The ravaging pandemic has sent a seismic tremor to every corner of the world, holding the world at ransom. The outbreak of the corona virus literally placed the world at a stand-still as many activities that have become the core of our lives were brought to a halt. It has been dark weekends for lots of ardent football lovers all over the world as they couldn’t possibly see their favorite teams get into action. Many players were on blistering form at the time football stopped while many deeply wished for a breather to savage a reprieve to their wobbly season.
Many players have been horrible in the season and they have remained the same even after the COVID19 break and on the flip side others never stopped being amazing after the break continuing with their enviable form – However, these players that have kept the momentum aren’t the focus here. This article seeks to uncover the players that have hugely benefited from the mandatory break and the ones whose form has been a sharp contrast to the blazing form they had prior to the break.
Jordan Ayew – He has had a good season until now because he is deep in form and the malady is all over Crystal Palace’s performance. He is currently on 9 league goals, and all of these goals were scored in 28 appearances before the league was suspended. Since the restart, the 28 year old Ghanaian is yet to add to his tally. The only goals the eagles have scored came in their 2-3 loss to Chelsea. The break seem to have disrupted the momentum of what seemed like a good season but if he is willing to redeem the remaining part of the season for himself and his team, then he will have to find his scoring boots again. He is their go-to guy for goals and his form is beginning to let them down.
Alexander Nubel – Though a 23 year old goalkeeper but his time with Schalke 04 brings less than desired especially towards the end of the season. He contributed to the horrendous defensive form of a side ranked 12th on the Bundesliga log. In six of the last nine games in which he featured, he had his team concede 13 goals with no clean sheet and a paltry 2 points to show for. This belied the reputation his team had for having one of the meanest defenses in the league at the half of the season of which he was part of.
Firmino – The only bright side to Bobby since the resumption of the EPL is definitely his dentition. It has been mixed performance since Liverpool clinched their maiden EPL trophy, and it is easy to attribute it to a lack of motivation. Salah and Mane have contributed goals as usual but Firmino is yet to add to the tally of 10 goals he amassed before the league was suspended. A lot of people argue that is role is definitely going to limit his scoring but it is fair to say that the form after the break has put him on the “Loser” log.
Ciro Immobile – Before the stoppage to footballing activities, the Lazio forward was the favorite for the European golden shoe with his only real competition being the Bayern Munchen lethal striker, Robert Lewandowski! Ever since the resumption from the break, he has only added 2 goals to his incredible tally, and he might be losing out on the Capocannoniere award as the 2nd placed player is hot on his heels with just a goal away. Immobile had scored 27 goals as at game week 26 but he still has 5 game weeks to make remedy.
Arkadiusz Milik – It has been a mixed season for the 26 year old polish forward with fluctuating form and injury problems, but a return of 10 league goals in 17 starts isn’t far from impressive. Out of the eight matches already played since the restart of the league, he has only started 3 coming in as a substitute in the remaining. He is usually brought into those games he doesn’t start early enough to influence them but he has failed to deliver on most occasions. The only goal he has managed to score was in one of the matches he started. Since the resumption it is beginning to look like he is falling behind in the pecking order and he’s gradually losing his importance in a team he was once vital to.
Sergio Ramos – Despite his controversial personality he is still considered to be of great character with leadership being a testament to the latter. He led the Madrid giants to a La Liga triumph that has evaded them in the last 2 years. He has scored about 5 goals in the first 8 games, a form that could make a striker jealous. He has helped his team to gain at least 4 clean sheets in the process culminating to them having the best defensive record in the whole of Europe’s top five leagues – an achievement they have never had in the last two decades.
Jamie Vardy – Since Rebecca Vardy put to bed, Jamie stopped hitting the back of the net with a barren run of about 6 games without a goal at the summit of the chart. Since resumption from the break, he has added 6 more games in as much games comfortably keeping him at the summit with the second being three goals away. The break has been a redemption to his season.
Mason Greenwood – The 18 year old English forward has made himself a regular in the starting line-up of Manchester United. He was usually given appearances in the league games and majorly featuring in the cup matches. Mason has scored 16 goals all season which is ultra-amazing for a player of that age. 4 goals from 6 games nailed his position in the team.
Cristiano Ronaldo – He has about the best return of goals since the turn of the New Year among players in Europe’s top five leagues. Since the resumption of football from the Covid – 19 outbreak, he has contributed 7 goals in as much appearances keeping his team, Juventus at the summit of the league while extending the margin between themselves and the 2nd placed team. He is also on course for the European golden boot with 5 games to play for in pursuit of Lewandowski who ended his season at 34 goals.
Raheem Sterling – Just as the name depicts, his season hasn’t been short of sterling. 17 goals in a league season for a winger who has to share the goals with a striker as prolific as Kun Aguero is a big deal. About 10 of these goals came before January which placed Raheem on a long goal drought that he also openly admitted to. Fast forward to after the three months break; he has scored 6 goals in 8 appearances already with chances of increasing his tally looking at the scoring spree of Manchester City and all time personal record for most goals in a season.
This piece is more statistics focused than performance so you can also add players who you feel could have had made either list.
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