Luis Suarez – Liverpool
Liverpool striker and Uruguay international, Luis Suarez, has been named as the FTBpro PFA Fan player of the month for January.
The award comes following Suarez’s outstanding performances for Liverpool throughout January in which he scored four goals and one assist to help keep Liverpool firmly in the race for Champions League football next season.
Suarez started the month with a goal during the 2-0 win over Hull at Anfield, and followed that up with a brace in the 5-3 victory over Stoke City. The Uruguayan then ended the month on a high, netting and assisting during Liverpool’s impressive 4-0 win over Merseyside rivals Everton.
It was an impressive month all round for Liverpool, as Suarez’s scintillating form rubbed off on the club as they embarked on a run of three wins from four in the Premier League during January- the only points they dropped were in the 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa.
Suarez has been in outstanding form all season, having bagged 23 league goals already this season, with another 14 games left to add to that tally. He has also struck up a quite irresistible partnership with Daniel Sturridge upfront for Liverpool in recent weeks, with the pair wreaking havoc during the recent Merseyside Derby.
With a large proportion of games still to play in the league, Suarez will surely have one eye on breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a season, standing at 31 goals and jointly held by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo.
With upcoming games during February including Arsenal, Fulham and Swansea, Liverpool will be hoping that their star man will maintain his current goal-scoring form.
Álvaro Negredo – Manchester City
Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez have been stealing most of the Premier League headlines so far this season, but a third striker has now laid claim to the title of PFA Fans’ Player of the Year. Take a bow, Alvaro Negredo.
Manchester City fans probably feared the worst when leading scorer Aguero was sidelined with a calf injury mid-way through last month, but they need not have worried because Negredo has stepped up to the plate in fine style. So much so that fans have voted him PFA Player of the Month for December, having helped the club maintain their pursuit for four titles with a series of impressive performances, not to mention three goals.
City won eight and drew one of their nine games during a busy December schedule and Negredo more than played his part. He was on target in the 3-0 win over Swansea at the start of the month and followed this up with another strike in the emphatic 6-3 humbling of Arsenal. Liverpool also felt the full force of the in-form City striker.
Negredo has carried his excellent form into January and claimed his second Manchester City hat-trick in the 6-0 demolition of West Ham in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final. Scoring in City’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, Negredo took his goal tally for the season in all competitions to 19.
All of which begs the question: will Sergio Aguero get his starting place back when he returns from injury later this month?
Spanish international Negredo, who scored 102 goals in 209 games in La Liga before moving to City from Sevilla for a reported fee of £16.4m in the summer, is known as ‘The Beast’ for good reason. His powerful running and immaculate hold-up play make him a constant menace for any defender.
The 28-year-old Negredo believes he is playing the best football of his career and has vowed to get even better. “I score a lot of goals and hopefully I can make some assists. Hopefully I can continue like this for the rest of my career. The only goal is to grow, to improve as a player and become better.”
Luis Suárez – Liverpool
Born in Uruguay, Luis Suarez is arguably the Premier League’s most prolific striker. Wearing the famous #7 shirt for Liverpool FC, the striker moved to the English side from Ajax on transfer deadline day in January 2011 and since then has cemented himself as one of the deadliest marksmen in Europe.
Suarez’s rise to the pinnacle of football stardom began in his home country for local side Nacional. At 19, Suarez moved to Dutch side Groningen where he played just one season before being signed by Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam.
In addition to club football, Suarez has featured over 70 times for the Uruguayan national team, appearing in the 2010 World Cup, 2011 Copa America, 2012 Summer Olympics and 2013 Confederations Cup.
Suarez’s November didn’t get off to the best of starts, being shutout in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates. However, the Argentinian marksman was quick to turn things around in his next match, bagging a brace in a 4-0 demolition of Fulham. Suarez finished off some sublime team play to net his opener and smashed the ball home early on in the second half to round off a fine display.
The double marked Suarez’s 12th goal since his return, eclipsing the entire Fulham side combined. Manager Brendan Rodgers pointed out after the game that it was not just Suarez’s ability that was impressing him, but his all-round commitment to the team’s cause. “Luis Suarez is a star talent but his core ingredient is his workrate, which is something we’re trying to have throughout the team.”
Suarez finished the month by scoring a delightful free-kick in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park, helping to earn his side a 3-3 draw.