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Top 15 Best Premier League Players 2019/20

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The 2019/20 Premier League season is once again shaping up to be the most dramatic and entertaining campaign of the lot.

From VAR-inspired controversy and upsets galore, managerial fracas and feuds between fans and clubs, there’s very little that hasn’t engaged, even in the early stages of the season.

But alongside mesmerizing team performances, there have also been players who have delivered in big moments, inspired their side to victory, taken apart the most stringent of defences, held off the most ferocious of attackers.

Of course, fantasy football Premier League fans will have already scoped them out. But we’re deciding to cover all bases by taking a look at the top 15 best Premier League players in the 2019/20 season as it unfolds.

So, in 15th place is….

15) Emiliano Buendia

The Canaries have picked up an absolute gem in a player who has so far proved himself in his first top-flight season since 2015.

And with 12 assists in Norwich’s return from the Championship – the most of any newly-promoted player entering the Premier League in 2019 – what’s not to love?

Indeed, with Buendia orchestrating the attack, the likes of Teemu Pukki and co have been in good form, making the most of his services with goalscoring efforts.

If it isn’t providing for others, well, the Spaniard’s onion-bag-locator skills aren’t too bad either, with eight goals already notched under his belt.

Sure, Norwich have a tough season ahead of them. But with the 22-year-old in the mix, there is plenty of opportunities to thrill on the attack.

14) Teemu Pukki

Just ahead of him, both in our top Premier League players standings and on the pitch, is Beundia’s strike-partner Teemu Pukki.

Bear in mind, this is a man who scored 35 goals last season in the championship as one of the best forwards around

This season, he has an xG of 1.38 and played his part in toppling the reigning champions, Manchester City, in early September.

Whether it’s luck or skill, the Finnish forward always has a hand in the scoring and is one of those rare players who can never be contained for too long, regardless of the opposition defence (in this case John Stones and Nikolas Otamendi).

And while this season may not be shaping up to be as productive as last years’ stint, Pukki’s movement, clinical accuracy and passing primes him to be in amongst the scoring.

13) Ayoze Perez

Our top 15 best Premier League players of the 2019/20 season feature plenty of Spaniards, and one of the picks of the bunch is Perez.

Having moved from Tyne Side to the East Midlands, plenty questioned his ability to perform in a side already brimming with talent – Jamie Vardy, James Maddison to name a few.

And yet under Brendan Rodgers, the 26-year-old has turned a corner.

From bagging a brilliant hat-trick against Southampton, to constantly linking up with Vardy and co, Perez has slotted into the Foxes squad with ease.

Lo and behold…

Given how much progress they’re making in the top-half of proceedings, who knows where his goals will lead them?

12) Mason Mount

Prior to this season, Mount hadn’t made a competitive start for Chelsea’s first-team, gaining experience on loan under Frank Lampard at Derby instead.

But the Blues boss’ decision to bring him with him to Stamford Bridge and throw him into the deep end in the early stages of the campaign has paid off – and paid off well.

Evident in the kind of numbers he’s amassed in the early stages of this campaign…

Indeed, the young Englishman has shown a tenacity to perform well against high-profile performance; his confident passing, relentless pressing and aggression on the ball are unchallenged.

With four goals already under his belt this season, there’s no doubt that those numbers should rise too.

11) Daniel James

Perhaps a surprise inclusion in our top 15 best Premier League players of the current season, James has been a transformative figure amongst a Manchester United team very much on the descent.

But anyone who has watched him in the last five or six weeks will have been drawn to his counterattacking capabilities, as he showcased against Liverpool when he was the provider for Anthony Martial’s opening goal.

And James has showcased that regularly this season:

Indeed, when things have looked dour for the Red Devils, James is always the player who triggers attacking spells, takes possession forward and hunts down opposition attackers.

Without angering any Old Trafford Gods, his transfer from Swansea City to Manchester seems very much a Ferguson-esq signing – one that could put him on the path to ascendancy.

10) Wilfried Ndidi

Operating as one of the most underrated players in the league, and rifling into 10th place is another Leicester City man – Wilfried Ndidi.

Of course, playing in a team with the likes of Vardy, Madison, Perez and Caglar Soyuncu will do exactly that.

But it’s hard not to notice the role that the Nigerian midfielder plays, given that this season he’s got the record of the joint-highest most interceptions and fifth-highest tackles of any player across the league.

Aside from these more defensive attributes, Ndidi is organised in possession, composed on the ball, and very alert to movement around him.

With the 22-year-old performing the way he is as one of the epl’s best players, Leicester City have a real chance of cementing a top-four place this season.

9) Caglar Soyuncu

Of course, not too far away in our top 15 best Premier League players mentions is Soyuncu himself – how could we not?

The 23-year-old deserves a special mention, as in the aftermath of Harry Maguire’s departure, not many believed he would be able to occupy the centre-back role with any talent or skill.

Yet up stepped Soyuncu…

This season not only has he been a physical force in the back four but has usurped Maguire’s repertoire by showcasing a natural dribbling and passing ability, often playing a big role in the Foxes counterattacks.

Indeed, Rodgers describes it best himself:

‘’That’s exactly what we want, defenders who defend forward’’.

And forward is the way ahead for Soyuncu and Leicester as they mount a charge atop the table.

8) Tammy Abraham

Not many would put Abraham in top 15 best Premier League player listings, and yet here he is, having cemented his position in Chelsea’s starting XI after years of graft, talent and endeavour.

None more so evident than in the early stages of this season.

Under Lampard, the England international has racked up 10 Premier League goals already, with the double figures clinched against Crystal Palace last weekend.

What’s more, Abraham is the top-flight’s second-highest goalscorer this season, outperforming his xG rates and racking up a few records along the way too.

Check out these numbers…

The 22-year-old is the second-youngest player to reach double figures in Chelsea’s history and only Diego Costa and Jimmy Floyd-Hasslebank have required more games to reach that mark.

If that isn’t proof enough of his success and moniker of one of the best players in the Premier League, then there’s not much else we can say to do the trick.

7) Bernardo Silva

Finally – a Manchester City man, you say. Well, Leicester and Chelsea’s young talents have flooded our mentions, but raw talent can only get you so far.

Experience is another aspect of the game that can be worth using and the Citizens have had their fair share of that, chiefly through Bernardo Silva this season.

Without the trusty David Silva in the mix, and new signing Rodrigo ‘Rodri’ Hernandez still nursing various injuries, Bernie has had to step up and provide attacking creativity to the front three.

And indeed he did:

Against the likes of Southampton and Arsenal, the Brazilian has been uncontainable and has spurred City on for multiple wins.

Amidst the defensive crisis, off-field drama and dressing room fracas taking place, the 25-year-old will be a crucial figure come May.

6) Trent Alexander-Arnold

The local Liverpool lad keeps getting better and better as the year’s progress, and this year has been no different, hence his positioning in our top 15 best Premier League players in the 2019/20 season.

Alongside his fellow fullback Andy Robertson, Trent has been the driving force behind the Reds major attacks, evident in the assist he paved for Mohamed Salah’s goal against Manchester City last weekend after profiting from another one of Robbo’s cross-field passes.

And more so across the early stages of the season too:

True, opposition defences deem him to be defensively vulnerable – a statement that Raheem Sterling put to test in last Sunday’s clash.

But there is very little doubt regarding his attacking abilities, which he’s showcased consistently. The England international also created14 chances in August as the joint-second most of any player in the league.

With the 21-year-old leading the charge as one of the best right-backs in the world, goals, goals, and more goals are on the charts.

5) Raheem Sterling

Sterling’s development across the seasons, from a youngster at Liverpool to one of the best epl players in the current era under the reigning Premier League champions has been a marvellous one.

Season after season, with Pep Guardiola’s careful tutelage in hand he’s shown sign of development, and this year, the Englishman has been at his peak.

Indeed, with seven goals already amassed in his opening 12 games, clinical finishing has finally become a more honed aspect of his play.

And this much-needed composure has made him one of the most compelling attacking players in all of Europe.

Only 24-years-old, Sterling has much more to master down the path to ultimate success. While he does so, there are a few who trumps him in the standings…

4) Sadio Mane

The man in question is Sadio Mane, who would be an ideal fit further up our top 15 best Premier League players in the 2019/20 season too.

Especially considering the manner in which he continues to fearlessly lead Liverpool from the front, alongside his trusty strike-partners Salah and Roberto Firmino.

This season, not much has changed for the Senegalese striker. He’s already racked up seven goals and two assists in 11 appearances this season, matched with an 86% pass rate to emphasise the slick link-up play he possesses.

Evidently so below:

Operating as one of the most creative forward players in the league, there is very little Mane cannot do. Whether it’s striking, passing, pressing or defensive duties which he carries out with ease, the Reds main man is definitely the complete package.

3) Jamie Vardy

Wagering in at third place is………………Jamie Vardy.

Who could’ve guessed? Well, you only have to take a look at the kind of stats he’s racking up in the early stages of the season to understand where our placement derives from.

As the current leading Premier League goalscorer with 11 to his name to pair with two assists, the Englishman is in the kind of form that he showcased in Leicester City’s title-winning season.

Carry on in this vein and there’s no doubt he’ll be challenging for the golden boot, if not leading the race.

2) Andrew Robertson

From one side of Liverpool’s defence to the other, our top 15 best Premier League players in 2019/20 listings would go amiss if we hadn’t mentioned the Scottish powerhouse that is Andrew Robertson.

Indeed, from scavenging for jobs while playing for Hull to becoming one of the best left-backs in the world, let alone league, the Scottish skipper has only gone from strength to strength.

And just like his fellow fullback Alexander-Arnold, he is more well-known for his attacking contributions.

Like so…

Last season was a testament to that when the pair racked up the most assists by a defensive duo in the history of the league. And this season, Robbo is once again topping the charts with four to his name.

Match this with an 83% passing rate – higher than some of the attacking players and midfielders on this list – and there’s very little doubt that the 25-year-old is one of the best epl players going.

1) Joel Matip

Leading the charge in our top 15 best Premier League players of the 2019/20 season is none other than a Kop favourite – Joel Matip.

The former Schalke man made the switch from Germany to England during a time where Liverpool’s defensive setup was one of the leakiest in the league.

Yet, after four seasons of effort and endeavour under Jurgen Klopp, he carries just as much importance and skill as his centre-back partner Virgil Van Dijk.

When Matip is in the starting XI, there is a real sense of assuredness in and around the back four. Not just of defensive steel, but also of composed possession play.

The stats sure do prove as much…

And without the Cameroon international in the team, things often go south, as evident in recent games – he is that crucial for the Reds.

Across this season and indeed last, there is no one – aside from Van Dijk – as consistent and reliable as Matip himself.

Honourable Mentions

Our listings have shown the Premier League’s current top 15. Yet there are plenty of players who have just missed out on the cut.

James Maddison, Sebastian Haller, Willy Boly to Lucas Digne, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and John McGinn are the names that have missed out.

But if there’s any inspiration to take from the top 15, success isn’t too far away.

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