EPL Mid-Season Awards
After the first half of a thrilling EPL season, it's time to give out the awards for the best and worse in the EPL so far.
QPR - QPR oh QPR, where do we start. Did you seriously think you could win? QPR has turned into a retirement home for players past their prime, and it has damaged the London club severely. Harry Rednapp will have a tough job ahead of him, and will need to sell underperforming players in order to produce funds for half-decent players.
Newcastle - Newcastle has been the under-performer of the year, managing to lose even with the likes of Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa. It will only get worse for Newcastle, as Ba has planned to leave Newcastle, and Chelsea and Arsenal are preparing to make bids for Ben Arfa. Not to mention that Cabaye needs surgery and Cisse won't score.
Wigan Athletic - Wigan always manages to make things hard for themselves. They can't score or make crosses to save their life, possibly in the EPL that is. They'll need to make changes in the front and back lines if they are to stay up.
Winner: Newcastle! Wigan simply doesn't have money or players to be a quality team, and QPR is changing their ways. Newcastle needs to change, and quickly to salvage something from this season.
David De Gea (Manchester United) - I know, I know. All of you silly United fans think he is under rated, but let's look at the stats. This season, De Gea has had 143 saves and 1 clean sheet. Even Ali Al Habsi has more, and he plays for Wigan. Wigan. If you haven't read above or checked the EPL standings, I think Man United has a better defense than Wigan.
Tim Krul (Newcastle) - One of the many disappointments for Newcastle this season, Krul has had 204 saves and 2 clean sheets. Also, he's allowed 23 goals, 4th worst in the EPL.
Adam Federici (Reading) - I don't think anyone told Federici that the season started, or he just doesn't care. He has let in 24 goals and has only had 194 saves this season. Also, he's let in 3 against Fulham and Wigan and 5 against Arsenal.
Winner: De Gea! For a guy who is a starter for Manchester United, he is horrendous. Even the guy who's backing him up has more clean sheets (Lindegaard has 2) than him. Krul has had his good games this season, and you can't blame Federici for his woes, as the defense he's playing behind is very poor.
Worst Player (Non-Goalkeeper)
Stewart Downing (Liverpool) - Almost as bad as Torres, Downing as 1 goal and 1 assist in the EPL since coming from Aston Villa for 20M pounds. Other than the game in which he had his goal and assist, he has done NOTHING.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) - Nasri was supposed to be the next big thing. Or so he told us. In his second season with City he has only one goal and 3 assists and has picked up 3 yellows. People who have more goals so far in the EPL include Jose Fonte of Southampton, who a) plays for Southampton, b) is worth 20M less than Nasri and c) is a defender.
Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal) - 2.6 million dollar salary, and zero Arsenal EPL appearances. Enough said.
Winner: Marouane Chamakh wins it in a lopsided race. Zero appearances at that salary beats anything.
West Bromwich - Did anyone say UCL??? The Baggies are in 6th right now, but would be in 4th if not for goal differential. They've beat Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton and gave City and Newcastle a run for their money. Have we mentioned it's West Brom?
Swansea City - The Swans were already the first Welsh team to be in the EPL, and now they look to be the first Welsh team to finish in the top 5. It's looks like the Swans could do it with Michael Laudrup in charge, as they are currently sitting in 7th and looking to pounce on the top teams.
Manchester United - Champ20ns? It looks like it. United is clear of the table by 6 points. United only has 3 losses so far, and has had quality performances in the Champions League and Capital One Cup so far.
Winner: West Bromwich is the cream of the crop so far in the EPL, with convincing performances and a good style of play. Swansea turns on the off switch some games, and United needs to stop going behind early and giving up undeserved goals.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) - Forget the 8-0 drubbing against Chelsea and the 4-0 against Tottenham, because in both Guzan had spectacular games and with out him the score lines could have been 12-0 and 7-0. He has 261 saves and 5 clean sheets this season.
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) - Begovic has 9 clean sheets this season while allowing only 13 goals and has made Joe Hart look like Fred O'Connell. He is a key reason that Stoke has only lost 3 games this season.
Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) - After a injury filled season, Mignolet has established himself as one of the EPL's best keepers. He has 6 clean sheets with 268 saves this season.
Winner: Asmir Begovic wins the award convincingly making key saves when it matters and leading Stoke to a great position in the EPL so far.
Best Player (Non-Goalkeeper)
Michu (Swansea) - Michu leads the league in goals with 13 so far, after arriving for just 2 million pounds over the summer. He's also had two assists on the season so far.
Robin Van Persie (Arsenal) - RVP has lived up to expectations since arriving from Arsenal, netting 12 league goals and assisting 6. His temper sometimes gets the best of him, as he has received 6 yellow cards this season.
Juan Mata (Chelsea) - Mata is already a fan favorite in only his second season at Chelsea, and for good reason. He is a leader and a performer with 6 goals and 7 assists. He needs to work on getting his shots on target in order to find the net more consistently.
Winner: Michu of Swansea takes home the prize, due to his consistant scoring against top teams and has produced so much after coming for so little.