Yes ladies and gentleman it is your favourite time of the year once again, the Premier League positional top 5! So popular last year that the crowds have been eagerly anticipating for many months. To those of you who are new to the phenomenon it’s pretty simple really, it is a list of the top 5 players at each position in the Premier League, essentially this is the list of the elite players.
Really tight between the top two who along with Manuel Neuer I believe to be the three best goalkeepers in the world, gave the edge to De Gea due to his experience in the league. The Premier League is packed full of excellent goalkeepers.
There are a number of good right backs in the Premier League with some decent players being left off the list. Plumped for Zabaleta over Ivanovic or Coleman due to his better all round game and reliability.
Baines is almost best left back by default year in year out but Luis has given some competition this year. The other three are all 22 or under so there’s a bright future ahead in that regards.
There is a distinct lack of quality centre backs in the Premier League. If before I started writing this you would have told me that John Terry would have made it into the list, I would have told you to stop trying to get yourself on the list and to keep it in your pants.
This is a hard category to fill out for many reasons, firstly because there is a surprising amount of good right midfielders/wingers in the league but more so because of the five players I named are any of them out and out wingers? The answer is no, they all sort of play on the right but more off the front and sometimes on the left as well, the curse of the 4-2-3-1. The irony of course being that the man who takes the number one position plays in a team which doesn’t utilise a right midfielder/winger.
Left midfield/wing is similar to the right with many of the players playing across the front which naturally makes the choices harder as who is really a left winger? Anyway this is what I ended up with and oddly enough Chelsea have three players in the list which doesn’t seem right but…oh well…
I don’t think the quality of holding midfielders in the league is particularly high, there are good players but not a huge amount of depth, which in theory should make for more exciting games.
The top three are all high end players and there isn’t much between them, beyond that it is harder because the quality of central midfielders isn’t particularly high in the league, not that Herrera or Henderson are bad players, they just aren’t on the level of the top three.
There are a number of high quality attacking midfielders in the Premier League, which explains why a number of good players have been left off the top 5. Why is Ozil in the top 5? I’m not too sure, probably because he is still living off his name because it certainly isn’t from his play last season; he scraped in like you wouldn’t believe.
Wow, what a group of strikers that is. It is really hard to split these five up but I felt that the top three have a slight edge over Rooney and Costa. Aguero comes out on top because he had a better season than RVP last year and Falcao comes third because he hasn’t played in the league yet, the same reason Rooney is above Costa. Oddly enough the top three all have injury problems which saw them having inconsistent seasons last year.
Overall there are 13 Chelsea players, 10 Utd players, 7 Arsenal players, 6 City players, 4 Spurs players, 3 Liverpool players, 3 Everton players, 3 Southampton players and 1 Stoke player.
Based on those figures you can see why everyone is tipping Chelsea to win the league, they are heavily stacked in top talent. You would also be right in being surprised that Man Utd had ten players on the list, showing that the team has massively underachieved the last year or so. I wouldn’t say that the other numbers are particularly shocking, although I would have expected City’s numbers to be higher.
One of the biggest issues I had with making this list was when the picks for the wingers were being made I kept thinking ‘is this guy really a winger?’ or ‘which side would I say he is more prominent on?’, which turned it into a right bitch which I’m sure will have upset many people and the comments will flood (or dribble) in all ‘rabble rabble rabble!!!’ and I’ll be like ‘dayum!’
There are only 9 English players in this list which is a pretty big indictment of how good England currently are and the quality of players they are producing. In comparison there are 8 Spaniards, 6 Belgians, 4 Brazilians and oddly enough 3 Welsh; if you consider that these nations have players playing across Europe’s top leagues (ok, maybe not Wales) the situation becomes even more stark for England, because their players only play in England. Only one English player managed to come out on top of his position, which means that not only are they struggling for depth they are also struggling for top quality.
Premier League Best 11
GK—David De Gea
RM—Angel Di Maria
If you’re counting that’s 4 City players, 2 Chelsea players, 2 Arsenal players, 2 Utd players and 1 Everton player. Meaning that 4/6 City players who made their respective positional top 5 were top of that list, which is pretty impressive.
For fun here’s a bench:
Subs—Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Yaya Toure & Robin Van Persie
So there you have it, the Premier League positional Top 5! What do you think? Do you love it? Are you holding back the tears because you couldn’t have written a better list? Or more likely do you think that I’ve been too much of a homer and that ‘Liverpuol are the best!!! YNWA!!!’? Well leave a comment and I’ll almost certainly reply, even if you just want to tell me how much I suck. You can find more of my lovely work by checking out the bm23reviews Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can like, follow and share with your friends till your hearts content!