This season in the Premier League, it seems that the unexpected has become the norm. If you told anyone at this time last year that Leicester City would be top of the table by Thanksgiving, they would have laughed in your face. This weekend saw amazing results such as West Brom taking down Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool defeating Manchester City and even a Chelsea victory.
As has been the case all season, three star performers emerged from the week. Here’s the Premier League’s three stars from Week 13.
Ross Barkley, Attacking Midfielder, Everton FC
Everton have quietly put together the most brilliant run of form that no one in the Premier League is talking about. The Toffees have notched 11 goals in their past three games, and look to be frontrunners for at least a Europa League spot, if not a place in the top four and the Champions League. No one has been a bigger contributor for Everton than Ross Barkley.
Barkley had an absolutely magnificent game against Aston Villa with two goals and an assist, but frankly he has played the best soccer of his career all season. The young midfielder has served as the offensive engine for Everton all season, orchestrating nearly every pass the Toffees make in the attacking third. With Barkley in this kind of form, Everton remains an easy dark horse for the Champions League and has started to see great dividends from its young core of players.
Harry Kane, Striker, Tottenham Hotspur FC
England fans rejoice, Harry Kane has once again started scoring. The young English striker was able to bring home a brace in Spurs’ 4-1 thrashing of West Ham on Sunday, giving him eight on the season. After last season saw a 21-year-old Kane find his way into the Premier League’s top scorers, Spurs fans will certainly be happy that their prized young striker has seemingly regained his form.
While Kane’s play has been nice of late, Spurs fans have to be ecstatic with the fight their team has demonstrated this season. Mauricio Pochettino has Tottenham looking like a totally different team than last year, as his team has looked in sync tactically, willing to defend, and capable of living up to the potential that every Tottenham fan has dreamed of for decades.
They appear decidedly “un-Spursy.” With a game against struggling Chelsea looming, Spurs could catapult themselves into the title conversation with a victory, especially considering the injuries plaguing both Arsenal and Manchester City. Don’t be surprised to see Spurs in the top four come May, and a shot at the title is certainly not out of the question either.
Jamie Vardy, Striker, Leicester City
It’s starting to feel like Vardy can just get penciled in to the three stars every week, because the Leicester man simply cannot stop scoring. This weekend, he scored the games’ opening goal in a 3-0 victory over Newcastle at St. James’ Park, and in doing so tied Ruud van Nistelrooy with 10 straight games in the Premier League with a goal.
Probably more important to Vardy is the fact that his Foxes secured a victory, and moved to the top of the table. For a team that was battling relegation a year ago, led by a striker who was playing non-league football just a year ago, to say the Leicester story is unlikely would be the understatement of the century. Nonetheless, here we are with the Foxes in first and Vardy unable to stop scoring. Who would have thought?