Every Premier League Club’s Best Player Of The Season So Far

Every Premier League Club’s Best Player Of The Season So Far
Oct 18, 2017

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At this early stage of the season, the Premier League is beginning to take shape and reveal what sort of season certain teams can expect, which players will flop and which will prove to be key players for the upcoming season. With that in mind, here is each PL side’s top performer so far this season.

Arsenal: Sead Kolašinac

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The Bosnian was Arsenal‘s first signing of the Summer when he signed on a free transfer from Schalke and he made an immediate impact on his debut when he scored a header at Wembley in the Community Shield. Since then, he has been used as both a left wing back and a centre-back in Arsenal’s new system. Having scored twice and grabbing two assists, Arsenal have only conceded more than a single goal in a match on one occasion with Kolašinac; the opening day 4-3 win over Leicester City.

Bournemouth: Nathan Aké

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The Dutchman established himself as a quality defender at the Cherries but his season-long loan was cut short when Chelsea brought him back to the club in January to win a Premier League title. He returned to the South coast in the Summer on a permanent deal and in a bleak start to the campaign, he has been the standout performer. He makes on average 1.5 tackles per game and 1.5 interceptions per game, only making a single foul every other game. As Bournemouth strive to survive once more, the 22-year-old will be key to their efforts.

Brighton and Hove Albion: Pascal Groß

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Undoubtedly Brighton’s most effective player so far, the German has 2 goals and 2 assists from his 7 Premier League games. He scored the Seagulls’ first two Premier League goals and assisted their next two. Interestingly, he has a noble 1.1 interceptions per game despite playing as a number 10. He also makes 2.1 key passes per game. In a team that struggles to score, Chris Hughton will be hoping for a touch of magic from their midfield ace.

Burnley: James Tarkowski

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Burnley have been a surprise package so far this season, despite losing key defender Michael Keane and second top scorer Andre Gray on transfers as well as goalkeeper Tom Heaton to injury, with many pundits predicting them to be relegated at the start of the season, the Clarets sit above Liverpool in 7th. Key to that has been 24-year-old Tarkowski, the Englishman has been man of the match in two of the Clarets’ last 3 games against Liverpool and Everton.

He also gained man of the match in their win over Crystal Palace, in which he made a mammoth 17 clearances. It broke a record – set by Tarkowski himself against Chelsea – for most clearances in a single game for the 17/18 season. His 9.6 clearances per game put him top of the Premier League for that statistic.

Chelsea: Álvaro Morata

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No doubt about this, the Spaniard has hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge. He has scored 7 goals for Chelsea already including a stunning hat-trick at the Bet365 Stadium (add that to 5 goals for Spain and he has a ratio of nearly a goal per game in all competitions). His two assists have also proved useful for the Blues. With Eden Hazard returning from injury, there is still much to see from Diego Costa’s successor.

Crystal Palace: Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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Quite fittingly, Palace’s best player of their dire start to this season has only played 4 games due to injury. The Chelsea loanee has showcased his talents in those 4 cameos, however, averaging 2 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game whilst only giving away 0.3 tackles per game. Going forward, he makes 1.5 key passes and 4.3 dribbles per game, getting fouled 3.5 times per game. As a bit of an all-rounder, Loftus-Cheek has thrived in all but goals (but let’s face it, who hasn’t at Crystal Palace so far?). If the Eagles wish to soar in the top flight next season, they will need the 21-year-old to keep up his form. Who knows, they might even score a few more goals.

Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

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In a summer where Everton signed four attacking midfielders and no wingers, Calvert-Lewin was clearly in with a chance of first-team football this year. He scored the winner in their Europa League playoff tie with Ruzomberok at the start of the season and has picked up a further two assists so far this season. The 20-year-old will have a big part to play as Everton seek to save their season and Ronald Koeman’s job.

Huddersfield Town: Jonas Lössl

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The Dane was one of several players to join the Terriers this Summer and their other arrivals will do well to match Lossl’s contribution in the league so far. After missing out on one of last season’s loan stars Danny Ward, they went in for Mainz stopper Lössl on loan. After 3 consecutive clean sheets to start his Huddersfield career – in each of which he was vital – the 28-year-old was nominated for player of the month for August. A mistake against Swansea was perhaps excusable after he took a boot to the face within a minute of the match from Leroy Fer.

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy

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The Englishman had a difficult 16/17 season but still managed to pick up 13 goals. Despite that, he has started his personal season in fine form, scoring 5 goals in 8 games for the Foxes although they have claimed only a single point from the 4 games in which he’s scored. Even so, four of those goals have come against last season’s top 6. Not many would expect Leicester to get relegated this season despite their slow start, especially if Vardy stays fit and firing for the whole year.

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho

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One of transfer window’s big talking points was the Coutinho saga. Despite all the drama, speculation and the size of the reportedly offered, Liverpool stood firm. There are a few other players who could have been named their best player so far but Mohammed Salah has been wasteful in 1-on-1 situations and Sadio Mané’s silly red card against City lead to a 5-0 mauling; their only league defeat of the season.

After that, the Brazilian was re-introduced to the fold and in his last 4 games, he has 3 goals and an assist. If Liverpool are to achieve their minimum expectation of a top-four finish, they will need him to hit the form of previous seasons.

Manchester City: Kevin De Bruyne

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This was difficult to decide, with Manchester City’s attackers picking up incredible statistics and their defenders making an impact in every game, not a single player has seemed poor so far. Even Fabian Delph has been transformed from average-at-best midfielder to a left back who looks like he’s played there his entire life. However, it would be criminal to look beyond Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian put in man-of-the-match performances against Liverpool, Chelsea, Stoke and – more recently – Napoli.

The playmakers passing is top class, averaging 69 per game with an accuracy of 84.7%. His crossing has been a feature of City’s attack this season, making 2.3 per game and his 2.9 key passes per game ensure a defence cannot rest easy while he is on the ball. The 26-year-old’s end product is also superb, scoring 2 goals and recording 8 assists in the Premier League this season, making him arguably the league’s best.

Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku

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Becoming the main striker at a club of United’s stature is no mean feat but Lukaku has not only hit the ground running, but he’s hit it hopping, skipping and jumping. He has 10 goals and 1 assist in all competitions despite only playing 10 games. His strength, pace, intelligence and technique have proved vital so far and despite the fact that he’s played only one club from last season’s top 6 – failing to score – he looks to be the real deal for the Old Trafford faithful. A case for Nemanja Matić, David De Gea or Phil Jones could be made too, though there was little expectation for Lukaku to start so strongly in Manchester.

Newcastle United: Jamaal Lascelles

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Newcastle’s Captain Fantastic has made his mark on their return to the top-flight with winning goals in consecutive matches. In his game against Swansea, he performed a heroic goal-line clearance to deny Tammy Abraham before going up the other end of the pitch to blast Matt Ritchie’s corner into the net. Perhaps the most staggering part of his season has been his maturity. At the age of 23, his leadership and influence on his side is plain to see and most managers will remind you that a good leader is the most important part of a team.

Southampton: Oriol Romeu

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In what’s been a quiet season for the Saints so far, Oriol Romeu and his midfield partner Mario Lemina have quietly gone about their business with the pair proving to be quite the partnership. Romeu was already established as a quality defensive midfielder but this season so far has done nothing to take away from that. He averages 2.3 tackles per match, 2.3 interceptions per match and 1.6 clearances per match. He also offers something going forward, winning 1.3 fouls per match and making 1.3 key passes per match. He also completes 76 passes per match showing that he is a vital cog in Southampton’s well-oiled system.

Stoke City: Kurt Zouma

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The Frenchman has endured a difficult period since his ACL injury against Manchester United. He was unable to force his way back into Chelsea’s first team last season – in which they made a successful switch to three at the back – and was sent to the Potters to gain more first team minutes after Chelsea signed Antonio Rüdiger and decided not to loan Andreas Christensen out again. But Zouma has been influential for Mark Hughes’ side this year. He makes 8.6 clearances per game and was particularly impressive in their 1-0 win over his former rivals Arsenal.

Swansea City: Federico Fernández

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Last season, Swansea’s defensive record was their downfall. After losing Ashley Williams, it took four managers and half a season to work out their best defensive partnership. However, it was Alfie Mawson who caught the headlines as Swansea just about managed survival. This year Fernández has stepped up.

The Argentine has stood in as captain for most of this season and his titanic performance away to Spurs was proof that he deserved Paul Clement’s faith. He makes 8.6 clearances per game and was a key part of the Swansea backline who kept 3 consecutive away clean sheets this season. More than they managed over the previous two seasons combined.

Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane

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As Pep Guardiola put it, Spurs are very much the ‘“Harry Kane team‘. While they have many talented players, Kane is on another level entirely. In 9 games, he has 11 goals across all competitions. In fact, he has played 10 games for club and country since September ended. He has 13 goals and 2 assists from those games.

No player in the Premier League has more shots per game than the 24 year-old’s 6.5 and only Watford’s Richarlison has been named Man of the Match as many times in the Premier League this season. He is also currently the Champions League’s top scorer with 5 and WhoScored have ranked him as the third top performer in that competition with an average rating of 8.58.

Watford: Abdoulaye Doucouré

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Despite the aforementioned Richarlison’s late heroics against Swansea and West Brom, Doucouré is my pick for Watford’s player of the season so far. He has scored 3 goals and was named Man of the Match in their opening day draw with Liverpool. He completes almost 20 passes per match (61.9) more than his nearest competitor at Watford, Tom Cleverley and that’s with a passing accuracy of 85.7%. His absence last season lead to many fans complaining about the management of Walter Mazarri. Following Marco Silva’s appointment, the 24-year-old was brought into the team and suddenly, Watford

His absence last season lead to many fans complaining about the management of Walter Mazarri. Following Marco Silva’s appointment, the 24-year-old was brought into the team and suddenly, Watford look like a different side.

West Bromwich Albion: Grzegorz Krychowiak

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The Pole was an integral part of the Sevilla side who won the 14/15 and 15/16 Europa League. He was named in the competition’s team of the season in both years. After his move to Paris Saint-Germain failed to set the world alight, he was loaned to the Baggies. His reading of the game has seen him become key in Tony Pulis’ side; no player has made more interceptions per game in the league this season than his 3.6, a stat you’d typically associate with defenders. It seems the 27-year-old has finally rediscovered his form from his Sevilla days.

West Ham United: Pedro Obiang

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The Spaniard has been one of West Ham’s better performers in a season which has been unremarkable so far. His deflected goal against Huddersfield helped the Hammers on their way to their first win of the season. His qualities lie mainly on the defensive side, however, his 4 tackles per game ranks him above any other Premier League player so far this season and he has only given away 0.4 fouls per game; a staggering success ratio.

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