The five best Premier League players so far
The Premier League 2012/13 season is just two weeks old, but in that short space of time a handful of players have already caught the eye.
The young Belgian’s hefty transfer fee made certain a healthy dose of expectation would await his arrival this summer from Lille.
Thus far he has lived up to that billing and more, showing all the guile and creativity that persuaded Roman Abramovich to part with £32m.
Hazard (pictured) has had a hand in everything good about Chelsea in their opening three games, and already looks to be forming a strong partnership with a rejuvenated Fernando Torres.
With the recent acquisition of Robin Van Persie taking most of the attention, another of Manchester United’s summer signings has gone about his business in a quietly effective manner, and has been United’s stand out performer so far.
The debate had focused on how Wayne Rooney and Van Persie would play together, but Kagawa has shown he is flexible enough to excel playing with either.
The former Borussia Dortmund star will be relied upon even more in the coming games with Rooney out for a month.
It is becoming increasingly obvious why manager Brendan Rodgers was so emphatic about having Joe Allen with him as he set about his task of rebuilding Liverpool.
The Welshman, already versed in Rodgers’ passing philosophy, has hit the ground running and given the Anfield club a touch of artistry in midfield, something it has lacked since the departure of Xabi Alonso.
The Serbian international, a centre back by trade, has proven his reliability defensively but he has also added an attacking edge to his game getting forward more, nabbing a goal against Wigan for his trouble.
The big Belgian may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he increasingly dominates games by his shear physical presence.
He has bloodied the nose of many a centre back and his aerial ability has become a major weapon. Added to that is his habit of getting goals at just the right time, which has made him a thorn in many an opposing manager’s side.
By Duncan Proctor
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