Premier League stars: The best & worst

Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres & Gareth Bale feature, but are they for the right or wrong reasons?

Adam Williams
Published 04/04/2013 11:31 by Adam Williams, read by 2,921 people.

From Premier League golden boys to the bad boys, which players wear the halo and which wear the horns. 

With the Premier League nearing its finale, I thought we'd take a look at the players that have stuck out thus far, for the right, and the wrong reasons.

Gareth Bale | Good

Bale is on the lips of every manager from Old Trafford to The Bernabeu, and it's no wonder why. With an ever soaring goal tally of 17, including six goal assists, he is the main man at Spurs this season.

His trade mark pace and ball control has troubled defences throughout the league and Europe, so it comes as no surprise that he has shot up the list as one of Europe's biggest young talents.

Steven Pienaar | Bad

Possibly a surprise entry to our 'bad boy' list. Pienaar has accumulated the most red cards by any one player this season after twice receiving two yellows in a one game.

Robin van Persie | Good

Van Persie has started where he left off after swapping The Emirates for Old Trafford. Currently second in the race for the golden boot with 19 he has an impressive strike rate and has scored some of the most memorable goals the Premier League has ever seen.

Juan Mata | Good

Mata has shown this season that there is in fact still room in the Spanish midfield for new blood. Mata has been Chelsea's go to guy for goal creation this season, with 11 assists.

Lukas Podolski | Bad

Podolski has shown glimpses of the form that struck fear into opposing Premier League defenders a mist his move to Arsenal in January.

So maybe he is unlucky to make the list for the wrong reasons this season. But with the statistic for being substituted the most out of any player, here he is. With 19 substitutions in 26 games, does Arsene need more confidence is his German powerhouse?

Steven Gerrard | Good

Captain fantastic. Steven Gerrard has started 31 out of 31 games for his beloved Liverpool this season.

Giving performances reminiscent of the days he carried his team through game after game in Europe and the league, proving there still really is, only one Steven Gerrard.

Fernando Torres | Bad

Unfortunately Torres' name has become rather stereotypical for this list over the past two seasons. Whether or not he is assisting his team by setting up goals for others, or creating space for his strike partners and possible predecessors.

There is still no denying, he is a striker far from form.The £50m man is slowly being edged out by the £7m signing of Demba Ba at Chelsea, and there really is no glimpse of a return to form for the Spaniard.

Joe Hart | Good

Joe Hart has kept the most clean sheets out of any other keeper this season; with a brick wall statistic of 14 clean sheets in 30 games. That is a percentage of 46.6%.

The best ever clean sheet achievement is 21 clean sheets in 38 games, with the impressive accolade being shared between Chelsea's Petr Cech and Manchester United's Edwin van de Sar.

Luis Suarez | Both 

Suarez has been banging in the goals this season, with south american flair and finesse. He's currently sitting top in the race for claiming the 'Golden Boot' this season, with an impressive 22 goals.

However he is also topping the charts for the wrong reasons. With nine yellow cards he is joint top for 'unsporting behaviour' this season as well. Liverpool fans love him, most opposition fans love to hate him.


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