REVEALED: The Premier League Team Of The Season So Far Based On Statistics

REVEALED: The Premier League Team Of The Season So Far Based On Statistics
Dec 3, 2017

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It’s that time of year again and, thanks to in-depth statistics from WhoScored.com, the debate can be put to bed regarding who the best players are in their respected positions in the Premier League going into the hectic Christmas period. Well, probably not.

Nevertheless, here are the eleven players who have outshone the competition, smashed through the glass ceiling and lived up to all expectations this Premier League season. Will it stay the same come May?

GK: Nick Pope 

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Rating: 7.2

Originally an alternative to the injured Tom Heaton, 25-year-old Pope has exceeded all expectations this season – five clean sheets in ten starts for Burnley, who find themselves breathing down the necks of the top five. It hasn’t been easy for the up-and-comer, however; making on average 3.7 saves per game – only Łukasz Fabiański makes more.

RB: Joe Gomez

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Rating: 7.1

Another player who has benefitted from an unfortunate injury, this time to Nathaniel Clyne, is 20-year-old Gomez. The injury-ridden start to his career is well behind the defender, who has proved he can be utilized in any position across the back four. Recent England caps after a shaky start show that Joe is a talent that will thrive with the more opportunities he gets.

CB: Shkodran Mustafi

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Rating: 7.8

Maybe a surprise to some, but Mustafi has statistically been the best defender in the league going into the winter period. Coming back into the Arsenal team after injury drastically improved the Gunners defensively, with a pass success of 87% giving more stability and creativity when playing out from the back. four aerial duels won per game is not a stat to be ignored either; a likely ingredient for his inclusion in this team.

CB: César Azpilicueta

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Rating: 7.4

César Azpilicueta is having the best, if not one of the best seasons of his career. Not only has he contributed a goal and FIVE assists from his predominantly defensive role as sweeper thus far, but the Spaniard has also intercepted the most passes from defence, as well as showcasing an 80% tackle success rate and six clean sheets. An early contender for player of the season?

LB: Ashley Young

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Rating: 7.5

The once-forgotten England international performed an early Christmas miracle earlier in the season by proving to the ruthless Mourinho that he can cut it in the Manchester United defence. Not only does he contribute defensively, with a few tackles and interceptions per game, his offensive play and crosses have caused every defence he’s come up against problems this season –  most likely a key reason why Manchester United score in abundance.

RM: Mohamed Salah

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Rating: 7.6

Nothing much needs saying to argue the Egyptian’s case. Twelve goals in only fourteen league games, as well as two assists, means Salah is the top scorer in the competition. One of the most in-form players in the world right now –  his frightening pace, dribbling and of course, finishing leaves him at a tug of war for Player of the Season with the next man on the list.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne

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Rating: 8.0

Statistically the best player in the Premier League so far this season, De Bruyne has taken it to another level. Guardiola’s midfield having freedom on the pitch has been crucial to his and City’s success, with the Belgian at the core of it. Four goals and seven assists in just 14 games –  whether it be 20-yard screamers to slick through balls, De Bruyne has shown he is the full package. Not to be a Scrooge, but City need to be wary of European heavyweights sniffing around him at the end of the season.

CM: Fernandinho

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Rating: 7.6

The Brazilian plays a pivotal role in the City side, complimenting De Bruyne like no other. An incredible defensive work ethic, with all-around brilliant stats in Aerial’s, tackles and duels won – paired with a staggering 90% pass accuracy in 14 games – proves Fernandinho is a very important cog in this well oiled Manchester City team, who are yet to lose a league game this season.

LM: Raheem Sterling

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Rating: 7.5

Yet another City player having the season of his life, Sterling’s £50m price tag paid by City a few seasons ago is starting to look like a bargain. Nine goals and two assists in twelve games shows how important Raheem has become to this City side in recent months. Sterling’s ability to take on his man and draw fouls, combined with his recent form in front of goal, should fill England fans with rare hope going into Russia 2018.

ST: Sergio Agüero

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Rating: 7.8

Regardless of being affected by freak accidents and injuries in recent months, Sergio Agüero has still miraculously managed nine goals in ten appearances in the league this season. Although the Argentinian has not got quite the amount of game time he’d have preferred at this point in the season, the Blues’ all-time top scorer has contributed three assists so far –  showing a different side to his game. Agüero will be hoping for a cracker of a Christmas period to cement himself as the league’s most prolific goalscorer once again.

ST: Harry Kane

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Rating: 7.8

Another man who looks very promising going into next year’s World Cup is Mr. Consistent, Harry Kane. The striker’s unbelievable form has continued into the 2017/18 season, netting ten times in just thirteen games. This comes as no surprise, however, with Kane looking to grab his third successive Golden Boot award at the end of the season and prove that he is one of the best forward’s in Europe.

Do you think the ratings are justified? If not, who would you replace? Tweet us @FromTStands.

 

*Statistics involving players, teams and their ratings taken from fixtures up to Premier League Gameweek 14

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