With another Premier League season done and dusted Khel Now picks the best player from each of the top flight’s 20 teams…
The English Premier League season ended recently and it was another stunning season of enthralling football being played across the country. The league kept its reputation of being the most competitive league in the world, with many teams fighting for better spots until the final matchday.Chelsea proved to be just too good in the end, asserting themselves as the best team in England with another dominant title win under Antonio Conte.
There were many teams who profited off some valuable players this season, but each team had a specific player who stood out from the rest and this particular player was also vital to their success, however little or big it was. Although one can debate about which player stood out for their team, these players had amazing seasons for their sides and deservedly get their honors.
So Let’s have a look at the best player from every team in the English Premier League this season.
20. Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)
Sunderland’s ship finally sank this season, but a shining light rose in Jordan Pickford in their abysmal season. Pickford was there time and again to save the club from utter humiliation, making an amazing 135 saves and keeping 4 clean sheets. Despite the club’s demise into relegation, Pickford’s brilliant showing has made sure he’ll be picked up by a better club next season.
19. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough)
Gibson was a rock at the back for Boro
Ben Gibson was probably the only promising thing to come out of Middlesbrough this season, with the Smoggie headed back to the championship next season. Gibson was their best defender by far and got them 11 clean sheets in the awful season. His dominant playing style has caught the eye of clubs including Arsenal.
18. Sam Clucas (Hull City)
Hull City had a sad demise to relegation this season but produced a superb player in Sam Clucas. The young midfielder was the prime chance creator for the Tigers, being the most promising player of their midfield despite not scoring much. Clucas has definitely attracted attention with his stunning work for Hull and his hard-work will definitely not be forgotten.
17. Gylfi Sigurdsson(Swansea City)
Sigurdsson was Swansea’s savior once again!
Swansea City barely survived relegation this season and they have to thank Gylfi Sigurdsson for it. The terrific midfielder was at it again for the Swans this season, scoring 9 goals and assisting 13 and helping them to many crucial victories.
16. Troy Deeney (Watford)
Troy Deeney lead from the front yet again in Watford’s disappointing season under Walter Mazzarri. Deeney scored 10 goals and assisted 4 in yet another season where the club comnsolidated their top flight status, where he led from the front in every move and ended up yet again as their best player.
15. Michael Keane (Burnley)
Keane turned out to be a revelation for Burnley
Michael Keane was vital to Burnley’s amazing defensive record which kept them strongly in the Premier League this season. Keane had one of the best defensive stats in the league with a 86% tackle success and 63 interceptions and was vital to Burnley having an amazing 10 clean sheets and keeping their place in next season’s Premier League.
14. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
Stoke City had the type of season they normally have, flattering to deceive for the most part. Despite that, Marko Arnautovic proved to be their magician as he produced some moments of real brilliance this season where he scored 6 goals and provided 5 assists. He proved his caliber with another entertaining season, tricking many defenders and providing much joy to the supporters.
13. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Zaha dazzled us all with his trickery
Crystal Palace needed a hero to turn around their season and got exactly that in Wilfried Zaha this season. Zaha had a breakthrough season for Palace, scoring 7 goals and 9 assists. He tricked his way past many defenders and provided much joy to Palace fans with his magical work, proving why he was rated so highly at one point.
12. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United)
West Ham United didn’t have the best of seasons after Dimitri Payet left in January, but they were kept afloat by the amazing work from Manuel Lanzini this season. He filled Payet’s shoes brilliantly, scoring 8 goals this season and was the prime creator for the Hammers and will be on everyone’s radar after having a terrific season with West Ham.
11. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City)
Fuchs was consistently excellent for the Foxes
Christian Fuchs was probably the best and only consistent player in the disappointing Leicester City team this season. Despite almost every player faltering, Fuchs continued to be extremely solid for them, helping them to 8 clean sheets as well as having a stellar defensive record himself.
10. Joshua King (Bournemouth)
Bournemouth turned out to be the surprise package of the season and that’s because of their amazing forward Joshua King. King scored an incredible 16 goals for the Cherries this season, having been on target whenever they needed him to be. King’s impressive performances resulted in Bournemouth’s superb season, with the forward now gaining an impressive reputation because of his stunning finishing.
9. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion)
Brunt was reliable as ever for West Brom
West Bromwich Albion had an impressive season by finishing in the top half of the table and have to thank Chris Brunt’s brilliance for it. Brunt played most of the season in defense, having been forced to shift in at left-back but continued to be an anchor for them. He influenced them to get the results by putting in amazing performances week in week out.
8. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)
Virgil van Dijk proved himself to be one of the best defenders in the Premier League with an amazing season with Southampton this time. He ushered them to 7 clean sheets in 21 appearances, also having one of the best defensive stats in the league with 77% tackle success, 143 clearances and 98 aerial duels won and showed why he’s rated among the league’s best defenders.
7. Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Lukaku was on fire this season for Everton
This was the season of Romelu Lukaku and Everton reaped all the rewards of his brilliance. Lukaku scored an amazing 24 goals for Everton, being there whenever the Toffees needed him to score and being an absolute terror for opponents. Lukaku finally fulfilled his potential with this incredible season which saw him raise his game and show how ruthless he can be at his best.
6. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Antonio Valencia had a terrific season at Manchester United, who had an extremely disappointing Premier League outing. Valencia was all over the field for the Red Devils playing at right-back as he showed incredible energy to go on darting attacking runs and also put on a stellar defensive showing for them. He ended with 12 clean sheets and a superb attacking record, finishing as United’s best player ahead of the likes of Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba.
5. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Sanchez was yet again Arsenal’s go-to man
Alexis Sanchez was the sole shining light of Arsenal’s disappointing Premier League season, showing just how good he can be. Sanchez put in his all and scored 24 goals and assisted 10 as well, having numerous moments of brilliance for the Gunners. The Chilean worked himself to the limit to make sure Arsenal gun for the top 4 and even though that wasn’t possible, his excellent contribution will never be forgotten.
4. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Manchester City had a topsy-turvy season, as they faltered after looking like they weould run away with the title at first. Despite the inconsistency in the squad, Kevin de Bruyne managed to stand out from the rest with another excellent season. de Bruyne scored 6 goals and ended the season with the highest assists in 16 and was an impeccable creative mind for City, who rode on his brilliance to finish the season strongly.
3. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Mane had a stunning debut season at Liverpool
Liverpool made a crucial acquisition last summer by signing Sadio Mane, who turned out to be the trump card for their success. Mane would blend into Merseyside spectacularly, scoring 13 goals and assisting 5 in his debut season for the club. He might’ve been injured in the last part of the season, but his incredible influence could be felt in Liverpool’s attacking game, as he dazzled everyone with his trickery.
2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Tottenham Hotspur asserted themselves as one of England’s best clubs this season and Harry Kane led from the front to make that a possibility. Kane had another impeccable goalscoring season for Spurs, scoring 29 goals for them and bagging the Golden Boot for the second season running. Kane’s impeccable contribution made Spurs’ sensational season a possibility, with the English striker continuing to show his world class goalscoring form.
1. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
N’Golo Kante has been the man who influenced Chelsea on the pitch, as he helped Antonio Conte’s side win the league with a spectacular season. Kante showed incredible energy in midfield as his stats are outstanding and the fact that he won the PFA Players Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year awards shows just how much of an impactful season he had in winning Chelsea the Premier League.