In this article we attempt to see any pattern in the Sun Dream Team star man awards to date to see if it can influence our decisions for transfer window 4
Here’s the table showing all those players to date who have won more than 5 Sun Dream Team star man awards
Shows a table of the amount of Star Man awards.
|NAME||POSITION||CLUB||PRICE||NO. OF AWARDS|
|Robin van Persie||ST||MAN||£8.0m||6|
So what does this tell us?
6/17 are strikers
Suarez, Rooney Berba, RVP and Rooney are all players heavily involved in the game. Lukaku is the exception but has been playing as the lone striker. There is more of a correlation between involvement in the game than goals interestingly. The 2 players who missed out who have the same characteristics are Lambert and Benteke both of who have 3 Star man awards
8/17 are midfielders
Its very difficult to find a compelling pattern for the midfielders. The correlation between involvement isnt as obvious. Cazorla Fellaini Mata and Hazard are all both in the top 10 goals and assists for midfielders but Gerrard and Walcott don’t appear as they should. Fellaini is the only player who’s in the support striker category
2/17 are defenders
Baines is the obvious choice at defence due to his attacking prowess. He may not score but creates far more chances than any other defender Shawcross is a little harder to pick
1/17 is a GK
Cesar has had some memorable displays at home in a team which did little other than defend.
The interesting thing is that there are 14 different teams involved which shows that its not just the big teams that dominate. So when you’re picking a player for a team in the transfer window how do you take in to account their star man potential. I’ve listed the 14 teams and then tried to compare them to the player that I would say is their dominant or star player if you like and compared them to the star man winner as being the obvious way of picking them
Chelsea – Mata – definitely their dominant player who runs the game. Hazard is more of a “flashy” player.
Liverpool – Suarez – Yes the only other player who could compare is Gerrard
Man Utd – RVP and Rooney – no question that these 2 are the 2 star players
Fulham – Berba is definitely their star player
Everton – Fellaini and Baines have been there stars this year
Tottenham – Bale is unquestionably their star so understandable.
WBA – Lukaku – A hugely talented player who should have started every week. Has shone every time he plays but the amount of star man awards are a surprise
Stoke – They’ve overperformed on clean sheets early in the season and for some reason Shawcross has been the beneficiary.
Southampton – Puncheon – not the star by any means. I cant understand why Lambert hasn’t got more awards
Norwich – Snodgrass. Snodgrass and Hoolahan have been the most dominant players although Snodgrass has set piece involvement.
Man City – Tevez is a very dominant player in terms of involvement but definitely not their star
Arsenal – Cazorla with Walcott is probably the stars but Cazorla the dominant player in terms of involvement
QPR – Cesar has put some strong performances in when they have been in under the kosh at home.
Swansea – Pablo Michu has been there star but there’s no real dominant player although I would have expected De Guzman to feature more in terms of involvement
So there’s no totally clear pattern although what we do know is that the star man awards don’t just go to the big teams and although a good proportion go to the team “stars” and the dominant player its not that predictable. What is clear is that being able to pick them is important as 8/10 of the top Sun Dream Team scorers are in the Star man awards table above. The exceptions are Walcott and Michu
So when doing your transfers in the Sun Dream Team transfer window 4 think about the players star man potential as picking the right player will definitely bring rewards