Steven Gerrard says he’s close to recapturing his best form but the Liverpool midfielder is still the underdog in a goalscorer head-to-head with Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, Everton’s Marouane Fellaini and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla.
Gerrard says he was frustrated with the inconsistent nature of his performances at the beginning of the campaign but feels he is getting better as the season progresses.
This upward curve is reflected by a healthy return of three goals in his last five appearances, although the 32-year-old believes there is still room for improvement.
“I think my performances are getting closer to where I want them to be so if I can add goals to those performances then maybe people will start saying the old Steven Gerrard is back,” he commented.
But even though Gerrard’s return of five league goals for the season puts him within touching distance of the totals of contemporaries Lampard (six goals), Cazorla (seven goals) and Fellaini (eight goals), bwin’s bookies still rank him as the outsider to outscore those three players over the course of the campaign.
Fellaini, whose impressive performances as an attacking midfielder have seen him linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer, is favourite to be top scorer of the four at 7/4 (2.75), with Lampard at 41/20 (3.05), Cazorla at 3.5 (5/2) and Gerrard at 19/4 (5.75).
However, if Gerrard can recapture the sort of form which led to him being labelled the best player in the world by Zinedine Zidane in 2009 – when he scored 16 league goals – there may well be value in backing him to outscore his rivals in the betting market.
After all, Fellaini is without a league goal since December 1st, Lampard is no longer guaranteed to start every match for Chelsea and Cazorla has drawn a blank on seven of his last eight appearances.
And, to make things even more tempting, a successful £20 free bet on Gerrard to outscore Fellaini, Lampard and Cazorla would return £115 if successful.