It was another truly spectacular month in England’s top flight with plenty of big moments, talking points and big names hitting the spotlight. This is the monthly roundup for October in the Premier League.
Team of the Month: 3-3-3-1
Player of the Month: Philippe Coutinho
Eden Hazard will almost certainly win the actual Player of the Month award but Philippe Coutinho is our Player of the Month, here’s why: English Premier League Team of the Month October 2016
Manager of the Month: Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte turned his side around from a team falling fast in September to an absolutely unbeatable unit of players in October after changing to a 3-4-3 formation. Read more about why Antonio Conte is The Mastermind’s Manager of the Month here: English Premier League Team of the Month October 2016
Club of the Month: Chelsea
Chelsea were phenomenal in October after changing to a 3-4-3 formation that saw them win 4 games on the spin without conceding a goal. Every single player in a Blues shirt was on top of their game this month from surprise performers like Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso to the galactico players like N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Antonio Conte’s tactics and man-management of his players have been brilliant so far this season and four wins without conceding a single goal is a massive feat that almost every team around the world could only dream of. Chelsea is the club of the month for October!
Worst XI of the Month: 3-4-3
Hull City, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland were all dredful this month and that is why ten of the eleven worst of the month feature from those three sides. The one added player in Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko who was at first keeping his place inside of the XI despite doing absolutely nothing and then when he finally lost it, he came on as a sub to elbow Harry Arter to the ground, receving a 3-match ban. These truly are the worst 11 of the month.
Goal of the Month: Dimitri Payet vs. Middlesbrough
The goal of the month comes from the first day of October and is an amazing solo goal from the one and only Dimitri Payet. Any player who can dance his way through six defenders and then the goalkeeper, fooling every single one of them is a special, special player. This was the kind of goal you could watch over and over again and could end up being the goal of the season.
Top 200 Footballers Rising Stars
Jan Vertonghen and Theo Walcott are the two biggest EPL risers inside The Mastermind‘s Top 200 list after the pair both put in some phenomenal performances, helping them go undefeated in the month of October. Vertonghen was defensively sound even without his impressive partner Toby Alderweireld, while Theo Walcott took full advantage of his extended run in the side in the absence of Aaron Ramsey. While Vertonghen’s rise towards the top 100 is likely to continue, Walcott is likely to end up back where he started soon as he looks set to lose his place in the team to Aaron Ramsey again.
Roberto Firmino is the biggest riser of any top 100 player from October to November after his stunning displays for Liverpool this month helped them overcome some tough opposition. Virgil Van Dijk is also a notable riser after he helped Southampton turn things around this month and achieve just 1 loss in the entire month of October.
Number on top = Ranking on October 31, 2016
Number on bottom = Ranking on September 30, 2016
Top 200 Footballers Falling Angels
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ross Barkley continue to fall down the ranks after both were chastised further by their managers this month. Mourinho has insisted that Mkhitaryan is part of his plans but refuses to play him while Barkley’s poor performances have been taken note of by Koeman who has been very open about how the midfielder needs to improve if he wants to keep his place in the team. The English midfielder ended the month with a good performance against West Ham, but that wasn’t enough to stop him from losing his place on The Mastermind‘s Top 200 Club.
It’s really not Yaya Toure’s fault that he continues to descend into decline on the Top 200 list, but he hasn’t played a single game of Premier League football so far making it almost impossible to rank him based on anything else other than his overall ability and form in recent seasons. Christian Eriksen meanwhile is still goalless in the Premier League from 33 shots and has not been able to step up to the plate in the absence of Harry Kane, calling into question his true ability when he doesn’t have a natural goal-scoring centre forward in front of him.
Number on top = Ranking on September 30, 2016
Number on bottom = Ranking on October 31, 2016
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Well it’s been another amazing and incredibly entertaining month in the English Premier League and November should be no different. See you next month for another monthly roundup, team of the month and more. Bye for now!