The 2016 Premier League Positional Top 5

The transfer window may be super exciting for Jim White, however what regular people actually get excited about is the long awaited Premier League positional top 5!!!  Yes it is that time of year once again, where we find out who the best of the best is at the best of the best of the best of the best in the best of the best…best!  The elite players of the Premier League!


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  1. David De Gea (Man Utd)
  2. Hugo Lloris (Spurs)
  3. Petr Cech (Arsenal)
  4. Claudio Bravo (Man City)
  5. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)

De Gea has been the quality of the Premier League for a number of seasons now, arguably the best keeper in the world, although probably the second best.

Right Back

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  1. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
  2. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
  3. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)
  4. Seamus Coleman (Everton)
  5. Kyle Walker (Spurs)

Azpi is a great right back, who just happens to always play left back, which just goes to show you what a great play he is.

Left Back

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  1. Luke Shaw (Man Utd)
  2. Ryan Bertrand (Southmapton)
  3. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
  4. Danny Rose (Spurs)
  5. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham)

All the left backs are much of a muchness, Shaw getting the edge because he is the best rounded of the five.

Centre Back


  1. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
  2. Jan Vertonghen (Spurs)
  3. Toby Alderweireld (Spurs)
  4. Vincent Kompany (Man City)
  5. Winston Reid (West Ham)

Every so often Koscielny has an absolute howler but the rest of the time he’s a top end centre back, just beating the Spurs pair.

Right Midfield

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  1. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
  2. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)
  3. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Man Utd)
  4. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
  5. Michail Antonio (West Ham)

Plenty of quality at the right midfield/wing position, Sanchez just edging it cause he’s a super cutie.

Left Midfield

during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England.

  1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
  2. Antony Martial (Man Utd)
  3. Dimitri Payet (West Ham)
  4. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
  5. Nolito (Man City)

A number of good left sided players in the league, which combined with the right sided players, add lots of lovely width.

Defensive Midfield


  1. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
  2. Eric Dier (Spurs)
  3. Morgan Schneiderlin (Man Utd)
  4. Victor Wanyama (Spurs)
  5. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

A real lack of class at the defensive midfield position, a real struggle to pick more than two to be honest, picking five was an absolute chore.  Kante just edging out Dier.

Centre Midfield

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  1. Paul Pogba (Man Utd)
  2. Ilkay Gundogan (Man City)
  3. Mousa Dembele (Spurs)
  4. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
  5. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)

Couldn’t really be anyone other than Pogba, although I do think that Gundogan is a fantastic player, both will be great additions to the league.

Attacking Midfield

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  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
  2. Christian Eriksen (Spurs)
  3. David Silva (Man City)
  4. Dele Alli (Spurs)
  5. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

A lot of quality at attacking midfield, with the baby faced ginger taking the top spot, just pipping the baby faced blonde.


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  1. Sergio Aguero (Man City)
  2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man Utd)
  3. Harry Kane (Spurs)
  4. Diego Costa (Chelsea)
  5. Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

One of the best strikers on the planet and the best in the Premier League, Aguero reigns supreme again.


Overall there are 11 Spurs, 7 City, 7 Utd, 7 Chelsea, 7 Arsenal, 4 West Ham, 3 Liverpool, 2 Leicester, 1 Everton and 1 Southampton player.

Based off these figures you would think that Spurs would be a shoe in to win the league, however none of their eleven players actually finished top of their respective positions.  In a sense it doesn’t surprise me that Spurs are so high, as they have a good first eleven but don’t really have the best depth, whereas the four teams who came second have much better strength in depth.

If you are interested there were 11 English players in the list, which is up from last year’s poor showing of 8 players.  There are 9 Spanish players, 7 Belgians, 7 French, 2 Chilean, 2 Germans, 1 Swede, 1 Dane, 1 Czech, 1 Irish, 1 New Zealander, 1 Algerian, 1 Armenian, 1 Senegalese, 1 Kenyan, 1 Serbian and only 1 Brazilian and 1 Argentinian.

Premier League Best 11

GK—David De Gea

RB—Cesar Azpilicueta

CB—Laurent Koscielny

CB—Jan Vertonghen

LB—Luke Shaw

RM—Alexis Sanchez

LM—Eden Hazard

DM—N’Golo Kante

CM—Paul Pogba

AM—Kevin De Bruyne

ST—Sergio Aguero

That makes it 3 Utd, 3 Chelsea, 2 City, 2 Arsenal and 1 Spurs player; a nice even split for the leagues five best teams.

For fun here’s a subs bench:

Subs—Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Ilkay Gundogan, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Anthony Martial & Zlatan Ibrahimovic

So there it is, another year another Premier League positional top 5!  What did you think?  Did you love it or did you super love it!?!?  Are you looking at your screen only to find yourself standing and clapping your hands together at what an incredible piece of top 5ing this is?  Maybe you are wondering where all your teams’ players are and that next year will be your year!  Well leave a comment and share those thoughts!

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