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With the title race between Liverpool and Manchester City heating up and Manchester United’s rapid change of form, all eyes are on the finish of the season. Who are the best current Premier League stars? Before we get into that, here are a few honorable mentions:
Sadio Mané has been instrumental to the resurgence of the Liverpool attack. He is 2nd on Liverpool with 12 goals and tied for 5th in the Premier League. Mané offers flair and pace up top with quite a few years to come, but has just missed out on this list.
Christian Eriksen for the past few seasons has been the driving force in the Tottenham midfield. He is easily one of the most creative players on their team and in the league. The range of passing and ability from set pieces is what sets Eriksen apart. He is second in assists in the league with 9 currently.
Although Son Heung-Min is recently coming back from the Asian Cup, he is still one of the best players in the league on form. He gives Spurs a chance every time he touches the ball, and is tied for 8th on goals in the league with 11.
Leroy Sané is on perhaps one of the deadliest offenses that has been in the Premier League. Manchester City for the past few years have been running rampant with goals, and some of the credit is due to him. Sané has electrifying pace up top, can whip in a wonderful cross, and has a banger of a strike on him. He is only 23-years old is only going to get better, totaling 8 goals and 9 assists to date.
Alisson is arguably the best keeper in the league. He is a quality keeper coming into his prime with his best years ahead of him. Alisson is in a tight competition between City’s keeper Ederson for the golden glove, but currently holds 14 clean sheets, which is two ahead of Ederson.
10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Had I written this article two months ago, I might’ve moved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up on this list. His form has dipped a little bit with Arsenal’s recent form trending down. Nonetheless, Aubameyang has still been one of the brighter spots on that roster. Aubameyang has blistering speed up top, which makes him a threat at any moment to chase down a ball.
Typically if Aubameyang gets an opportunity in front of net, he will make the most of it. Without him on Arsenal, they would be a few spots lower in the standings on the table. He still stands at 3rd in the league in goals with 15.
9. David De Gea
This may come as a shock to some, but it shouldn’t. David De Gea only has 6 clean sheets to date, but are we forgetting everything else he has accomplished? De Gea has single-handily kept United in games year after year, and is the reason United had any relevance outside the last few months.
De Gea has won the PFA goalkeeper 5 out of the last 6 years. If you doubt his abilities, then I suggest rewinding to the Tottenham vs Manchester United game a few weeks back. He is the best keeper in the world and is still only 28-years old.
8. Aymeric Laporte
Aymeric Laporte has been an anchor in the back for City this season, and he is part in the reason that City still are in this title race with Liverpool. Their defense has looked better when Laporte is back there. Not only that, but he holds the most passes in the league.
An odd stat for a center back to hold, but not under Pep. Laporte is relied on heavily by his team with his defensive efforts and passing abilities. At the age of 24, he is only going to get better.
7. Raheem Sterling
After Raheem Sterling’s World Cup outing, I thought Mahrez would come in and take his job. Since then, Sterling has been sensational in this campaign. He brings loads of energy when he plays under Pep Guardiola’s system.
Sterling is a large contributor to the Manchester City goals, having a part in 21 of them. He is tied for 5th in goals with 12 and tied for 2nd in assists with 9.
6. Virgil Van Dijk
I attribute the turnaround success of Liverpool mostly to Virgil Van Dijk. Before him, their defense was leaky and unreliable. Liverpool had been successful up top, but not so much in the back. He, not Alisson, is the main reason that Liverpool holds the most clean sheets and least amount of goals conceded.
Van Dijk is a leader at the back and organizes the defense to do their part. In fact, his presence relates back to the legacy of John Terry.
5. Harry Kane
If Harry Kane was not currently injured, I would put him in the top 3. On form, Kane is the best striker in the world. However, with the injury in play, Tottenham is without their best striker.
His World Cup performance this past summer was nothing short of expected. This season, Kane is 4th in the league with 14 goals. At the age of 25, Kane could come back and finish towards the top in goals scored.
4. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba wouldn’t touch this list if I made it with him under Mourinho, but he still one of the best midfielders in the world. When watching United, Mourinho’s style absolutely killed Pogba’s flair and creativity.
Under new management, Pogba has been revived in a sense. He has 8 goals and 5 assists under Ole Solskjaer. In the league as a whole, Pogba contains 11 goals and 8 assists, which ranks 8th and 6th respectively.
3. Eden Hazard
Aside from Lionel Messi, only Eden Hazard has 10+ goals and 10+ assists across the top 5 leagues in Europe. To be exact, Hazard holds 12 goals and 10 assists, both of which rank 5th and 1st respectively in the league. At the end of the day, Hazard is the engine that forces Chelsea to run.
Without Hazard, Chelsea doesn’t contain a serious threat up top. With the footwork and dribbling skills under his belt, Hazard has been awarded a PFA Player of the Year award to show for his accolades.
2. Sergio Agüero
Sergio Agüero has been one of the best strikers in the Premier League for quite some time, so his ranking should not be a surprise. This is coming off of his hat-trick against Chelsea in which Manchester City won 6-0. With that performance, it puts Agüero joint all-time with Alan Sheerer in the number of hat-tricks scored in the EPL.
Agüero has 6 assists on the season, but more importantly, he is tied for 1st in goals with 17. Agüero has hit the woodwork 5 times this season; the most out of any player.
1. Mohamed Salah
In case it wasn’t clear, the reigning PFA Player of the Year is still the best player around. Mohamed Salah was a main factor in why Liverpool made it to the Champions League Final last season.
Salah offers great ball skills, flair, and creativity. He is also tied with Agüero at 17 goals and has maintained 7 assists. That total is good for 24 goal contributions in 26 games. Standing at 26-years of age means, Salah’s rampage on the Premier League isn’t close to being over.
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