@DaveTindallGolf‘s race to the Premier League Player of the Year after Matchday 6.
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A blank from the Chelsea star at West Ham on Saturday and, to underline his importance, no-one else could step up and the Blues lost their 100% record. But, Hazard remains top of the scoring charts with five and they’ve come at a rate of 79 minutes per goal. No-one on three or more is anywhere near that and, when his two assists are added in, the Belgian deserves to stay at No.1. His Carabao Cup cameo at Liverpool was also fantastic.
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The giant Dutchman didn’t last the full 90 against Southampton due to a rib problem but was imperious up to his departure, snuffing out potential danger when Saints got behind the Liverpool defence. The Reds haven’t conceded a Premier League goal at Anfield since February and Van Dijk has been the top-flight’s most impressive defender.
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It was probably inevitable that Aguero would mark his 300th appearance for City with a goal. His opener against Cardiff set the Citizens on the way to a 5-0 win and was his 205th for the club. In terms of this season, that’s four in the bank in the Premier League and let’s not forget his two assists and brace in the 2-0 Community Shield win.
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Smart play to set up Shaqiri’s shot which led to a 10th-minute Southampton own goal and he’s been involved in so much of Liverpool’s best attacking moments this season despite officially not registering an assist. You can’t argue with his four goals though and he’s been the constant menace when Salah or Firmino have taken it in turns to dip.
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He’s been a regular in the top five this season due mainly to his attacking prowess which peaked with that late winner against Arsenal. But let’s not forget he has defensive duties too and the shutout against West Ham was Chelsea’s second clean sheet in three Premier League starts.
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Newcastle, Cardiff and Huddersfield are the bottom three because they don’t have anyone to put the ball in the net. Oh what they’d give for Mitrovic, who now sits alongside Eden Hazard at the top of the scoring charts after his late equaliser against Watford. The Serbian has scored five of Fulham’s eight Premier League goals so far.
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Klopp decided to give him a rest on Saturday. It lasted 45 minutes as, worried at how Southampton were getting in behind, he called on his trusty midfielder to close the gaps which Milner did with his usual aplomb. His goal and two assists tell a fraction of his contribution to the Reds so far and that clattering tackle on Neymar in midweek has further cemented his status.
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With Leicester not exacting pulling up any trees so far, Madison may have been spared some of the criticism having only made the move up from the Championship this summer. But, instead, he’s been the Foxes’ standout star. A second-half strike against Huddersfield made it two in two and three for the season.
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Sterling has been hovering around the fringes of the top 10 all season but I’ll promote him into it this week as he’s been one of Man City’s best performers so far and the champions have only dropped two points out of 18. The England star has registered three goals and an assist and 73% of his shots have been on target.
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Not at his best v Southampton but only a few days later the Brazilian had banged in a late winner against PSG. Along with that Champions League strike, he has two goals and two assists in the Premier League and is absolutely crucial to this Liverpool team.