It’s that time of the year again when the best player in the best league in the world is announced. The exciting battle at the top of the table for the title between Manchester City and Liverpool is nail biting but it doesn’t even match outright madness going on in the battle to finish 3rd and 4th as four teams have swapped positions over the past few months with none of them seemingly willing to take the initiative. As a result there have been a lot of outstanding players and the Professional Footballers Association has come out with a list of six of the very best who now stand a chance to be crowned the best of the best.
As expected, the title contenders contributed majority of the nominees thanks to their consistently dominant performances throughout the season. The nominees are: SERGIO AGUERO (Man City), VIRGIL VAN DIJK (Liverpool), RAHEEM STERLING (Man City), SADIO MANE (Liverpool) EDEN HAZARD (Chelsea) and BERNARDO SILVA (Man City). These are all outstanding players who have sparkled and dazzled with their performances this season. However, there can only be one winner and each nominee would be discussed briefly here.
One of the most criminally underrated players in world football, Aguero has been the best striker in the league since he set foot in England. He scored the goal that won the league for Man City in his first year with the team with the last kick of the season to instantly secure legendary status and he has only gone on to establish himself as arguably the best striker in EPL history. It’s a shame that he only made his first team of season last year but he is sure to make another this season after another stellar year which has seen him lead the line admirably for Man City as they aim to win back to back league titles under Pep. He is currently the top scorer with 19 goals and chipping in with 8 assists is definitely impressive for a striker. His hat tricks against Arsenal and Chelsea in the space of a week were electrifying reminders of the fact that Argentine is one of the most devastating attacking forces in football.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK.
The world’s most expensive defender has proven to be worth every single penny of the £75 million Liverpool paid for him. Fast, strong in the air, agile, good passer of the ball, excellent reader of the game. There’s nothing you want from a centre back that VVD can’t offer you. He literally transformed the Liverpool defense from an average unit to one of the best in the world. This season, Liverpool have the best defensive record and the most clean sheets in the league, a large part of which is down to the fact that their Dutch colossus has hardly put a foot wrong. Perhaps the most amazing statistic is that he hasn’t been dribbled past this season in all competitions despite the fact that he plays alongside either Lovren or Matip.
In a supremely talented and stacked City side, Sterling has managed to make himself the most indispensable member of their All Star attack. He’s a favorite of the coach no doubt but his consistent performances over the last two seasons have seen his status change from promising young player to world class talent. He has scored 17 goals and dished out 9 assists for City’s swashbuckling side, just 1 and 2 less than his totals from last season. He has also championed the fight against racism in football admirably this season.
One-third of Liverpool’s electric front three, the Senegalese speedster has taken his game to another level this season. He has already smashed his record for goals in a season and although his assist total has regressed massively, his improved level of consistency has inspired Liverpool’s bid for a first Premier League title. While Firmino’s performances this season haven’t matched his previous high standard and Salah’s goal scoring performances has reduced (understandably) when compared to his previous season which turned to be a record breaking one, Mane’s goals have consistently rescued Liverpool from tight games and invigorate Liverpool’s title challenge.
The best player in the league has dazzled spectacularly this season for a Chelsea side that has struggled to adapt to Maurizio Sarri’s style of play. He leads the league in assists with 13 and chances created for a side that has struggled to score goals. He has maintained his stellar dribbling ability and again leads that league in that category. His 16 goals are just 3 off the leading goal scorers and that means that he’s been in involved in the most goals in the league and almost 50% of Chelsea’s total league goals. His inspiring performances have kept Chelsea in the Top 4 race and he is as good as gone this summer to long time suitors, Real Madrid. It’s such a shame that he probably wouldn’t win it due to his team’s performances.
The diminutive Portuguese has snuck into Pep Guardiola’s plans in outstanding fashion. It takes a lot to keep either of Leroy Sane or David Silva out of a team but Bernardo has managed to do that with his industry and tireless displays that have seen him play from both midfield and attack. There are few better dribblers in world football right now and his 14 goal contributions to a City side brimming with insane attacking talent is impressive.
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