Here is my pick of the top 5 premiership partnerships.

5) Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote

…salvage something from their season…

Newcastle’s dynamic duo in the centre of midfield have become integral to their style of play. With Cabaye left to spray passes across the midfield and to Demba Ba or Pappis Cisse, Tiote is left with guarding the back 4 from any danger, but isn’t afraid to contribute in the opponent’s box either. The sooner Cabaye can recover from his injury, the sooner Newcastle might be able to salvage something from their season with their first choice midfielders back.

4) Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas

…fantastic understanding between each other…

Ideally the two players would have spent more time playing together had injury not deprived Mirallas of more playing time. In the few games that they have played together, both have shown a fantastic understanding between each other, with Baines’ overlapping runs down the flank being particularly hard to curb. While still a new partnership, there is fantastic potential if the two can start more matches together and guide Everton into Europe.

3) Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon

…run at blistering pace…

The old adage that the best teams are those with the best wingers has never suited Spurs so much. Luka Modric may have departed for Madrid, but the Tottenham flanks are well covered. With both players able to run at blistering pace, swap wings and terrify any full back in the league, Bale and Lennon have become an integral part of AVB’s starting XI. How much longer Bale stays at White Hart Lane remains to be seen, but he will surely be missed when he does.

2) Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel

…a formidable force at the back…

Possibly the scariest looking centre back pairing in the Premier League, but undoubtedly one of the best. When on song, with Agger playing the ball from deep and Skrtel left to cover in his absence, both have become a formidable force at the back for Liverpool. Arguably still struggling to adapt to Brendan Rodger’s passing philosophy, if they can rediscover their form from last season, they will be integral to any success Liverpool hope for in the future.

1) Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney

…show terrific understanding…

It’s an odd case of provider plus finisher together with another player of the same type actually working well. Typically striker partnerships are forged around two players that complement each other in their differences. Rooney and RVP both show terrific understanding and if the former can start scoring as many as the latter, it will only be a matter of time before the title is headed back to Old Trafford.

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