Ranked! The 101 best players in the Premier League right now: full list revealed
60. Sebastien Haller (West Ham)
Did Real Madrid sign the wrong Frankfurt front man? While Luka Jovic is struggling to fit in at the Bernabeu, his former Eagles colleague Haller is settling into Premier League life with West Ham nicely. The Frenchman has scored at a promising rate for the Hammers, including an improvised bicycle kick at Watford.
Rangy, strong, mobile and unselfish, Haller is the perfect man to lead the line for Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season. It looks like West Ham have finally broken the curse that stopped them from signing decent strikers for over a decade.
59. Fabian Schar (Newcastle)
The Toon Army absolutely love Schar – quite understandably. In what has been a bleak few seasons for the Magpies, the Switzerland international’s assured performances have offered regular reason for cheer in the north-east.
Schar put in six (official) man-of-the-match performances for Newcastle last season: more than Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Erick Aubameyang and even PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk. He was a huge reason his side only leaked 48 goals – the joint-7th-best record in the league.
58. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester)
It’s easy to forget that Ndidi is only 22. The Nigerian is closing in on 200 club appearances – four of which came in the Champions League for Leicester, when he was terrific in their knockout matches against Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.
Ndidi’s ball winning has earned him widespread admiration: he led the league for tackles and was also in the top three for interceptions in 2018/19. If the young midfielder can improve his ball retention under Brendan Rodgers, the Foxes might just be batting off higher interest for him.
57. Jorginho (Chelsea)
A scapegoat for Chelsea’s perceived failings last year, but in reality Jorginho is one of the best possession-oriented midfielders in the Premier League. Adept at dribbling his way out of trouble and blessed with sublime vision, the Italy international perhaps didn’t get to show off his full talents under Maurizio Sarri.
New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is another big Jorginho fan, though, and has lavished praise on his midfielder. “He can change a game, lead a game, own a game from midfield areas,” said the Blues chief. “He’s just a fantastic sportsman who cares deeply.” Aww.
56. Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Alli has never quite reached the lofty heights he soared to in the 2016/17 season. Since that breakout year, when he scored 18 Premier League goals, the Englishman’s numbers have decreased thanks to injury – but he remains a vital player for Mauricio Pochettino.
Tanguy Ndombele’s signing should help Alli return to his former form, providing the 23-year-old with extra defensive cover and allowing him to focus his efforts on the final third.
55. Joel Matip (Liverpool)
This time last year, Matip was barely getting a sniff in Liverpool’s first team. Twelve months on, just try dropping him. Having taken advantage of Dejan Lovren’s patchy form and a long-term injury to Joe Gomez, the 28-year-old has been immovable ever since.
The Cameroon international is now a Champions League winner, and the dependable ally of a seemingly unflappable Virgil van Dijk. "Not a lot of people spoke about the impact Joel had in the last third of the season," Jurgen Klopp said in the summer, when answering a question about Van Dijk. That’s now changing.
54. Nathan Aké (Bournemouth)
Incredibly, Aké hasn’t missed a single Premier League game since joining Bourenmouth permanently in the summer of 2017. The Dutchman collected both the fans’ and players’ player-of-the-season awards in his maiden campaign, rewarding a string of terrific performances under Eddie Howe.
Aké’s all-round defensive capabilities are complemented by his silky ball work, owing to his previous experiences of playing in central midfield. Chelsea made sure to include a buy-back clause in the negotiations that led to the Dutchman heading south, and you wouldn’t be surprised if they triggered it post-transfer ban. Aged 24, he’s exactly the kind of player Frank Lampard would want at Stamford Bridge.
53. Ashley Barnes (Burnley)
It’s about time Barnes got the respect that he deserves. Now in his fifth Premier League season, the striker has performed the difficult task of leading the line for a direct Burnley side – and seemingly improved year on year.
Unselfish, hard-working and technically excellent, the 29-year-old has also showcased his penchant for the spectacular – as both West Brom and West Ham found out in 2018.
Barnes scored 12 goals for the Clarets last season and has made a strong start to his 2019/20 campaign. His England opportunity has probably passed now, but the fact he’s in the conversation shows how far he’s come.
52. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Jesus had an eventful summer, making up for what was an underwhelming club campaign. The 22-year-old played his part for Brazil as they won the Copa America for the first time since 2007, scoring two goals en route to the title. One of those came in the final – where he was also sent off.
Jesus will be desperate for a similar level of success at the Etihad Stadium this campaign, but needs more playing time. He’s among the league’s finest finishers but only managed eight starts in 2018/19, and Sergio Aguero’s place in the side looks as safe as ever. You don’t envy the Brazilian.
51. Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s start to 2019/20 was characterised by dodgy defending, but Frank Lampard knew life would become easier once Rudiger returned from injury. The German only missed five games last season, and was arguably the Blues’ standout player behind a Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard.
Rudiger was forced off 45 minutes into his return against Wolves as Chelsea ran riot at Molineux, but should be back soon to improve Lampard’s developing side.
50. Victor Lindelof (Manchester United)
After arriving at Manchester United to much fanfare in the summer of 2017, Lindelof endured a torrid first season at Old Trafford. Two high-profile errors in an away loss to Huddersfield epitomised his woes, and some doubted whether the Swede would ever recover.
But nobody worries about that any more. Two seasons on, Lindelof has established himself as a reliable figure at the heart of United’s backline, and forged a promising early-season partnership with Harry Maguire this season.
49. Ben Chilwell (Leicester)
Having properly broken into Leicester’s first team from their academy in the 2016/17 season, Chilwell has since developed rapidly into one of the Premier League’s most exciting full-backs. He’s most impressive in an attacking sense, but has improved the defensive side of his game to make him a viable contender at international level too.
Aged 22, Chilwell looks most likely to establish himself as Gareth Southgate’s long-term first choice at left-back. Frankly, his short-term prospects are looking good too.
48. Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Fernandinho may be 34, but his importance to Manchester City was displayed in full last campaign when the Brazilian’s two-game absence over Christmas coincided with two of his team’s four defeats that season.
Pep Guardiola knew he needed a long-term replacement and duly spent £63m on Rodri, the 23-year-old Spaniard who has since taken Fernandinho’s starting spot at the Etihad. Rest assured, though: the experienced Brazilian would improve every other side in the Premier League right now.
47. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
Tottenham skipper Lloris has remained between the sticks in north London for a seventh consecutive season.
France’s World Cup winner is among the Premier League’s finest shot-stoppers, and though his kicking has always been used as a stick to beat him with, the 32-year-old is more often than not a reliable goalkeeper Spurs proudly count as one of their own.
46. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal)
Ceballos was crowned an Arsenal hero after his star performance against Burnley in the opening month of the campaign, sending Gunners delirious with an outrageous piece of skill that took him away from three Clarets midfielders.
But perhaps it was a tad premature. The 23-year-old Real Madrid loanee hasn’t managed to sustain those high levels since, and Unai Emery will be counting on his compatriot to grow into the season and show off his unquestionable quality. Ceballos is clearly an excellent signing, but being a flat-track bully all year won’t wash.
45. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester)
On pure ability, Mahrez is much higher on this list. In reality, he’s still struggling to assert himself in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City first team.
The Algerian started 14 matches as City romped to another Premier League title, contributing seven goals and four assists after his long-awaited and deserved transfer from Leicester. It’s just a shame he doesn’t get to show off his talents more often.
44. Ricardo Pereira (Leicester)
Ricardo is the archetypal modern full-back: a constant attacking threat down the right who has also improved his defensive discipline since arriving in the East Midlands in summer 2018. The Portugal international made the fourth-most tackles in the Premier League last season, and added six assists for good measure.
With that, Ricardo snagged the Foxes’ player-of-the-year award and should now continue to thrive in Brendan Rodgers’ more attack-minded tactical system. Another strong campaign might turn last summer’s reported interest from Juventus into something more serious.
43. Richarlison (Everton)
Richarlison made a remarkable start in English football at Watford during the 2017/18 season, and his former manager Marco Silva had no hesitation in encouraging Everton to shell out a hefty fee that could rise to £50m one year later.
The 22-year-old Brazilian has since adapted his game from wide man to target man, and netted 13 goals in his debut campaign at Goodison Park. Richarlison can also now add international glory onto his list of accomplishments, having tasted Copa America success in the summer for Brazil. He even scored in the final.
42. Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham)
The signing that Tottenham fans were crying out for. Daniel Levy duly obliged by smashing Spurs’ transfer record to sign the former Lyon midfielder, who looks a ready-made replacement for January departure Mousa Dembele.
The 21-year-old introduced himself to Tottenham fans with a goal and assist from his opening two games of the season, before an early injury halted his promising start. Expect the France international to rise quickly on this list if he can replicate his fine 2018/19 season under Mauricio Pochettino.
41. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
Signed as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper for a whopping £72m last summer, Chelsea’s No.1 has gone some way to demonstrating why the Blues were willing to part with such a mammoth transfer fee. The Spaniard kept 14 clean sheets in the Premier League last season, and also made pivotal saves in the EFL Cup and Europa League semi-final penalty shootout wins against Tottenham and Frankfurt respectively.
He’s still best known for his fall-out with Maurizio Sarri in the League Cup final defeat to Manchester City, however, after refusing to be substituted when he was suffering from cramp.