Football managers have the weekend off, so let us take stock of the season so far.
what better way to do it than by taking a look at the league leader - Steve Bob
The early pacesetters have accumulated 968.5 points from the first seven match days, and lead by seven points with just under a quarter of the season played.
So how have they done it?
Steve Bob FC's manager (let's call him Steve. No, Bob. No, Steve) has shown an
uncanny ability to anticipate big performances.
Vito Mannone's 22-point debut against
Wigan and Thomas Vermaelen's two goals in the same game? Steve had them.
Benayoun's hat-trick against Burnley
and Fernando Torres's against Hull? Steve had them.
Bent's 32 points the week before
last and Cesc Fabregas's goal and
four assists last weekend? Once again, Steve had them.
2. As well as
being able to sniff out a big performance, Steve keeps a close eye on injuries
From time to time
we all take a gamble on somebody who ends up warming the bench, or forget to
take out a crock, right?
Not Steve - in
seven match weeks, his players have got a 100 per cent attendance record.
3. Consistency has been the key to Steve Bob FC's
success this season, with his score not dropping below 100.
week at the start of the season gave him a 183-point haul, but arguably the high point came in week
five when seven players reached double figures and the team scored a phenomenal
However, it is still
early days, and last week Steve's lead
at the top of the table was trimmed, as he scored 117 to second-placed team Invincible's 150. He even had two players in negative points -
Ben Foster and Michael Kightly.
4. Didier Drogba
has been the Premier League's star
man so far this season with 155 points, more than any other player.
The Drog has six
goals, five assists and more shots on target than anyone else in the league. Small
wonder he is the only player who has been ever-present for Steve Bob FC.
Steve Bob FC - Week
GK: Ben Foster (Manchester United) -3
DF: Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) 22.5
DF: Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham) 1
DF: Johnny Heitinga
MF: Jamie O'Hara (Portsmouth) 3.5
MF: Michael Kightly (Wolverhampton)
MF: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Everton) 10.5
MF: Francesc Fabregas (Arsenal) 38.5
FW: Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
FW: Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
FW: Robin van Persie
- Thomas Vermaelen
- Fernando Torres