By Tony Ngare
As the new season opens tomorrow, which are some of the top players to watch out for? I have been staring at my crystal ball and consulting a consortium of premiership diehards. After hours of arguing ourselves hoarse, here is a comprise list of the top ten footballers who The Banter expects to light up the stadiums.
The fact that he is an Arsenal player is not the reason he makes this list, or even comes first on it.
Despite the ongoing Robin van Persie saga, Gunners fans have had plenty to smile about and Cazorla puts the icing on the cake.
For a midfielder in Spain to make 45 Caps is no mean achievement. Just imagine how good Mikel Arteta is yet he has never smelled the national team’s washroom, leave alone the dressing room. This guy is that good.
Robin Van Persie
Thankfully, the RVP transfer saga is over after he opted to ‘go to hell’ and become a devil. But that is besides the point. The Golden Boot winner with 30 goals last season will surely have another splendid season.
My only two concerns is for how long will they get along with Wayne Rooney at Man United before ego contests take over? Secondly, for how long can he stay injury free? Upto December, March maybe?
After Chelsea won the race to sign Belgian star Hazard, fans have been quick to pin their hopes on him for the coming season and justify his Sh 4 billion price tag. His form in pre season was up and down, but he showed good poise, balance and close control.
Just like Arsene Wenger, Martin Jol has a problem of his own at Fulham. Clint Dempsey, arguably USA’s best player, has been dogged by transfer speculation all summer. Transfer sagas usually do not involve average players, so Dempsey deserves the ongoing tug of way between his employer and covetous suitors.
Few have forgiven him for denying Ghana an outright goal in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Yet, he could be the unluckiest player in the English Premier League.
Suarez is the man Brendan Rodgers will need to score the largest percentage of goals in a Liverpool shirt, and it’s time Suarez delivered.
Whether he’s scoring, celebrating, receiving a red card or giving out money, Mario Balotelli always turns heads.
After an impressive Euro 2012 campaign for Italy, City fans are desperately hoping he will carry that form forward.
He is a frightening footballer. I still can’t believe he was at Arsenal for weeks on end on trial and Wenger let him go. His strength, speed, awareness and technique all come together and form one monstrous frame — a frame almost no one can handle.