Ranking the Top 30 Players in the Premier League

30. Matt Doherty — Wolverhampton



The Dublin native may not get the publicity of other top-tier defenders in England, but Doherty can more than hold his own. Wolves allowed eight goals through the first nine games of the season, and Doherty’s presence is a big reason for that stinginess. He is versatile enough to play either right or left back.

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29. Ryan Fraser — Bournemouth



A diminutive dynamo, Fraser looks like a wind-up toy when out on the pitch for early season surprise Bournemouth. He’s only 5-feet-4, but can buzz around with the best of them. Fraser also isn’t afraid to mix it up despite his less-than-ideal size. He’s been invaluable whether it’s as a finisher or as a playmaker for the Cherries.

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28. Kieran Trippier — Tottenham



Trippier’s progression over the past few seasons has been something to behold. He’s gone from a promising domestic player to one of the defensive stalwarts for England’s national team. He enjoyed a solid showing during the Three Lions’ memorable World Cup run, and is starting to regain his energy and form for Spurs this season.

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27. Idrissa Gueye — Everton



The Senegal international has blossomed into one of the finest defensive midfielders and tacklers in the world. He patrols the middle of the field with confidence, and has been the most consistent Everton performer since joining the club in 2016-17. Gueye’s bite in the center of the park has Everton primed for a potential Europa League run.

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26. David De Gea — Manchester United



In terms of talent and experience, De Gea is one of the top keepers in the world. He probably deserves a better ranking, but United’s league struggles play a part. Then again, one can ask, would the Red Devils be in an even worse spot if not for the Spaniard? His stop of a Cristiano Ronaldo strike in a recent Champions League match was simply stellar.

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25. Alisson — Liverpool



At least early on, Alisson is making good on the hefty price (£66.8 million) the Reds made to bring him in. Liverpool’s defense is a big reason the Brazilian ranks among the best in the league when it comes to clean sheets. His instincts and confidence have also shined bright of late — as has his presence in the box.

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24. David Silva — Manchester City



The old man can still bring it. Silva is perhaps the most dependable player on the Premier League’s best team. His experience and presence alone makes him a valuable teammate that any player would be thrilled to work alongside. Deft and clever, Silva is still brilliant with the ball at his feet.

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23. N’Golo Kante — Chelsea



Whether playing for Chelsea or as a member of World Cup champion France, Kante remains one of the best in the business at controlling the middle of the field. Kante’s play seems almost effortless because of his physical talent and intelligence. He’s adept at breaking up opposing attacks — as well as cleaning up mistakes made by teammates. Kante is one of the most underappreciated players globally at the moment.

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22. Aleksandar Mitrovic — Fulham



His team might be near the bottom of the Premier League table, but Mitrovic should be mentioned when discussing the top goal scorers in the division. He ranks among the league leaders in goals, and also fared well this summer at the World Cup with Serbia.

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21. Etienne Capoue — Watford



Versatility has been a staple for Capoue — who is getting his due while Watford sets up shop in the top half of the Premier League table. He can play either as a defender or defensive midfielder, and has been the Hornets MVP thus far on the campaign.

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20. Ederson — Manchester City



Much like fellow Brazilian Alisson, Ederson has benefited from stout defensive play in front of him. However, there is no denying his talent when pressed. The 25-year-old will gamble a bit, but he’s sure-handed and not afraid to jump into the action.

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19. Harry Kane — Tottenham



Prince Harry is loved by the English faithful despite putting a lot of mileage on those legs over the last year. Kane still ranks among the Premier League scoring leaders, and is one of the best in the country. Once his batteries are recharged, the highlight reel should be filled again.

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18. Romelu Lukaku — Manchester United



He might be one of those players in Jose Mourinho’s dog house, but Lukaku remains one of the top pure scorers in the world. He showed great form on the World Cup stage for Belgium over the summer. With that said, playing for “The Special One” can be taxing on the mind of great players.

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17. Anthony Martial — Manchester United



The potential has always been there for Martial. However, effort and interest seem to plague the French forward at times. His production has increased of late in the Premier League, and it appears he’s set to remain with United long-term. At only 22, Martial’s best years are ahead of him.

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16. Paul Pogba — Manchester United



Issues with Jose Mourinho aside, Pogba is still one of the best players in the world. His unselfish play for France at the World Cup was a big reason it was the last one standing. When focused and devoted, there might not be a more talented midfielder than Pogba.

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15. Kevin De Bruyne — Manchester City



Back from injury, it’s probably too much to expect De Bruyne to immediately become the dangerous presence he’s been in recent seasons. City will work him back into form. Barring a setback, it probably won’t take long for De Bruyne to become the versatile threat he is.

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14. Aymeric Laporte — Manchester City



You know things are going well when Pep Guardiola has no trouble regularly heaping praise on someone. Laporte has become an outstanding two-way talent. Laporte also showed in City’s recent Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk that he can deliver in the final third.

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13. Benjamin Mendy — Manchester City



There’s no doubting the left-back’s talent and importance to the Man City machine. However, it’s his off-field issues and lax behavior that continues to drive manager Pep Guardiola a little batty. Mendy is back in place for now, but for how long remains to be seen.

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12. Alexandre Lacazette — Arsenal


One half of the Gunners’ potent two-man attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, perhaps the only thing holding back Lacazette from greatness is playing time. Arsenal manager Unai Emery likes to tinker with his lineup, and thus Lacazette is not a regular in the starting XI. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s an elite offensive talent.

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11. Andrew Robertson — Liverpool



Robertson’s Liverpool career got off to a rocky start last season, but time has brought confidence as the Scotland international became one of the most dependable back-end performers in the Premier League. Also a brilliant passer, Robertson might be the unsung hero for the Reds so far this season.

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10. Virgil van Dijk — Liverpool



Size, poise and brains. The 6-foot-4 centre-back is perhaps the most complete defender in the Premier League. Liverpool paid a healthy price to bring him over after a time with Southampton. Van Dijk’s physical play makes him a fan favorite — and also a reason why the Reds have become one of the top defensive teams in the top-flight of English football.

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9. Sadio Mane — Liverpool



Don’t think that a thumb injury will slow Mane down. Some pundits believe he’s a little too into himself on the pitch, and the most selfish of Liverpool’s Big 3. Perhaps this is true, but the attacking midfielder has scored at least 10 goals in each of his first four Premier League seasons.

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8. Mesut Ozil — Arsenal



When Ozil is on, he’s one of the best in the world. Beginning with the World Cup and on to the start of the Premier League campaign, Ozil struggled. However since the middle of September, he has regained most of the form that makes him one of the elite athletes in the game.

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7. Jorginho — Chelsea



The former Napoli staple has become an ironman for the Blues. Jorginho rarely leaves the pitch, and always has his proverbial engine revving at a high rate. His solid play and overall in-game decision-making making has Jorginho worthy of this spot on this list. The Italian international might be the best passer in the Premier League.

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6. Bernardo Silva — Manchester City



With De Bruyne back in the picture, Silva’s minutes will decrease some. This facet doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s one of the most elite midfielders in the Premier League. Even better, Silva understands his role on a stacked team — and excels playing within the confines of that system.

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5. Marcos Alonso — Chelsea



The offensive-minded defender recently signed to stay at Stamford Bridge until 2023. The potential seems endless for the left-back/winger, who continues to receive high praise from Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. Alonso recorded 13 goals in his first two Premier League seasons (2016-18) with Chelsea.

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4. Mohamed Salah — Liverpool



It will be hard to top Salah’s monster 50-goal season over all competitions from 2017-18. Salah is coming off a year in which he led Egypt to the World Cup, as well as Liverpool to the Champions League Final. Just last week, Salah posted two goals in a Champions League victory over Red Star Belgrade.

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3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — Arsenal



Among the Premier League leaders in goals scored, the Gabonese striker is coming into his own after getting his feet wet during an inconsistent first season in English’s top-flight. There’s no doubting Aubameyang’s talent. His desire and character are starting to round into form as well.

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2. Sergio Aguero — Manchester City



The man known as “Kun” is Manchester City’s all-time leading goal scorer. He remains the main offensive threat for the reigning Premier League champions. At age 30, Aguero has not shown any signs of slowing down. The Argentinean remains as the go-to option for perhaps the most-potent offensive club in all of Europe.

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1. Eden Hazard — Chelsea



Hazard continues to get better with age. Versatile and confident, Hazard is far removed from his underachieving season in 2015-16. He was one of the best players at this summer’s World Cup. In the process, Hazard led Belgium to a historical third-place finish. He’s among the best scorers in the league, and is still a wizard when it comes to slicing apart defenses and making plays.

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