The second month of the 2022/23 Premier League season was disjointed to say the least, but there were still some stunning performances that caught the attention of NationalWorld Sport writers.
We’re not even quarter past the new Premier League, but there have already been stunning performances, goal-of-the-season contenders and plenty of VAR errors.
As things stand, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal top the table, winning six of their first seven matches. However, hot on their heels, Manchester City and Spurs are unlikely to allow the Gunners to win their first Premier League title since 2003/04.
Meanwhile, Liverpool and Chelsea have been wildly inconsistent, with the latter sacking Champions League-winning manager Thomas Tuchel, while Manchester United have tightened up their defense – perhaps thanks to dropping Harry Maguire – and rebounded. table.
Bottom of the league, Leicester City are bottom of the table with just one point from seven games, and they are joined in the relegation zone by transfer stalwarts Nottingham Forest and David Moyes’ lackluster West Ham United.
Here are the picks for September’s Premier League Player of the Month from NationalWorld Sport’s team of writers…
Martyn Simpson – Eric Dier (Spurs)
The former Sporting CP man must have thought his chances of making the World Cup final were slim, but a combination of factors gave the 28-year-old hope.
Most important has been his form for Tottenham in the Premier League and Champions League this season.
He’s been a solid part of the defense under Antonio Conte and has started all seven of his league appearances so far, while Clement Lenglet, Davinson Sánchez and Cristian Romero have alternated.
Spurs won both of their Premier League games in the troubled month of September, with Dier putting his name on the scoresheet in the 6-2 home win over Leicester City.
With other England centre-backs like Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings either out of form or out of favor at their clubs, now is the perfect time for Dier to have his name at the forefront of the international conversation.
If he continues to go about his business as he did last month, he could very well be on the plane to Qatar.
Susanna Sealy – Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)
This month’s Premier League action looked a bit shorter than last, due to the international break and the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II.
However, the stars of English football excelled no less and one player stood out for his team in an invaluable way.
After months of criticism and reports that the striker was ‘burned out’ at the age of 24, Marcus Rashford enjoyed a resurgence of success and played a key role in Manchester United’s wins over Leicester and Arsenal at the beginning of the month.
Rashford got an assist when he netted Jadon Sancho’s goal against Leicester before playing against Antony for the first of three goals against Arsenal.
He was then rewarded for his hard work by scoring a second-half brace as the Red Devils won 3-1.
Whether he can maintain his recent return to form remains to be seen, but the striker’s return to the high quality we know of him could come just in time, with Qatar World Cup selection looming. in the not too distant future.
In fact, Gareth Southgate added to the speculation by saying: “(Rashford) has shown encouraging signs recently. He’s a player we know well, so if he can play at a high level in the next few weeks, he will of course be under consideration.
Jason Jones – Erling Haaland (Man City)
We need to talk about Erling. This deadly Midwich cuckoo clock, this Norse obelisk of ice and fire, is not human. He just can’t be.
In years past, he would have been bought from his childhood home at a tender age and dragged into the trailer of a carnival or other show. “Roll, roll,” they reportedly proclaimed, “And see the boy with an insatiable appetite for goals!”
Marvel at his deceptive looks and frightening physical power! Marvel as it flouts the accepted laws of physics and tests the tensile strength of various nets with its punishing displays of incomprehensible speed!
Haaland arrived in the Premier League as the secret child of Godzilla and Ivan Drago, crushing everything in his path with ruthlessness.
Of course, his 38-minute hat-trick against Nottingham Forest could technically came just before the start of September, but it was indicative of a brute whose supremacy grows with each passing game.
Subsequent goals against Aston Villa and Wolves took his aggregate tally for the season to 11 from seven outings – and that’s only in domestic competition.
Molly Burke – Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)
It was Erling Haaland who grabbed headlines again in September for his performances, but he’s a local rival who I picked as player of the month.
Marcus Rashford has managed to completely turn his footballing career around in a very short space of time, once again becoming a talisman for Manchester United as they secured back-to-back Premier League wins this month.
The 24-year-old had fallen down the pecking order in the 2021/22 campaign and looked set to leave the Red Devils, but is now one of their biggest assets after scoring two goals and two assists in the same number of games.
Rashford’s impressive form has now put him back in the fold for this winter’s World Cup, with the forward only missing Nations League fixtures through injury.
If United’s clashes with Crystal Palace and Leeds United had gone ahead, Rashford could easily have added to an already impressive tally, but there’s no doubt he has the confidence to pick up where he left off. times back.