Egypt and Liverpool midfielder Mo Salah is again first in this week’s poll of supporters at Stadiums.io. Salah has been in extremely good form so far this season for the Premier League’s most improved player.
“How to score winning goals on key occasions is Mo Salah’s strong suit! No, it isn’t dancing, it isn’t dancing in the box and it’s NOT scoring in the box, but for those that care, it’s all I’m asking. This man is sensational and one of the best players I’ve seen in a long time. Those ‘gamechangers’ are not often as good as Mo!” wrote one fan.
Also in the Top 10 are Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Mo Salah, Raheem Sterling of Manchester City, Claude Makelele and Michael Owen. Premier League long shots were Queens Park Rangers forward Jamie Mackie and Leicester City defender Wes Morgan.
The poll asks fans: “How would you describe the player you are most often compared to?”
Fans overwhelmingly did not mention Romelu Lukaku. England’s goalscoring hero of this summer’s World Cup, Lukaku has failed to deliver for Manchester United in his second year with the team. Lukaku scored 10 goals in 27 league appearances last season, but only four in eight this campaign. On Monday, Lukaku seemed to be on the way out of Old Trafford, with United’s new director of football, Raul Sanllehi, suggesting that the Belgium striker would not be part of Jose Mourinho’s plans.
Mourinho removed him from the starting XI and replaced him with Juan Mata, who was sent off during the match. Lukaku has looked particularly frustrated on Saturday, missing a golden chance to open the scoring in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Leicester City, which he watched from the bench. Lukaku is unlikely to be able to score consistently enough to make any difference, according to Manchester United fans on Stadiums.io.
Those who voted “best of all time” included Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Samuel Eto’o, Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale, Fernando Torres and Zinedine Zidane. But World Cup hero Mario Götze also made the list, sparking controversy because the German was part of a squad, featuring Bundesliga players, that helped Germany beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final. Fans who voted also ranked Pogba, Hazard, Thomas Muller, Ibrahimovic, David Silva, Andros Townsend, Jozy Altidore, Vincent Kompany, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Xherdan Shaqiri, Martin Skrtel, Marco Reus, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, David Silva, Javier Hernandez, Yaya Toure, Andros Townsend, Gareth Bale, Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Sissoko, Shaqiri, Mats Hummels, Lionel Messi, and John Terry.