Barkley, Vardy and Firmino – Top Three Premier League performers of the week: Week 13

By Sarad Bade Shrestha on November 23, 2015

Ross Barkley – Everton


Everton continued their fine run of form at home by claiming a convincing 4-0 victory over strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday.

As the score line suggests, Everton put in a stunning display of attacking football on the day and the star of the show for the Toffees was midfielder Ross Barkley.

While Romelu Lukaku scored two goals, it was Barkley who ran the show from the middle of the park and also grabbed a wonderful brace.

Barkley seemed to trouble the hapless Villa backline whenever on the ball and the sight of his wonderful dribbling ability was a joy behold.

Following a tough season last term, Barkley now seems to be fulfilling his immense potential and if the England international can continue his brilliant run of form, Everton look like a shoo-in to earn a place in Europe next season.

Jamie Vardy – Leicester City


There was a lot of hype surrounding Jamie Vardy ahead of Leicester City’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United as the striker was on course to equal former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy’s stunning record of scoring in ten consecutive Premier League matches.

Given all the talk, it would have been easy for Vardy to get overawed by the occasion and possibly miss out on the record. However, Vardy has a cool head on his shoulders and in typical fashion, he found the back of the net once again in Leicester’s 3-0 victory at St. James’ Park.

Showing great skill and composure, Vardy tucked away the goal in the first half and despite equaling the record, the 28-year old was intent on scoring whenever he had the ball in front of goal.

Apart from his scoring exploits, Vardy seemed to put the Newcastle backline under pressure with constant running and overall, it was another brilliant performance from the former Fleetwood Town attacker.

Roberto Firmino – Liverpool


Roberto Firmino joined Liverpool on a £28million deal from Hoffenheim over the summer amid much fanfare but the Brazilian was not able to live up to the hype since his arrival to Anfield.

A host of injuries as well as the managerial change at Liverpool perhaps did not help matters but there is no denying that Firmino remains a quality player and he proved that with a wonderful performance in the Reds’ brilliant 4-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

In all fairness, the entire Liverpool squad played extremely well during the clash but Firmino was the one who caught the eye with a goal as well as two assists on the night.

Having been handed a starting role in attack ahead of Christian Benteke, there was pressure on Firmino to perform but the Brazilian did not look like even breaking a sweat and the display against City will now hand him a springboard towards further success in the coming weeks.

Honourable Mentions – Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel, Bojan

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