Premier League: The best five players in every position this season according to stats

The Premier League is currently postponed due to the coronavirus and it is unknown when it may return.

So, with no games on the horizon for now, it seems like an ideal time to look at the best players in every position so far this season.

We first did this back in October when the season was relatively young.

Now, players have had nearly three quarters of the season to shine.

Stats have been provided by and players must have featured in 15 or more games to have been considered.


5. Aaron Ramsdale – 6.77

4. Kasper Schmeichel – 6.81

3. Vicente Guaita – 6.82

2. Martin Dubravka – 6.84

1. Bernd Leno – 6.88

Ramsdale, who was on loan at AFC Wimbledon in the 2018/19 campaign, has performed admirably in his first season in the Premier League with Bournemouth.

Guaita and Dubravka have both have solid seasons with Crystal Palace and Newcastle respectively.

Leno has made the second most saves in the Premier League this season (104) and has made just two errors leading to a goal.

Interestingly, there’s no room for Liverpool’s Alisson Becker on the list, who is considered one of the world’s best goalkeepers.


5. Djibril Sidibé – 7.01

4. Serge Aurier – 7.18

3. Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7.21

2. Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.30

1. Ricardo Pereira – 7.50

Aurier is extremely rash in defence but his prowess going forward propels him into the top five right-backs. He’s notched six assists this season.

Wan-Bissaka has been a brilliant signing for Man United and looks to be their starting right-back for many years to come.

Alexander-Arnold has been getting plaudits aplenty this season, with a ridiculous 14 Premier League assists and counting.

But it’s Leicester’s Pereira who is rated comfortably ahead of him.


5. Jonny Evans – 6.95

4. Caglar Soyuncu – 7.09

3. James Tarkowksi – 7.11

2. Harry Maguire – 7.12

1. Virgil van Dijk – 7.40

Leicester have the third best defence in the Premier League this season, with their centre-back partnership of Evans and Soyuncu a big reason for that.

Eyebrows were raised about the money United paid for Maguire but he’s had a solid first season.

Van Dijk is the best defender in the world and his stats this season reflect that.


5. Ben Chilwell – 6.97

4. Diego Rico – 6.99

3. Cesar Azpilicueta – 7.11

2. Lucas Digne – 7.12

1. Andrew Robertson – 7.12

Chilwell’s inclusion means Leicester’s back five are all among the best players in their position.

Azpilicueta is still performing at a very high level for Chelsea, while Robertson beats Digne to top spot by virtue of more minutes played.

Defensive midfielders:

5. Fred – 6.95

4. Etienne Capoue – 6.97

3. Philip Billing – 7.00

2. Rodri – 7.12

1. Wilfried Ndidi – 7.36

Fred was a bit of a laughing stock during his early days at United as he failed to prove he was a £50m player. But he’s been a revelation this season and has arguably been the Red Devils’ Player of the Year.

Rodri has been a decent signing for Man City, but his stats are incomparable to Ndidi’s.

Centre midfielders:

5. James Ward-Prowse – 7.09

4. Joao Moutinho – 7.09

3. Scott McTominay – 7.10

2. Jordan Henderson – 7.20

1. John McGinn – 7.26

Ward-Prowse is on the fringes of the England team after a decent season for Southampton, while McTominay is improving all the time for United.

Henderson is a PFA Player of the Year contender, but stats suggest he hasn’t actually been the best centre midfielder this season.

That award goes to McGinn. Aston Villa have suffered massively since the Scottish midfielder went down with an injury in December.

Attacking midfielders:

5. Mason Mount – 7.01

4. David Silva – 7.15

3. Jack Grealish – 7.33

2. James Maddison – 7.34

1. Kevin De Bruyne – 7.92

Mount has fallen away after a good start to the season but still makes the list.

Silva is having a decent season in what is his last at Manchester City.

Maddison just edges out Grealish for second, but they are well behind De Bruyne.

The Belgian has been incredible this season, tallying seven goals and 14 assists.

Right wingers:

5. Emiliano Buendia – 7.24

4. Willian – 7.25

3. Mohamed Salah – 7.45

2. Riyad Mahrez – 7.59

1. Adama Traore – 7.61

Norwich have had a poor season but Buendia, who has tallied seven assists, has been a stand-out performer.

Willian has his critics at Chelsea but has been among the best payers in his position.

Traore has all the attributes to be a world-class player and he’s started to fulfil his potential this term.

Left wingers:

5. Allan Saint-Maximin – 7.18

4. Raheem Sterling – 7.19

3. Son Heung-min – 7.28

2. Marcus Rashford – 7.34

1. Sadio Mane – 7.50

Saint-Maximin is arguably the most exciting player to watch in the Premier League and he’s been a breath of fresh air for Newcastle.

Sterling started off the campaign well, but has failed to provide a goal contribution in Man City’s last nine Premier League games.

Rashford was performing well for United before his serious back injury in January, scoring 14 times.

Mane is one of the favourites for the PFA Player of the Year award and rightly so.


5. Jamie Vardy – 7.25

4. Roberto Firmino – 7.26

3. Raul Jimenez – 7.29

2. Harry Kane – 7.30

1. Richarlison – 7.32

Vardy leads the league with 18 goals this season but is only fifth.

Kane’s period on the sidelines has been a big blow for Spurs, who were struggling in his absence.

Surprisingly, it’s Richarlison who has been rated the best Premier League striker this season, despite scoring ‘just’ 10 times.

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