Boot.
Kieran: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Lukaku without a doubt is going to be Premier League top scorer by the end of the season. Everton are looking as rejuvenated as ever after thrashing Manchester City 4-0 at the weekend and don’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Lukaku has already scored 12 this season in the premier league and surely with the form Everton are currently in, he could be banging in goals from left, right, and center.
Nik: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Harry Kane has the benefit of playing on a team where everyone is in form. Fresh off a hat trick vs West Brom, Harry Kane looks ready to score every time he touches the ball. With playmakers like Dele and Eriksen setting him up, there is no reason why Harry Kane shouldn’t win the golden boot.
Kevin: Christian Eriksen
The Great Dane’s performances for Tottenham will certainly play a key part in guiding Pochettino’s team to great success. His midfield domination combined with strong physical players like Wanyama and clinical finishers like Alli, Kane and Son should make him the top assister in the league, and one of the best all-around performers.
Kieran: Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Coutinho is one of the members of the most lethal attacks on the planet when fit consisting of Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mané. When that attack is starting for Liverpool, Coutinho has 6 goals and 7 assists in 20 appearances. Coutinho was already challenging for most assists before his injury, but now a days no one is really racking up the assists and this gives a chance for Coutinho to climb to the top. Considering he is only 4 assists off the top, and Liverpool starting to find their form again, Coutinho and Liverpool could go all the way.
Nik: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Christian Eriksen is tied on the assist leaderboard with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne. However, recently City have been slumping and just haven’t looked the same as they did during their bright start to the season. Eriksen’s incredible ability to pick out a pass from anywhere on the field should take him to first place in assists.
Golden Glove (Best Goalkeeper)
Kevin: Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Tom Heaton’s saves this season has already been recognized this season as a top shot stopper, entering the conversation as one of the league’s top keepers with the likes of Courtois, De Gea and Lloris. He and Burnley’s good performances, especially at Turf Moor, will lead Burnley to an impressive mid table finish for a club of their size.
Kieran: Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Tom Heaton has already proved why he should be voted best Premier League goalkeeper , with his heroics Burnley sit 10th in the table. This Burnley side remind me of Manchester United last season, whereas they would not be where they are without the heroics of their goalkeeper.
Nik: Ben Foster (West Brom)
Ben Foster proved his worth in his last game against Tottenham, as some spectacular saves prevented Tottenham from putting 7 or 8 in the back of the net. His incredible play has powered West Brom into 8th place, where they are quietly enjoying a great season.
Young Player of the Year
Kevin: Dele (Tottenham)
Dele Alli has been nothing short of magnificent this season, going on a streak of three consecutive Premier League games where he scored two goals. His vision and great touches, combined with his passing ability makes him one of the best young players in the league and a future star for England. His connection with fellow countryman and attacking partner Harry Kane will pave the way for many successful seasons for Tottenham look for a solid top 3 finish.
Kieran: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Coutinho being as young as he is already world-class talent at the age of only 23, as he was challenging for top assister before being injured and is part of the most lethal attack in the premier league. When Firmino, Mané, and Coutinho are upfront together they seem unstoppable at times. With Liverpool not losing this season at home at all, and not at all with Coutinho, Firmino, and Mané starting together up front, the youngster has proven to be so valuable to his side.
Nik: Dele (Tottenham)
The defending Young Player of the Year, Dele, is an early favorite to defend his title. At only 20 years old, he has provided 10 goals and 2 assists in 20 appearances. But, believe it or not, Dele is only now beginning to catch fire, with 7 of his goals and 1 of his assists coming in the last 5 games, which has propelled Tottenham into 2nd place.
Player of the Year
Kevin: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Kieran: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Mané’s 11 goals and 4 assists in all competitions have helped Liverpool be where they are in the table right now. Currently off at AFCON Mané has 2 goals in 2 games and I see him keeping that kind of form for Liverpool in the second half of the season.
Nik: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Alexis Sanchez has been nothing short of superb this season. He has scored 14 goals and provided 7 assists in just 21 appearances this season. He has sparked several late comebacks for Arsenal, salvaging valuable points, which is why they are currently sitting in a Champion’s League spot.
Manager of the Year
Kevin: Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
Conte’s eccentric, captivating style of play has brought a new sense of togetherness and pride to the dejected players of Chelsea last season. Under his leadership and the 3-4-3 formation he heavily favors, the Blues will find great success and likely another Premier League title.
Kieran: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Jurgen Klopp has turned an 8th place team into world beaters over 1 summer transfer window. Bringing in the likes of Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Gini Wijnaldum, Sadio Mané, and Loris Karius this summer while still making transfer profit. Klavan, Wijnaldum, and Mané transforming the way Liverpool play along with the current talent of captain Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, and Phillipe Coutinho. They creates the perfect line up for the Gergen Press style of play Klopp loves playing, which has seen Liverpool not lose to a team in the top 9 so far this season. Liverpool don’t have the best individuals compared to the other teams in the top 6, but they have the best team play. Unlike Antonio Conte who inherited loads of funds from Roman Abramovic and an already title-winning squad Klopp hasn’t needed to spend as much as Conte and had a more difficult task to bring his team to where they compared to Conte.
Nik: Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
Pochettino’s Spurs are not only having their best start to the season in recent memory, but they are doing it with the youngest starting lineup in the league, at an average of 25 years old. Tottenham are able to consistently take points even while incorporating youngsters such as Harry Winks into the lineup. What may the most remarkable thing about this team is that Poch has managed to get rid of all the egos – everyone buys into the “team first” mindset. Tottenham are currently the only team in the top six that is not a financial superclub – they are able to produce their success mostly from their youth development. Pochettino’s ability to find the perfect balance of development and success makes him the best manager in the league.
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Authors: Nik, Kevin, Kieran