A look at the attacking heroes from Premier League Gameweek 30.
Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
Is it now time to start talking about Sterling as a ‘world-class’ talent? With lots of hard work and help from Pep Guardiola, he has developed into Manchester City’s main man. In Gameweek 30 against Watford, Sterling stepped up once again to score the crucial goals and keep the pressure on title rivals Liverpool. He has always had the speed and skill to get in behind defences, but now he also has the confidence and composure to finish as clinically as Sergio Agüero. That’s 15 goals and 9 assists for Sterling this season, with 8 Premier League games still to go.
Sadio Mané, Liverpool
City aren’t the only team with an in-form forward, however. In Gameweek 30, Mané scored his 7th and 8th Premier League goals of 2019, taking him to a best-ever total of 16 for the season already. Most importantly, his classy brace helped Liverpool beat Burnley and stay just one point behind City in second place. With Mo Salah still struggling in front of goal, Mané is now The Reds’ most likely scorer, alongside Roberto Firmino.
Ayoze Pérez, Newcastle United
Once famed for their defensive solidity, Newcastle suddenly look awesome in attack. In Gameweek 30, they fought back from 2-0 down to beat Everton 3-2. New signing Miguel Almirón is making a big difference, while Ayoze Pérez and Salomón Rondón have developed a great understanding. Pérez’s pass for Rondón’s goal was sublime, and the Venezuelan returned the favour by setting up the Spaniard’s winner. It’s nice to see Pérez finally adding goals as well as defensive industry.
Jamie Vardy, Leicester City
Vardy is enjoying life again under new Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. He’s back to being the focal point in a more attacking team and that suits his style perfectly. In Gameweek 30 against Fulham, Vardy set up the first goal for Youri Tielemans and then scored 2 of his own, including his 100th for the club. Racing on to through-balls, there are few better finishers in the Premier League. And at 32, Vardy still has plenty more to offer.
James Ward-Prowse, Southampton
Yes, what a difference a new manager can make. Under Mark Hughes, Ward-Prowse had dropped out of the Southampton matchday squad altogether. Ralph Hasenhüttl, however, spotted the midfielder’s potential straight away and pushed him to improve the physical aspects of his game. After all, Ward-Prowse’s technical quality has never been in doubt, and now he’s flourishing. In Gameweek 30, he scored the winner against Tottenham with another fantastic free-kick. That was his 6th Saints goal since mid-January.