It took me long enough, but I have finally compiled my list of the top 100 Premier League players this season. Angry fans, please note that this is for only this season and takes both individual and team success into account.
100) Ethan Pinnock – Leads the Premier League in headed clearances.
99) Rayan Aït Nouri – Bundles of energy and has made the left flank his own at Wolves.
98) James Tarkowski – Leads the Premier League in blocks with forty, eleven higher than any other player.
97) Aaron Cresswell – Consistent as always for the Hammers. Can whip in dangerous crosses.
96) Armando Broja – Six goals. The Albanian youngster has been lethal on loan for Southampton.
95) Dan Burn – Improved Newcastle’s defense dramatically.
94) Neal Maupay – Scored crucial late goals for Brighton and is great at pressing in the final third.
93) Gabriel Jesus – Slowed down since the beginning of the season. Seven assists.
92) Lucas Moura – Inconsistent form has prevented him from being higher.
91) Marc Guéhi – Consistent for Palace and has loads of potential.
89) Joelinton – Has improved massively and embraced a midfield role. Shows occasional flashes of the great Socrates.
87) Abdoulaye Doucoure – Improves Everton dramatically when healthy.
86) Said Benrahma – Been fantastic for West Ham. Nine G/A.
85) Joachim Andersen – So comfortable on the ball and solid defensively next to Guehi.
84) Michael Olise – Has wasted no time in the Premier League. A wonderful talent.
83) Leandro Trossard – Integral to Graham Potter’s playing style.
82) Tomas Soucek – Regressed from last season, but has still been solid.
80) Michail Antonio – Won the first Premier League Player of the Month award of the season, but has slowed down since.
79) James Maddison – Consistent in attack for Leicester. Always dangerous.
78) Wilfried Zaha – En route to breaking his best ever goalscoring season in the Premier League this year.
77) Che Adams – Given some of the big teams’ nightmares. Seven goals for Southampton.
76) Thomas Partey – Arsenal’s best holding-midfield option this season.
75) Pierre Højbjerg – Like last season, started strong and has slowed down.
74) Kyle Walker-Peters – Can play left or right-back for Hassenhuttl with ease. Three MOTM awards.
73) Tariq Lamptey – Thankfully been fit and has proven why Brighton wants 50 Million for him.
72) Oliver Skipp – Adored by Antonio Conte and being missed by Spurs during his current absence.
71) Conor Coady – True leader in a back three that has only been second to Manchester City in goals conceded this season in the Premier League.
70) Marc Cucurella – Proven to be a brilliant signing for Graham Potter and has adjusted to life in the Premier League splendidly.
69) Ben White – Many had concerns over his large price tag, but he has delivered for Arsenal.
68) Gabriel – Another Center Back that has been excellent for the Gunners.
67) Tyrick Mitchell – Needs to be seriously considered by Gareth Southgate for the England squad.
66) Thiago Alcantara – Much improved in a Liverpool shirt from last year. Always steady in midfield.
65) Jamie Vardy – Has had a quiet season due to Leicester’s struggles, yet still has managed to score double-digit goals.
64) Martin Odegaard – Finally becoming the player everyone knew he could be.
63) Cesar Azpilicueta – So experienced and rarely puts a foot wrong.
62) Dwight McNeil – Completed the third most dribbles per match completed in the league this season. (2.6)
61) Emmanuel Dennis – Scored 39% of Watford’s Premier League goals this season.
60) Christian Norgaard – Second in tackles per match, only behind Yves Bissouma.
59) Oriol Romeu – A joy to watch on his day. Loving sitting next to James Ward-Prowse.
58) Jack Grealish – Rarely loses possession. His game can not be quantified by goals and assists, and it must be understood that Grealish is not a flop.
57) Max Kilman – Rock in the back for Wolves. Deserves an England call-up.
56) Youri Tielemans – Untouchable on his day, but has been inconsistent this season for Rodgers.
55) Paul Pogba – Started off the season in stunning fashion with seven assists in four games. United will love having him back from injury for the rest of the season.
54) Cristian Romero – Has revolutionized Tottenham’s defense. Aerial ability is holding him back, but he has the potential to become a top Center Back in the world.
53) Hakim Ziyech – Finally found his scary left foot at Chelsea and is in fine form for Thomas Tuchel.
52) Raphael Varane – Manchester United’s best central defender by light-years.
51) Ederson – Excellent with his feet like always, but has let City down at times when coming off his line.
50) Allan Saint-Maximin – Leads the Premier League in dribbles per match completed. (4.6)
48) Ilkay Gundogan – Not even in Pep’s first-choice midfield anymore, but makes the most of every opportunity he is given.
47) Reece James – Would be so much higher if not for his injury in December.
46) Andreas Christensen – Integral to the way Chelsea plays, as he is excellent with the ball at his feet.
45) Romain Saiss – The third and final Center Back from Wolves’ back three on this list. Not afraid to put his body on the line.
44) Bruno Fernandes – Tied-1st in the Premier League in chances created per game and key passes per match. Not having nearly as bad of a season as people are making it appear.
43 John McGinn – Has become the main man at Villa since Grealish’s departure.
42) Bukayo Saka – Getting better and better every year and is still so young. Responded to his tragic penalty miss in the Euros with an excellent Premier League season.
41) Kyle Walker – Always a steady force at right-back for Pep Guardiola.
40) Ruben Neves – Rarely has a poor performance for Wolves. Neves is a big reason why they are having such a great season.
39) Wilfred Ndidi – Has the ability to control the midfield and his team suffers without him.
38) Emile Smith Rowe – Fifth best minutes per goal record in the Premier League this season, and has become a fan favorite of so many Arsenal supporters.
37) Jarrod Bowen – Having a career year for West Ham with eight goals and eight assists. Could be in contention for an England call-up.
36) Jordan Henderson – The Liverpool captain has not slowed down this season, and his leadership will be vital in the Reds’ title charge against City.
35) Raheem Sterling – Already tied his goal tally from last season, and has scored double-digit goals in the Premier League for the fifth straight season.
34) Yves Bissouma – Brighton would not be the team they are without Bissouma in midfield. He leads the league in successful tackles per match this season, at 2.2.
33) Cristiano Ronaldo – 37-year-old, Cristiano Ronaldo, has not struggled like he has this season in his entire illustrious career. United are nowhere near where they aspired to be at the start of this season, and two goals in his last ten games is not good enough for Ronaldo.
32) Mason Mount – Chelsea are a better team when Mason Mount plays, and he has silenced so many doubters with his play this season. He has improved after a shaky start to the season, and will only continue to get better and better.
31) Raphinha – Without the Brazilian, Leeds would more than likely be in the relegation zone right now. His nine goals make up 45% of Leeds’ goals in the Premier League this season, and it will be interesting to see how he looks under Jesse Marsch.
30) Alisson – Second most clean sheets in the Premier League this season and has limited his errors.
29) David de Gea – Constantly saves Manchester United with breathtaking saves. Having one of his best seasons for United after many wrote him off.
28) Phil Foden – The best young talent this league has been on an exponential rise since making his debut for Manchester City. Foden has scored seven goals already this season from left-wing, and will more than likely break his tally from last season.
27) Conor Gallagher – People always say to never fall in love with a loan player, but I don’t think Crystal Palace fans will be able to help themselves after Gallagher’s performances this season. The Chelsea loanee has scored eight goals and assisted three in the Premier League this season, and is only 22 years of age.
26) Fabinho – Such a steady midfield force and impossible to beat with a through ball. He is so important to the way Liverpool plays, as when he drops back he makes way for Andrew Roberston and Trent Alexander-Arnold to attack the flanks.
25) Jorginho – A blueprint of what a true regista looks like. Jorginho’s passing has been incredible this season and he has converted six goals from the penalty spot as well. Currently Tuchel’s third choice midfielder, however, after N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.
24) James Ward-Prowse – This guy is possibly one of the greatest free-kick takers we have ever seen, and his talent and technique need to be appreciated more. He is at the core of Southampton’s success this season, with ten goal contributions from the center of the pitch.
23) Aymeric Laporte – The Spaniard has been favored over John Stones this season after a brilliant Euro tournament in the Summer and has made no mistake in the side. He leads the Premier League with 83.9 passes per match, which relays his composure and comfort on the ball.
22) Sadio Mané – Many people thought that Mané no longer had his killer instinct going into this season, but he has returned to his goal-scoring ways in some fashion. He has scored twelve goals in the Premier League, the joint-second highest among all other players, and is a big reason why Liverpool are in second.
21) Jose Sa- Wolves have conceded the fourth least amount of goals in the Premier League this season and Sá is a massive reason why. He has contributed to nine clean sheets, through winning four man-of-the-match awards this season.
20) Joel Matip – Virgil Van Dijk is so impressive in defense that some people often overlook Matip. The 6’5 Cameroonian international is calm on the ball and when paired with Van Dijk, they truly form a brick wall.
19) Edouard Mendy – When Chelsea are struggling offensively in a game they can count on Mendy to keep them in it. He has kept nine clean sheets in twenty-one Premier League games and is such an important player for Tuchel.
18) N’Golo Kanté – The Frenchman’s work rate does not drop with age, and he is always on the team sheet when healthy. Kante averages 2.78 tackles and 2.26 interceptions per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season, stats that will be needed for the rest of the season.
17) Harry Kane – Started the Premier League season in uncharacteristically poor form, but has found his feet since and been back to his unstoppable self. Kane single-handedly defeated City to blow the title race open and has been a dream striker for Antonio Conte.
16) Diogo Jota – His twelve goals in the Premier League this season have solidified his starting position in the Liverpool team this season, and he has proven to be an amazing signing for the Reds. He can score with his left foot, right foot, and head, which is so important for how Liverpool plays. Jota is excellent when attacking the box, and his tactical versatility is a dream for Liverpool’s style of play.
15) Riyad Mahrez – The silky nature of Mahrez’s game just makes him a joy to watch. While he isn’t able to play every game as Pep likes to rotate his squad, he has eight goals in the Premier League and is second in minutes per goal.
14) Son Heung-min – It seems like every season Son has to carry Spurs on his shoulders along with his partner in crime, Harry Kane. Son and Kane broke the all-time Premier League record for most goal combinations between two players this season, with 37. Son has scored ten while assisting five himself this year and is trying his best to keep Tottenham’s top-four hopes alive.
13) Kevin De Bruyne – KDB doesn’t have the same caliber of stats that we usually see from him this season, however, that doesn’t mean he isn’t giving Premier League defenses nightmares. He is fifth in chances created in the league this season and has scored seven himself. You cannot deny that Manchester City are at their best when De Bruyne plays, as we have seen so often throughout his time in Blue.
12) Declan Rice – The young English central defensive midfielder gets better every year, which also means that his price tag will get higher and higher. Rice is a player that can completely control an entire midfield, thanks to his unbelievable physique, pace, and technical ability. Rice has made 139 tackles and interceptions this season and continues to elevate West Ham’s position in the Premier League table.
11) Ruben Dias – Been solid as usual in defense for Manchester City, however, has slightly regressed from last season. I have three center backs ahead of him in this list, but Dias is still a big part of City’s Premier League best defense, as they have only conceded seventeen goals this season as a team.
10) Antonio Rudiger – The German has revived his career under Thomas Tuchel and has become a top center back in the world. He has pressured opposition 200 times this season, and he is able to do this so well because of Chelsea’s back three. He can be the aggressive player he likes to be and do it in style.
9) Andrew Robertson – Liverpool’s left-back is integral to how they play, and it’s clear that Andy Robertson succeeds at filling that role. He is great defensively, never stops running, and has whipped in nine assists as well.
8) Thiago Silva – It’s unbelievable to say, but a 37-year-old Thiago Silva is having one of the best seasons of his career. He has made countless last-ditch tackles and blocks for the Blues and has scored three goals as well.
7) Mateo Kovačić– Chelsea’s best player on a consistent basis in my opinion, as he truly never puts a foot wrong and is impossible to dispossess. He has completed 1.8 dribbles per game at a 79.5% dribble success rate this season, which is unbelievable. His tidiness and dribbling ability rank among the best players in the world.
6) Joao Cancelo – Helps Pep Guardiola orchestrate his team the way he wants. Cancelo truly is a number 10 disguised as a full-back and has five assists this season along with a rocket of a goal. He’s a danger anywhere on the pitch with the ball of his feet and has reinvented the left-back position.
5) Virgil van Dijk – When it comes to aerial and one-on-one duels, there is no one better than Liverpool’s brick wall. While Van Dijk has dealt with injuries these past few seasons, he is slowly getting back to his best and looks so comfortable with Joel Matip in the back. Without Van Dijk, Liverpool’s full-backs would not be able to be as productive as they are, and the Reds would lose their identity.
4) Bernardo Silva – The Portuguese swiss army knife never stops running. Silva has been so versatile for Pep, being able to play primarily as a central midfielder or false center forward. His mesmerizing ball control and chance creation have elevated his status in the Premier League, and his seven goals for City have been crucial to their title charge.
3) Trent Alexander-Arnold – When the English full-back whips a cross into the box, it creates problems for opposition 90% of the time. Alexander-Arnold leads the Premier League with eleven assists, 2.9 key passes per match, and fourteen big chances created. En route to breaking his single-season assist record.
2) Rodri – At the center of City’s team lies Rodrigo Hernández Cascante, whose dirty work makes way for others to shine. Rodri has completed 92.6% of his passes this season for City and is a big reason why City consistently dominates possession. Wins his duels with ease and will have City fans forgetting about Fernandinho in no time.
1) Mohamed Salah – The Egyptian King has made this league his own and can truly do whatever he wishes to on the pitch. With nineteen goals and ten assists in twenty-four matches for Liverpool this season, Salah is a tier above all other attackers. These goals and assists have also come when it’s mattered most, and Salah’s magic might just give Liverpool’s title charge the push it so desperately needs.
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