The Premier League's best player for all 29 in-game attributes on FIFA 20

  • Kobe Tong

The Premier League season has been on ice for over two months now.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means that England’s top flight has rightfully taken a back seat and it remains to be seen when exactly ‘Project Restart’ will reach it conclusion.

And if the 2019/20 campaign is to be completed, then there’s plenty of unanswered questions to address and perhaps none are bigger than the PFA Player of the Year award.

Such is the equal share of brilliance throughout the title-destined Liverpool side that it’s incredibly hard to isolate a lone player that deserves the gong more than another. 

Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane appear to be the Reds’ leading contenders, although Kevin De Bruyne is arguably the favourite amidst a superb individual campaign. 

Premier League’s best players

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves when there are still potential games to be played and instead, let’s indulge in a less conventional way of sifting between the competition’s very best.

We’ve recently been looking at the 29 in-game attributes on FIFA 20 as a way of judging between players in each area of their game, broadly categorised into physical, skills and mental.

However, instead of comparing two players, we’ve used the vast data at Futhead to find out the winner for all 29 categories across the whole Premier League, so check out the victors below:

In Game: Physical

Acceleration: Adama Traore (97)

Agility: Ryan Fraser (95)

Balance: Ryan Fraser (96)

Jumping: Shane Long (93)

Reactions: N’Golo Kante (93)

Sprint speed: Adama Traore and Leroy Sane (96)

Stamina: N’Golo Kante (97)

Strength: Wesley (95) 

Very, very interesting. It’s perhaps no surprise to see that Traore is the fastest overall, Wesley is the henchest and that Kante has the best engine, but we didn’t think Fraser was that deft last season.

Long is also a surprising shout when it comes to jumping when you compare him to the likes of Van Dijk, Olivier Giroud and Michail Antonio.

In Game: Skill

Ball control: David Silva and Bernardo Silva (92)

Crossing: Kevin De Bruyne (93)

Curve: James Ward-Prowse (91)

Dribbling: Bernardo Silva (92)

Finishing: Harry Kane (94)

Free kick: James Ward-Prowse (89)

Heading: Olivier Giroud (91)

Long passing: Kevin De Bruyne (91) 

Long shots: Kevin De Bruyne and Heung-min Son (90)

Defensive awareness: Virgil van Dijk (91)

Penalties: Fabinho, Sebastian Haller and Luka Milivojevic (91)

Short passing: Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva (92) 

Shot power: Kevin De Bruyne (91)

Sliding tackle: Aymeric Laporte and Jan Vertonghen (88)

Standing tackle: Virgil van Dijk (92)

Volleys: Bruno Fernandes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (86)

Ok, there’s a lot to unpack here. You see the name ‘De Bruyne’ pop up left, right and centre in this category with FIFA essentially arguing that he’s the most well-rounded player in the Premier League.

It’s good to see Van Dijk winning in some key defensive areas, Ward-Prowse is rewarded for his free-kick brilliance and Milivojevic doesn’t have it all to himself in the penalty-taking category.

But perhaps the most controversial choice is Kane as the deadliest finisher in the league, a title which most fans, we like to think, would actually bestow upon Aguero.

In Game: Mental

Aggression: Sead Kolasinac (93)

Interceptions: N’Golo Kante (92)

Positioning: Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane (93)

Vision: Kevin De Bruyne (94)

Composure: David Silva (92)

This is a really wide-ranging group of attributes, so it’s no surprise that nobody wins in more than one category and it’s pretty hard to argue with the herculean Kolasinac winning in the aggression section.

De Bruyne and Silva are also deserving victors in the ‘footballing brain’ categories and who is better than Kante when it comes to interceptions?

FIFA’s opinion on the Premier League

The biggest winners seem to be De Bruyne, Van Dijk, Kante and Silva then.

We’re inclined to think that De Bruyne is deserving of the PFA award this season anyway, so it’s reassuring to see that the boffins at EA Sports are so fond of his many key attributes for City.

It is, after all, interesting to note that neither Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino earn themselves a victory and that Aguero simply makes a passing appearance late on.

But hey, these are just broad statistics – what changes would you make? Or can we expect some late season drama to mix things up? Let’s hope so… and sooner rather than later if it’s safe to do so.

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