Premier League Positional Top 5 2018

It’s that time of year again, where we find out the who’s who of the Premier League! The positional top 5 is the list that separates your solid pros from your spectaculars and really shines a light on those who do the football well.

Goalkeeper

  1. David De Gea (Man Utd)

  2. Hugo Lloris (Spurs)

  3. Rui Patricio (Wolves)

  4. Ederson (Man City)

  5. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)

De Gea is the clear winner in this category as he continues his dominance at the top of the goalkeeping charts. Not only the best keeper in the league, he’s also the best in the world.

Right Back

  1. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

  2. Kieran Trippier (Spurs)

  3. Kyle Walker (Man City)

  4. Cedric Soares (Southampton)

  5. Seamus Coleman (Everton)

Azpilicueta doesn’t really play right back for Chelsea but he is an actual right back. Without him I think the quality of full backs in the league would be lacking a real standout as everyone else is much of a muchness.

Left Back

  1. Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

  2. Benjamin Mendy (Man City)

  3. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

  4. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

  5. Ben Davies (Spurs)

Quite the rise for Andy Robertson, going from a ‘why did they sign him’ to being ranked the best left back in the league. Not the best defensive player you’ll ever see, however what he offers going forward is great and his delivery is the best from a full back in the Premier League.

Centre Back

  1. Toby Alderweireld (Spurs)

  2. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

  3. Jan Vertonghen (Spurs)

  4. Aymeric Laporte (Man City)

  5. Phil Jones (Man Utd)

Alderweireld has been the class of Premier League centre backs for quite a while now. He’s everything you’d want in a centre back; smart, leader, positioning, physical and good in the air; the entire package.

Right Midfield

  1. Mo Salah (Liverpool)

  2. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

  3. Alexis Sanchez (Man Utd)

  4. Raheem Sterling (Man City)

  5. Riyad Mahrez (Man City)

Clear winner here, you don’t go scoring 30+ in a league season from the wing and then not get named the best player of your position.

Left Midfield

  1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

  2. Leroy Sane (Man City)

  3. Wilfried Zaha (Palace)

  4. Heung Min Son (Spurs)

  5. Richarlison (Everton)

Another clear winner in the left midfield category as Eden Hazard reigns supreme once again.

Defensive Midfield

  1. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
  2. Nemanja Matic (Man Utd)

  3. Jorginho (Chelsea)

  4. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester)

  5. Idrissa Gueye (Everton)

I feel that Kante is a blatantly over rated player, however there is no doubting that he is a highly talented player, I think it’s more that people need to stop with the “as good as two players” pish.

Central Midfield

  1. David Silva (Man City)

  2. Paul Pogba (Man Utd)

  3. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)

  4. Fred (Man Utd)

  5. Naby Keita (Liverpool)

Tough choice between the top two, however I’ve went for Silva because ultimately he’s more consistent than Pogba and currently has the better end product.

Attacking Midfield

  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

  2. Christian Eriksen (Spurs)

  3. Dele Alli (Spurs)

  4. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton)

  5. Jesse Lingard (Man Utd)

The top two are both fantastic players, but it has to be De Bruyne for me who is a truly special talent. His passing is out of this world and his vision is up there with the best in the world, plus a tendency to show up in big moments make him one of the league’s best players.

Striker

  1. Harry Kane (Spurs)

  2. Sergio Aguero (Man City)

  3. Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd)

  4. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

  5. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

In my opinion Harry Kane is the best player in the league, so it’s likely that he is also the best striker in the league. He’s only had four full seasons and he’s already scored over 100 goals, scoring more with every season. A truly special talent.

Overall

Overall that’s 10 City, 9 Spurs, 8 Utd, 6 Chelsea, 6 Liverpool, 4 Everton, 2 Leicester, 2 Southampton, 1 Palace, 1 Arsenal & 1 Wolves player.

The list is unsurprisingly dominated by the five big teams, which I think points to the lopsidedness of the current Premier League, where there is very little overall quality outside of the big boys.

If you’re interested there were 8 English, 5 Belgian, 5 French, 4 Spanish, 4 Brazilian, 2 Portuguese, 2 Danish, 2 Senegal, 1 Chilean, 1 Algerian, 1 German, 1 Ivorian, 1 Korean, 1 Serbian, 1 Italian, 1 Nigerian, 1 Croatian, 1 Guinean, 1 Icelandic, 1 Argentinian, 1 Gabonian, 1 Dutch, 1 Egyptian, 1 Scottish, 1 Welsh & 1 Irish.

Premier League Best 11

GK- David De Gea

RB- Cesar Azpilicueta

CB- Toby Alderweireld

CB- Virgil Van Dijk

LB- Andy Robertson

RM- Mo Salah

LM- Eden Hazard

DM- N’Golo Kante

CM- David Silva

AM- Kevin De Bruyne

ST- Harry Kane

That’s 3 Chelsea, 3 Liverpool, 2 City, 2 Spurs & 1 Utd players.

Here’s the bench!

Subs- Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Leroy Sane, Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen, Sergio Aguero & Benjamin Mendy.

Another year and another fantastic addition to the annuls of the Premier League positional top 5! Leave a comment and tell me all the positives things you loved about the post. Do you think I’ve got it spot on and I may well be Jesus in disguise? Or do you think I’ve taken too many shots to the head and need to lay off the sugar? Well leave a comment and share those pesky thoughts!

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