Since the 2015-16 Premier League season kicked off and Jefferson Montero tormented Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, the debate about who are the best wingers in the Barclays Premier League has raged.
Therefore it was no surprise, that when I “borrowed” my son’s ‘Match of the Day’ magazine this week, I noticed they had a feature article inside on whom they felt were the top ten wingers in the league – which in their words:
Wingers are the coolest players on a footy pitch, but who’s the best in the entire Prem”
The opening page of the feature had images of Sterling, Sanchez, Hazard, Redmond, Mahrez and Hazard. Yes I know what you are thinking, some of them aren’t even (out and out) wingers and where the heck is Monty!
Quickly flicking through the pages to find our Ecuadorian flyer, you can imagine my surprise (disgust?) when he wasn’t even included in the selected 10!?Perhaps I’m being biased, but the facts don’t lie and when you look at the EA Sports Player Performance Index, you’ll notice that Jefferson Montero has provided more crosses in open play (63) and performed more dribbles (73) than any other player in the Premier League this season (thus far).
My annoyance was tempered somewhat by the inclusion of Andre Ayew at number 5 in their “ranking”. This is what MOTD Magazine had to say about the Ghanian international:
This fella might just be the bargain of the season. Ayew signed for Swansea on a free transfer and has taken to the Prem like a duck to water – he scored on his debut against Chelsea, and then grabbed another goal in the their win over Man United a couple of weeks later. With his clever movement and cool finishing, the Prem’s big boys must be kicking themselves for failing to snap him up!
In fairness, Ayew’s stats are quite impressive with his 5 goals all coming from within the box, 60% of which have been headers.
With stats like that, one could debate about whether or not he is a better option up front that Gomis, but I’ll leave that debate for another day!
Now no doubt, you, like I, were/are wondering who the heck actually made the top 10 wingers list, so here’s the full rundown as MOTD Magazine called it:
10. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)
9. Dusan Tadic (Southampton)
8. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
7. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
6. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United)
5. Andre Ayew (Wales’ Only Premier League Team)
4. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
3. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
2. Rhaheem Stirling (Manchester City)
1. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
So what do you fella’s think of that then? Are you surprised that Montero wasn’t included?
I know one thing, it’s a good job that at least one Swan was listed, otherwise this Swansea lass would have gone off on one and given the Match of the Day Magazine boyos a right old ear bashing!