Through 21 games, 5 teams sit within 10 points of Chelsea, Chelsea have a commanding 7 point lead over the rest of the league as Conte’s men continue to be the best side in England. London sides: Spurs and Arsenal sit 2nd and 4th respectively as they join Chelsea in the top 6. Manchester sides: City and United populate 5th and 6th and Liverpool takes 3rd going into the 22nd week. These are my top 11 Premier League players through 21 games.
Marcos Alonso, Chelsea. One of the two defenders that will even get mentioned in this article. My list is quite frankly populated by attackers except for Alonso and one other. Marcos has been a catalyst wing back for Chelsea who bombs forward and boasts 3 goals.
Christian Eriksen, Spurs. The Danish architect is one of the most dangerous players in England, unfortunately, he doesn’t crack to top 11. He does own an impressive 8 assists in the league thus far which is the most out of anyone else on this list.
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace. Palace fight for their relegation lives as they sit in 17th and are out of the relegation zone solely on goal difference. Big Sam does have his skillful winger who’s provided an impressive 6 assists in the league.
11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester Utd.
The heir to Cantona’s throne, Zlatan has been one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League, despite his age. United have found their stride under Mourinho and that goes double for Zlatan who has certainly been one of the best in the league. His 14 goals is equal to Alexis and Diego Costa for the league lead.
10. Harry Kane, Spurs.
Eriksen? Alli? No, surely it has to be Harry Kane. Another dazzling season of scoring an excellent amount of goals, Harry Kane is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the Premier League and has a high ceiling is he stays with Pochettino. 13 goals is best for 4th and only one behind the leaders. Spurs also sit in 2nd, over many of the heaviest hitters the Premier League have to offer and sit 1 above Arsenal.
9. Dimitri Payet, West Ham.
West Ham suck, Payet surely isn’t as magical, but don’t believe the hype. 6 assists and an 81 percent pass completion percentage in an awful Hammers side is commendable. 3 shots per game suggest that Dimitri is still searching for the net and he’s gotten himself 5 Man of the Match awards. FIVE. West Ham has only won 7 games which makes him the absolute, main reason why West Ham has gotten at least 15 points. Where’s the help? He deserves better, but needs to stay because he agreed to it. Oh, what a circus East London has become.
8. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool.
Liverpool’s attack is a lot more of a group effort consisting of Firmino, an African pace monster that will be on this list and Firmino’s magical compatriot who will also be on this list. Firmino’s 6 goals, 3 assists, 3 shots per game, 80 percent pass completion and 2 Man of the Matches puts the Brazilian 8th.
7. Sadio Mane, Liverpool.
Well, here’s your African pace monster that I mentioned in Firmino’s section. Mane will be absent for a while due to his Africa Cup of Nations obligation and Liverpool will surely miss him. Mane boosts down the right hand side against everybody the Reds come against and is a catastrophic issue to the rest of the league. 9 goals, 4 assists and a 7.57 rating.
6. Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester City.
The only other defender on the list. Otamendi executes over 2 tackles a game and achieves 3 interceptions a game. Otamendi is a rock my dude and who knows what City would be like if Otamendi wasn’t there and someone like a Mangala was partnered with John Stones or Aleksander Kolarov. Yikes. City are slipping in the race and Otamendi is the only thing in the back that’s trying to stop the slipping. Otamendi borderline has to play keeper for a horrendous Claudio Bravo as well.
5. Diego Costa, Chelsea.
Take a good look at perhaps the top striker in England, because he won’t be here for long. Costa has complete intention to leave the Bridge this summer and I can already see his return to Atletico after Griezmann leaves for United. He’s tied atop the goal scorer board with 14 goals and 4 Man of the Matches. Maybe he’ll take the Chinese money and call it a day…
4. Paul Pogba, Manchester Utd.
Of course one game doesn’t define an entire season but geez Pogba was lost on Sunday. The Old Trafford pitch was a foreign land to the young Frenchman as he had a circus of a match against Liverpool. 4 goals, 3 assists, 84 percent pass completion, 4 Man of the Matches and a 7.72 rating still puts him near the top of the best Premier League players this season.
3. Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool.
The Brazilian magician has been out with an injury for the last couple months but his return puts him back up here near the top. Liverpool still sit in 3rd on the table and are 7 away from Chelsea. Coutinho will surely boost Liverpool’s attack once again to give them the strength to chase the Blues. 5 goals, 5 assists, 7.73 rating, Liverpool need their magician more then ever.
2. Eden Hazard, Chelsea.
The Belgian assassin is back to top form for Chelsea this season as Chelsea rule the Premier League this season through 21 games. 9 goals, 3 assists, 84 percent pass completion, and a whopping 7 Man of the Matches which is more then anyone on this list, makes Hazard one of the best in England once again.
1. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal.
Alexis is dragging Arsenal to the top and that’s very difficult to do when Chelsea is firing on all cylinders. Alexis is absolutely brilliant this season, 14 goals is tied for the most in the league. With Giroud up top as of late, Alexis has the most goals in England over Kane, Mane, and Hazard. Alexis has also laid off 7 assists which is more then everyone on this list except for Eriksen. Alexis Sanchez is undoubtedly the best player roaming the English pitch this season.