With the Premier League suspended till after the World cup, here are the best 11 players so far after 15 rounds of games.
I will be going with a 4-4-2 formation and below are the lucky players to have made it to my team.
GK- Alisson Becker
The Brazilian No. 1 is the reason why Liverpool isn’t swimming in relegation waters. He has prevented 8 goals this season, which is the most in the Premier League and the top 5 leagues in Europe.
And there is the small matter of recording 1 assist this season from a pass that has become a trademark of his when he launched a long pass toward the way of Mohammed Salah in Liverpool’s victory over Man City.
Right Back- Kieran Trippier
The English right-back has been outstanding so far for Newcastle and he is arguably the Magpies‘ best player this season.
Trippier has 3 assists this season, created 34 chances which is the third best in the league and he has passed the ball into the opposition half and the final third than any other player in the Premier League this season
Center Back- William Saliba
Saliba has been one of the standout players for Arsenal and one of the reasons Mikel Arteta’s boys have had a flying start to the season.
He is a good one-the-one defender as shown in the fact that he has been dribbled past twice this season. Saliba has also won 85% of the dribbles he has contested.
Offensively, he has scored 2 goals and assisted once for the table topper
Center Back: Lisandro Martinez
“He is too short and small to play in the Premier League” was what critics said before Martinez made his debut for Manchester United.
Guess what, he has been one of the standout defenders in the league this season with his no-nonsense style which has earned him the name “The Beast” among United’s faithfuls.
He has made 45 defensive actions this season (a tackle plus interception) and he has won 79% of the dribbles he has contested
Left Back: Joao Cancelo
I must admit that there has not been any fantastic left-back in the League but Manchester City’s left-back has done enough to get into this team.
He has registered 2 goals and 1 assist this season for the Citizens.
Central Midfield: Declan Rice
While his team has struggled, Rice has been fantastic for Westham. I had to choose between him and the Arsenal duo of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey
He has completed 89% of his passes which is more than Xhaka and Partey and recorded more progressive passes than the Arsenal duo (a progressive pass is any completed pass into the opponent’s penalty area).
He has also won more tackles in the dribbles he has contested than Xhaka and Partey.
Central Midfield: Kevin De Bruyne
He needs no introduction, does he?
Kevin De Bruyne has scored 3 goals and registered 9 assists this season for Manchester City.
He has the most assists this season, the most chances created and the most big chances created in the Premier League this season.
Right Midfield/Winger: James Maddison
I had to choose between Maddison and Bukayo Saka but I settled for the Leicester City midfielder.
He has 11 goal contributions ( 7 goals and 4 assists) which is more than Saka who has 10 goal contributions despite playing one lesser game.
He has also caught the eye defensively, his 34 defensive actions ( tackles plus interception) is more than that of Saka.
It is no surprise that he got called up to the Three Lions of England squad for the World cup.
Left Midfield/Winger: Phil Foden
While Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne have grabbed the headlines for Manchester City, Foden has lowkey been brilliant for the Citizens
He has scored 7 goals this season, which is the second-highest in Manchester City’s squad and he has registered 3 assists.
Striker: Harry Kane
While Erling Haaland has set the pace, Kane is beginning to find his stride and might catch up with the Norwegian in the top scorers’ chart
The English striker has found the back of the net 12 times this season for Tottenham. He has the second-most goal contributions in the league, second-most expected goals and second-most expected goals from shots on target.
Striker: Erling Haaland
What a player!
Haaland leads the top scorers’ chart with 18 goals, 6 more than his nearest rival, Harry Kane.
He has the most goal contributions, most goals per game, most expected goals, most expected goals per game and most expected goals on target.
Show me a better striker in the world currently, I would wait.