Captains are a big part of every football team.
Typically, a good captain has to be influential both on and off the pitch.
But, performance-wise, is he the best captain in the Premier League?
All stats used are strictly from their performances in the Premier League. Stats from domestic and European cups have not been taken into account.
20. Billy Sharp | Sheffield United | 6.35
Sharp, who is now 34, has been largely limited to appearances off the bench this season. He’s still managed three Premier League goals, including two in his last three.
19. Conor Coady | Wolves | 6.49
Coady’s rating seems a little bit harsh. He’s been an ever-present for a Wolves side that boasts the seventh best defence in England’s top tier.
18. Simon Francis | Bournemouth | 6.54
Francis has made 10 starts this season. Bournemouth have kept just one clean sheet in those games.
17. Seamus Coleman | Everton | 6.59
Coleman used to be one of the best attacking full-backs in the league. He’s recorded just one assist in an injury-hit campaign.
16. Mark Noble | West Ham | 6.63
Noble has notched six goal contributions in what has been a tough campaign so far for West Ham.
15. Jamaal Lascelles | Newcastle | 6.72
Newcastle have conceded 25 goals in Lascelles’ 18 starts this term.
14. Luka Milivojevic | Crystal Palace | 6.75
Milivojevic, who is deadly from set-pieces, managed 12 Premier league goals last season. He’s only hit the back of the net twice in 2019/20.
13. Grant Hanley | Norwich | 6.77
Hanley missed four months of the season with numerous injury problems. He’s been decent since his return at the end of December.
12. Kasper Schmeichel | Leicester City | 6.81
Schmeichel remains one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. He has 10 clean sheets this season; the second most in England’s top tier.
11. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg | Southampton | 6.82
Hojbjerg has statistically been Southampton’s third best player this season, behind James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings.
10. Ben Mee | Burnley | 6.88
Mee and James Tarkowski have formed one of the best centre-defensive partnerships in the Premier League in recent years.
9. Lewis Dunk | Brighton & Hove Albion | 6.90
Brighton are struggling this season but Dunk has led by example. If the Seagulls are relegated, Dunk will no doubt still be in the Premier League next campaign.
8. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang | Arsenal | 6.99
Aubameyang has been in great form in front of goal this season. He’s hit the back of the net 17 times and is two goals behind Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.
7. Hugo Lloris | Tottenham | 7.04
Lloris has made numerous mistakes this season, but that isn’t reflected in his stats. He’s only kept two clean sheets this season but he has had a lot to do, making 50 saves in the 11 games where he’s completed the full 90 minutes.
6. Cesar Azpilicueta | Chelsea | 7.11
Azpilicueta has been his reliable self this season, providing a veteran presence in what is a youthful Chelsea side.
5. Harry Maguire | Manchester United | 7.12
Maguire has recently started to show why United paid £80m for him in the summer. In his last five games, United have kept four clean sheets and conceded just once.
4. Troy Deeney | Watford | 7.14
Deeney has played a huge role as Watford have transformed their fortunes. He’s recorded eight goal contributions, despite missing 11 games this campaign.
3. David Silva | Manchester City | 7.15
Silva was installed as Man City captain at the start of the season in what is likely going to be his last campaign with the club. He’s only made 16 starts in 2019/20 but has nine assists to his name.
2. Jordan Henderson | Liverpool | 7.20
Henderson has shown his worth to Liverpool this campaign and is the current front-runner to win the PFA Player of the Year award.
1. Jack Grealish | Aston Villa | 7.33
Grealish, who has 14 goal contributions to his name this season, has been by far Villa’s best player. Regardless of whether Villa stay in the division, it’s highly likely that Grealish will be plying his trade at one of England’s biggest clubs next campaign.
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