The August window may be some way off, but as we reach the business end of the Barclay’s Premiership contracts are running down and managers confident of still being in office come the summer are already composing their wish lists to wave under the Chairman’s nose.
Don’t think any one was predicting that were they. 16 goals this season and counting. I’m never sure what kind of player is. Sometimes his goals seem like right time, right place, sometimes you can see his solo skill, sometimes he seems like an old fashioned goal poacher, sometimes a more European flair player. Whatever his skills they seem to be doing enough, as he carries Newcastle up to an impressive 6th in the league.
But this has led to interest from Spurs and PSG amongst others. If he stays in England I think he’ll wind up at Liverpool, but PSG are a hard team to turn down nowadays. I think PSG.
Robin Van Persie
Now things are improving at Arsneal, but just a few short weeks ago the team were in turmoil. The only bright spark during that time was Captain, top scorer and talisman RVP. Has at times single handedly dragged Arsenal to victorys, and kept the Gunners within touching distance of the top teams until the rest of the player decided to show up. With 25 goals he’s currently leagues top scorer, and likely will end it in that position.
Many rumours of him leaving, but even one of his suitors Mancini thinks he’ll stay at Arsenal. So do I, for one more year at least.
Hasn’t been celebrated in the press as much as some seasons, but quietly still performing and importantly, scoring. With 18 league goals this year Wayne is second top scorer in the league, and Man Utd’s top. A lot of these came form his blistering start to the season, but despite the downturn in goal rate, Wayne is still the Man United rely on as they compete for the title. No question of him leaving. At United for the next 3 years at least.
Sometimes I’m very wrong about players. I wasn’t sure how Aguero would adapt to the Prem, after playing for so long with one club and one style. Well Aguero has taken to league as if it was made for him. 16 goals in 25 games makes him City’s top scorer. He is the kind of player who never seems to waste an opportunity, maybe the most clinical player on the list.
I think he’ll stay at City long after Mario, Tevez and Dzeko have sulked off, and become the face of the team for years to come.
Imagine where Blackburn would be without the Yak. One of the least expected comebacks in recent years. An ageing (and bloating) Yakubu spent much of last season on loan to Leicester in the Championship, and overall did a solid, but unremarkable job at Everton. A drop down to Blackburn where it was uncertain he would start ahead of the likes of Hoillett and new signing Rochina . But it was a Yak come back attack (sorry), with 13 goals this season at a team who are 17th and hardly providing much support. A natural goalscorer who may keep Rovers up.
If Blackburn get relegated then surely Yakubu won’t be going down with them; West Brom, QPR, or even striker short Villa would be good locations.
A surprising signing for Spurs. There’s an old idea loan players won’t work as hard for the club, but Adebayor has done a good job leading the Spurs line whilst on a season long loan. Scored a decent 11 goals in the league this year, but his 11 assists show how important he is to the teams style of play
With his loan up at the end of the season it’s hard to see where he will end up. I doubt returning to Madrid will work out, but can Spurs afford the fee and wages. I think Levy will bite the bullet and make an offer. Spurs next year.
Trying to steer clear of all the circus surround Mario, so let’s just look at his goals. 11 goals in 17 games, and some of them quite remarkable. There are of course also those other games, those games were he misses and sulks his way through 90 mins. But Mancini has constantly kept faith in Mario to be the man there when goals are needed, and most of the time he’s been proven right.
Where will he end up? Well that would presume we can understand the mind of Mario which we obviously can’t. But all the tantrums and threats to leave have been fairly small scale as of now, and I don’t he’s ready to leave yet. But who knows with Mario. One bad day, and he’ll be ready to pack his bags and head back to AC Milan.
At the age of 30, and on the Norwich bench Grant Holt would surely just have been happy to support the team however he can, and see a few minutes of Premier League football, before Norwich possibly went down again. Well he, and Norwich, have surprised and impressed everyone. Holt, previously of Shrewsbury, started the season as Norwich’s super-sub, but now with 10 goals he has set himself as an important member of their team, and the top scorer. May not fit in with the other glamour player’s on the list, but doing just as important role for his team.
Despite Holt’s good form their wont be too many clubs queueing up for the 30 year old and it looks like Norwich will stay up. He’s been there for 3 years, and will be there next year.
Dzeko has sometimes been the quiet man of City. With less goals than Aguero, less controversy than Tevez, and less entertainment than Mario, few have noticed that Dzeko is having a solid season, and playing a big role in City’s title challenge. Dzeko has 13 in 23 games. If this is Dezko not finding his feet yet, then he may be very dangerous when he finds form.
No rumours or reason to leave, but not integral to City. Will probably stay for the chances to win trophy’s.
Only 6 goals and a whole heap of controversy may not look like good season, but ask Liverpool fans and they’ll tell you a different story. One of the most creative, and skilful players in the league when going forward. Maybe not an out and out striker, but plays a more important role in Liverpool’s attack than their actual striker Carroll.
The racism row may have soured his taste of English football, and he has been rumoured to be PSG’s top target. If this is true then PSG and the Qatari money may force a move.
Close to making the list: Sturridge, Steven Fletcher, Danny Graham, Helguson, and if he continues like he is …Pavel Pogrebnyak
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