Voting has been underway throughout the month of December for the first Footyblog.net Premier League Player of the Year and our fans have come to a decision.
With just over 30% of the vote, the winner is Liverpool’s controversial Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.
Suarez, despite his ten match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, which covered the back end of last season and the start of this, gained just under a third of the vote.
Suarez has made an incredible start to the season, scoring 19 goals in 13 Premier League appearances, as well as making five assists.
Four of these goals, and perhaps is best, came in a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Anfield on a night where Suarez was literally unplayable.
In December, his two goals in the 3-1 victory over Cardiff City at Anfield, made the Liverpool striker the first player to score 10 goals in a calendar month in the Barclays Premier League.
Suarez’s total of 19 goals in the Barclays Premier League this season is the most at this stage of a season and it is also putting the striker ahead of the rate to become the highest goalscorer during a 38-match season.
In second place with 29% of the vote is perhaps this season’s most improved player, Aaron Ramsey. The Arsenal midfielder has been an absolute revelation this season, having come under criticism from many quarters in previous seasons.
Ramsey has took this season by absolute storm, becoming a key member of the Arsenal midfield, as they look to win the Premier League for the first time in a decade.
The Welsh international Ramsey has netted eight times this season, as well as setting up six goals from midfield, tally’s that both eclipse those from previous years.
His all round performance has also gained wide spread accolades from the footballing world, inspiring the Gunners to wins both domestically and in Europe, where Arsenal qualified from their tough Champions League group.
Rounding of the top three is Everton’s loan striker, Romelu Lukaku, currently on loan from Chelsea. Lukaku spent last season, and the first half of 2013 at West Brom, where his reputation continued to grow as he continued to score goals, including a hat trick against Manchester United in his last game at the Hawthorns.
In fact, it was a bit of a shock when Chelsea decided to loan the Belgian international out for the 2013/14 season. Despite interest from West Brom again, Lukaku ended up at Everton, where the 20-year-0ld has continued to impress.
Lukaku, who has 25 caps for his national side, has found the net a total of nine times in the Premier League for Everton so far this season, more times than any of the strikers currently at Chelsea and is on course to match his total of 17 goals for West Brom last season with ease.
Lukaku is likely to play a big role for Belgium in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil and at only 20, has a massive future ahead of him in the game.
The rest of the top five:
4th) Sergio Aguero
5th) Eden Hazard