Premier League manager of the season so far – we rank the top five performers
Liverpool’s perfect start of eight consecutive wins has seen them streak away from Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League.
But Leicester and Crystal Palace have been the surprise packages of the current campaign. So without further ado, here’s the Starsport list of the managers of the season:
5. Frank Lampard – Chelsea
Never go back, so they say. But not only has Lampard taken the plunge and gone back to the club where he will be forever revered for his exploits on the pitch – so far he’s done his reputation no harm whatsoever.
If anything he’s in danger of enhancing his credentials. He’s getting goals out of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori looks like he could save the could £80m on a new centre-back if he keeps improving.
After their opening day thrashing at Old Trafford, there have been just two black marks against Lampard.
Flowing football has been hard to come by and at times the Gunners still look all at sea defensively, but they’re starting to grind out wins.
Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney should be fully fit after the international break, which will make Emery’s life significantly easier as well as making Gunners a tighter unit at the back – possibly.
3. Roy Hodgson – Crystal Palace
Last summer’s Wilfried Zaha transfer saga threatened to undermine the start of Crystal Palace’s campaign in a major way.
The Ivorian has yet to score and has contributed just one assist – but the Eagles are soaring regardless.
Roy Hodgson has managed to get a tune out of Jordan Ayew but it’s defensively where the real improvements have come.
Apart from the 4-0 thrashing by Tottenham, Palace have not conceded more than once in a game and have racked up three clean sheets.
Who said Gary Cahill was over the hill?
2. Brendan Rodgers – Leicester City
Leicester look a genuine threat to the top-four based on their opening eight games.
They seem to have the knack of rolling over weaker opposition and have been unlucky against the big boys.
Brendan Rodgers deserves credit for instilling confidence in a team that were in cruise control when he rocked up.
Jamie Vardy looks hungry for goals again and James Maddison is in the form of his career.
Meanwhile, the Foxes are barely missing Harry Maguire at all thanks to the form of Caglar Soyuncu at the back.
1. Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool
Surely this has to be their year? Liverpool aren’t demolishing teams like they did at times last year but they’re winning ugly and that’s what makes champions.
The last-gasp win over Leicester had an element of fortune about it but it kept their 100 per cent start and the momentum going.
Klopp has to keep his squad players happy because they will be crucial cogs in the Red wheel during the congested Christmas period.
So far so good – but can they keep it up over 38 games?