De Bruyne, Salah, Van Dijk: The Premier League’s top 25 players this season

  • Rob Swan

That’s it. It’s finally all over. The 2019-20 Premier League season has reached its conclusion after 11 long months.

Liverpool were English football’s best team by a distance and thoroughly deserved to lift the Premier League trophy.

Jordan Henderson was named the Football Writers’ Association’s Football of the Year earlier this week – but does the Liverpool captain make the top 25 players of the season based on statistics?

Using’s data, let’s take a closer look at which players make the top 25 based on their average ratings.

Remember, this is purely based on stats. Opinion counts for nothing here.

25. Richarlison | Everton (Rating: 7:19)

Everton’s star man this season ended the campaign with 13 goals and three assists. 


24: Aaron Wan-Bissaka | Manchester United (Rating: 7.20)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been defensively solid for most of the season during his debut campaign at Old Trafford. At the opposite end of the pitch, he provided four league assists.


23. Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool (Rating: 7.20)

It’s hard to believe Liverpool’s exceptional right-back is only 21. It’s scary to think how good he’ll be in a few years’ time.

Alexander-Arnold provided four goals and a hugely-impressive 13 assists this season.


22. Jamie Vardy | Leicester City (Rating: 7.22)

This season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner, Vardy has enjoyed another excellent campaign with the Foxes.

Twenty-three goals and five assists is a superb return from the 33-year-old, who seems to be getting and better with age.

21. Jack Grealish | Aston Villa (Rating: 7.23)

Aston Villa would have been relegated this season if it wasn’t for their talented captain. Will he be moving on this summer?


20. Wilfred Ndidi | Leicester City (Rating: 7.23)

Leicester City’s defensive midfielder jumped up several places on the final day of the season to finish inside the top 20.


19. Son Heung-min | Tottenham (Rating: 7.24)

Double figures for goals and assists for Son this season (11 goals, 10 assists), the South Korean forward is worth his weight in gold for Spurs.


18. Raul Jimenez | Wolves (Rating: 7.25)

What a centre-forward. It would be a shock if Europe’s top clubs aren’t sniffing around the Mexican this summer.

Jimenez ends the season with an impressive 17 goals and six assists to his name.


17. Gabriel Jesus | Manchester City (Rating: 7.26)

Fourteen goals and seven assists from just 21 starts is pretty good going from Man City’s 23-year-old Brazilian forward.


16. David Silva | Manchester City (Rating: 7.29)

David Silva has now played his final Premier League match for Manchester City. What an incredible midfielder he’s been over the past 10 years.

The Spaniard provided 10 assists and bagged six goals this term.

15. Allan Saint-Maximin | Newcastle United (Rating: 7.29)

The Newcastle winger has enjoyed an excellent debut season in the Premier League, even though his goal contribution stats aren’t the most eye-catching.

The Frenchman will be looking to improve on his tally of three goals and four assists next term.


14. Michail Antonio | West Ham (Rating: 7.29)

Michail Antonio’s performances in recent weeks have led West Ham away from the Premier League’s relegation zone.

The 30-year-old scored eight goals after the restart, including all four in a 4-0 victory over Norwich City.


13. Willian | Chelsea (Rating: 7.31)

The Brazilian has been a fantastic servant for Chelsea over the past seven years and could leave Stamford Bridge this summer, according to various reports.

With nine goals and seven assists in the league this season, the Blues will miss him if he does depart.


12. Anthony Martial | Manchester United (Rating: 7.31)

Anthony Martial’s most productive Premier League season yet, the Man Utd forward ends the season with 17 goals and six assists.


11. Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool (Rating: 7.31)

Although we’ve seen the odd uncharacteristic mistake from Virgil van Dijk in recent weeks, Liverpool’s talismanic Dutchman is still the world’s best centre-back.

As well as producing countless solid performances at the heart of the Reds’ defence, the 29-year-old has also chipped in with five league goals this season.


10. Harry Kane | Tottenham (Rating: 7.33)

Harry Kane will be slightly disappointed with his tally of 18 goals – an average return by his lofty standards – but he did only make 29 league appearances this term.


9. James Maddison | Leicester City (Rating: 7.34)

The Leicester City playmaker was superb during the opening months of the 2019-20 season and ends the campaign with six goals and three assists.


8. Raheem Sterling | Manchester City (Rating: 7.35)

Raheem Sterling was magnificent during the first half of the season but wasn’t quite as effective during the final few months.

The 25-year-old scored an impressive 20 goals but only provided one assist, which is a little surprising.


7. Marcus Rashford | Manchester United (Rating: 7.35)

Man Utd’s No. 10 is fulfilling his huge potential and will only get better over the next couple of years.

Seventeen goals and seven assists is an excellent return from the 22-year-old.


6. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool (Rating: 7.40)

Salah was unable to win a third consecutive Golden Boot award, but Liverpool’s brilliant Egyptian still finishes the season with a hugely respectable 19 goals and 10 assists.


5. Sadio Mane | Liverpool (Rating: 7.45)

Another of this season’s star performers, Liverpool winger Sadio Mane scored 18 goals and set up another seven for his teammates this term.


4. Riyad Mahrez | Manchester City (Rating: 7.47)

Mahrez doesn’t always start for Man City, but the Algerian winger is usually productive whenever he’s called upon.

Eleven goals and nine assists is impressive for a player who’s only started 21 games.


3. Adama Traore | Wolves (Rating: 7.49)

Wolves’ lightning-quick winger is now much more consistent and effective in the final third of the pitch. That he sits second on this list is testament to how much the 24-year-old has improved over the past couple of years.

With four goals and nine assists to his name this term, Wolves may have a job on their hands to keep hold of him.


2. Ricardo Pereira | Leicester City (Rating: 7.50)

The Premier League’s best right-back this season ahead of Alexander-Arnold? The statistics suggest that’s the case.

The Portuguese defender’s goals and assists stats aren’t as impressive as his Liverpool counterpart’s, mind. Pereira finishes the campaign with three goals and two assists.


1. Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City (Rating: 7.97)

But in first place – and by some considerable distance – it is, of course, Man City’s brilliant Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

With an incredible 13 goals and 20 assists this season, De Bruyne has been this season’s standout Premier League player, according to the stats.

Well played, Kevin!

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