ExtraFootie: Top 10 Premier League players to shine in 2009/10
2009-08-14 - Added by
With only one day remaining until the footballing extravaganza that is the Barclays Premier League gets under way, ExtraFootie takes a look at the ten players we are tipping to light up this season.
10. Chris McCann (Burnley) - A box-to-box midfielder with a great engine, McCann played an instrumental role in helping the club reach the promised land. He is neat and tidy on the ball and will be a big player for Coyle's men this season. If the Clarets go down, expect the young Irishman to be on many team's shopping list next summer.
9. Marouane Fellaini (Everton) - He may need a haircut but there
can be no doubting the Belgian's quality. Used as a makeshift
centre-forward last season, Fellaini bullied and harrassed defenders. Expect the same this campaign only in his favoured midfield position. Will hope to score more, while receiving less yellow cards! (12 last season).
8. Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur) - After a slow start to life in England the Croatian will undoubtedly be the scurge of many this season. A fantastic dribbler with an eye for the slide rule pass, the 23-year-old also works hard for the team and could be the man to inspire Spurs into the top four.
7. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) - He may be new to the Premier League scene, but he has all the attributes to be a sensation. Under the careful guidance of Martin O'Neill he will flourish and could prove to be the buy of the summer. In the Steven Gerrard mould in that he will not be afraid to put his foot in and can pass with both feet.
6. Hugo Rodallega (Wigan Athletic) - A surprise choice perhaps, but there is no doubting the Colombian has bags of potential. Strong, quick and good with both feet, the 24-year-old has had six months to settle at the DW Stadium and expect him to terrorise defences this season. Martinez's style should suit him perfectly.
5. Stephen Ireland (Manchester City) - City's Player of the Year last season and rightfully so, the Irishman has quickly established himself as one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League. Forget the big-money arrivals at Eastlands - if Mark Hughes' men are to do well this season Ireland will be key. Fantastic football brain.
4. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) - The tormentor in chief at Stamford Bridge. Amazingly he has only scored more than 20 goals in a season once and that's not good enough for a player with
his ability. He bullies defenders and under Ancelotti could inspire the Blues to glory this campaign. Needs to keep a lid on that temper though.
3. Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) - The Russian genuis scored six goals and created seven more in his first 15 games for the Gunners - expect more of the same this season. Technically superb, Arshavin in tandem with Cesc and van Persie is a frightening thought. The catalyst for a top-four finish perhaps? Even the title? Maybe.
2. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - 'Cometh the hour cometh the man' - and United will certain need 'Wazza' to step up to the plate now that Ronaldo and Tevez have left. 'Fergie' has backed him to get 25 goals plus this season and who could bet against him. Set for a central role this term and he should thrive on it!
1. Fernando Torres (Liverpool) - Quite simply, he is the best centre forward in the world (when fit). He is quick, strong and scores goals and defenders can not rattle him. Leads the line with authority and class. Predictable inclusion it may be, but breathtaking quality. The ace in the pack as the Reds end their 20 year wait?
* Agree with our Top 10? If not, then why not tell us here at ExtraFootie who you are tipping to have a memorable 2009/10 campaign.