Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Readers of The Guardian pick Stuart Holden as best EPL Player of the Season, so Far

west ham's mark noble battles with bolton's stuart holden FA Barclays Premiership. West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers. 21.08.10 Photo By Karl Winter Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Less than year after leaving the Houston Dynamo and MLS for Europe, Stuart Holden has made a splash not only at his club, middle of the table Bolton, but in the English Premier League itself.

On its website, the British paper The Guardian allows its readers to submit player ratings for each game played in the EPL. The Guardian recently tabulated and analyzed the reader submitted player ratings and determined that its readers have ranked a young American midfielder, Stuart Holden, as the top player in the EPL so far this season.

CLICK HERE to read the story from The Guardian.

Other players who made The Guardian readers top XI include Richard Kingson (Blackpool), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Leighton Baines (Everton), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Luka Modric (Tottenham), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham), Johan Elmander (Bolton), Andy Carroll (Newcastle).

Since joining Bolton in this past January's transfer window, Holden has become a regular member of the team's starting XI and has picked up two goals this season, including the game winner against Blackburn earlier this month.

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Holden grew up in the Sugar Land suburb of Houston. After stints at Clemson University and Sunderland, Holden earned a star role with his hometown Houston Dynamo and with the United States National Team, being part of the 23 man roster at the World Cup finals in South Africa 2010.

Young American players interested in playing in the EPL or elsewhere in Europe can take heart in the recent success of Americans like Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, and Stuart Holden in England. It appears that these are the players who are best positioned to pave the way for more American players to get a serious shot from European clubs.

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