This season has, so far, been a good one for rebirths. Many clubs have found players that looked decisively finished or off-form in recent times return to the top of the table in some style. So, wo has been the main movers and shakers in the Premier League? What players have had a successful rebirth in 2017/18 so far?
Ben Davies. Having been signed as a back-up to Danny Rose – or competition – Ben Davies took his time to play for Spurs. His first 18 months or so were decisively poor, but 2017 in total has seen him return to the levels of performance that seen him so highly rated. He’s already got 2 goals and 2 assists in just 7 games, and is looking like the attacking powerhouse he was at Swansea.
Raheem Sterling. Derided for a famous clip that showed manager Pep Guardiola walk away from his failure to take instruction in utter exasperation, many thought that Sterling was finished at City. However, 7 goals and 2 assists in just 8 games has seen him return to the kind of form that seen him move to City in the first place.
Fernandinho. Another major change in performance has been Fernandinho, who looks like the monster that City signed in the first place. At 32, he’s looking every bit the Shakhtar player that he was, and with 2 goals and an assist so far alongside a series of dominating passing performances has seen him rise to the top of the performance table for central midfielders.
Aaron Ramsey. Having been mediocre at best since the season where he looked set to become Player of the Year, the Welshman – now 26 – is recovering in some style and is playing some fantastic football. 3 goals and 2 assists in under 700 minutes of football so far is a hugely impressive return for a player who is often mocked for not being decisive enough.
Mohamed Salah. As one of the best players in the league so far, former ‘Chelsea flop’ Mohamad Salah has become a critical part of the Liverpool team with 5 goals and 2 assists so far in the league. He looks to be back to the player who Chelsea signed, and looks like his time in Rome has helped him shape into the quality of player that so many believed the Blues had bought in 2014.