It is now the business end of this season’s Premier League, a defining time for every team as the games slip away like the rusts of time, where the fate of nine months graft draws ever closer.
As of yet, nothing is solved, there is plenty still to fight for before the 38th game is brought to a close by the high-pitched call of the referee’s whistle. Many twists and turns lie in wait, such is the precocious nature of football, in a season that has already produced so much – triumphs and tragedies in equal abundance.
Typically, there has been plenty of fodder for the headline makers, gossip columns, and radio shows to feed off, not to mention the workplace and the weekend watering-holes. Each year always produces an arsenal of topics to set chins wagging: sackings, in-house disputes, derby-day dramas, transfer rumblings, new rivalries, splendid goals, surprise packages, and the birth of a new star. It has been riveting so far and will continue to be so, all the way down to the wire.
But for now, here are five major talking points to chew over – post yours at the bottom if you wish to join in.
5. Should Suarez Receive Player of the Year?
Love him or loathe him, it is impossible to deny that Luis Suarez has been in devastating form this season, having already notched twenty-two league goals, coupled with four assists, so far. The Uruguayan has arguably been the best performer of the lot, frequently winning matches for Liverpool almost single-handedly to keep his team in the hunt for European football. An intelligent and determined player, Suarez is blessed with skill, awareness, fighting spirit, and now, most importantly, a lethal eye for goal.
There are not many teams out there capable of stopping him right now, with his form unlikely to wilt, and Liverpool’s manager, Brendan Rogers, will be placing a lot of faith in his match-winner to steer the team to a respectable position in the table, with the intention of building on the progress made next season.
As the award ceremonies near, Suarez is the stand out individual to bestow with the highest accolades, but there are a few things that may prevent him from picking up any gongs. The man carries a lot of baggage with him, all of it coming from his behaviour on the football field, which his fellow professionals and the powers that be may consider to be a moral stumbling block, for Suarez is considered, in some circles, to be a poor sportsman. Controversial though he may be, it would be harsh, on the grounds of performance, to not give him the recognition he has surely earned.
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This article was first posted on March 15, 2013