Ranked! The 101 best players in the Premier League right now: full list revealed
40. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Rashford has a lot of pressure on him for a 21-year-old. The explosive nature of his breakout in 2016, when he scored braces on both his Europa League and Premier League debuts, set the bar high. As a result, the youngster’s performances tend to be examined with a fine-tooth comb – he’s at Manchester United, after all.
The Wythenshawe-born frontman has been shoved and shunted around United’s frontline as managers have come and gone, but last season achieved a career-best 10 goals and six assists in an otherwise-disappointing campaign for the Reds. To Rashford, it means more. “Say we lose a game; it affects me more than it should because I’m a fan,” he told the Times. “It hurts every day to see where we are now, [compared] to where we’ve been in the past. It makes me more determined to put the club back where they belong.”
39. Joao Moutinho (Wolves)
It wasn’t entirely obvious how Moutinho would fare in the Premier League. He was 31 when Wolves signed him for a paltry £5m, and despite his pedigree as Portugal’s third-highest-capped player of all time, had never played domestic football outside of his home country or France.
But fans needn’t have worried: Moutinho (now 33) was exceptional alongside his compatriot Ruben Neves, racking up eight assists for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side as they qualified for the Europa League – a competition he won with Porto in 2010/11. A joy to watch.
38. Youri Tielemans (Leicester)
Getting Tielemans on a six-month loan deal for the second half of 2018/19 was a coup for Leicester, let alone tying him down to a permanent transfer for £40m this summer. The Foxes weren't the only club interested after the Belgian had a hand in seven goals across his 13 Premier League matches at the King Power, but the 22-year-old liked what he’d seen in Brendan Rodgers’ promising side.
Tielemans is now part of an exciting young midfield alongside the likes of Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury, and Leicester’s bid to crack the top six will depend a lot on him.
37. Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
He may have lost his place in the England squad for September’s European qualifiers, but the versatile Walker remains a fine attacking right-back who helps to keep this terrific Manchester City ticking.
The 29-year-old has improved his positional sense and passing under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, but still manages to terrify opposition full-backs with his pace: a top speed of 22mph in setting up Gabriel Jesus on the opening day was faster than any recorded in the entire 2018/19 season. He’s keeping £60m new signing Joao Cancelo on the bench.
36. Raul Jimenez (Wolves)
A Mexican hotshot with a passion for lucha libre, Jimenez was a surprising revelation of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign. He’d arrived on loan off the back of an underwhelming season at Benfica (six goals in 33 games), but proved to be one of the season’s finest signings with 17 goals in all competitions.
Like Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota before him, Jimenez made an immediate impact. The 28-year-old was directly involved in 45% of his team’s goals as Wolves romped to a surprise seventh-place finish, and then grabbed six to help his side reach the Europa League group stage.
35. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Zaha was heavily linked with moves to Premier League rivals Arsenal and Everton in the summer, and even asked to leave his boyhood club, but the Ivorian didn’t get his wish.
Last season was the 26-year-old’s first 10-goal league haul as Palace avoided the drop, but his overall contributions were essential in the general absence – through injury or otherwise – of strikers at Selhurst Park. What would Roy Hodgson’s side do without him?
34. Ruben Neves (Wolves)
Opposition sides have learned the hard way that giving Neves any space on the edge of your penalty area can be fatal. It doesn’t really matter how far out he is: the Portuguese central midfielder only deals in screamers and will punish you accordingly.
The 22-year-old has scored nine goals from outside the box since joining Wolves in 2017, and Manchester United were his latest victims in August. He doesn’t get too many – Neves’s talents are grounded in pinpoint passing and those raking long balls he loves – but when he does, you’ll remember it.
33. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Who is the real Pogba? The one who plundered eight goals and assisted two more from Boxing Day to early February? Or the one who meanders around midfield being frustratingly ineffective for an underachieving Manchester United far more than expected?
The truth, as ever, is somewhere in between. The Frenchman hit top form at the perfect time to earn himself a place in the PFA Team of the Season, and ended the campaign with 13 goals and nine assists. You’d love to see him playing further forward, but a player of his undeniable talent should be doing more with what he’s got – wherever he is on the pitch.
32. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
Wilson’s start to Premier League life was miserable. In the September of his first top-flight season (2015/16), he ruptured his ACL. The striker returned, eased into life – and then crockrd the ACL on his other knee in February 2017.
But what a return it’s been since. After easing himself through 2017/18 with eight goals in 28 appearances, the 27-year-old was brilliant in 2018/19 – directly involved in around 43% of Bournemouth’s goals, having scored 14 and laid on 10 more.
Wilson made a scoring international debut for England against the USA in November 2018, and will be confident of making England’s Euro 2020 squad. He’s comfortably one of the finest all-round strikers in the Premier League these days, and kicked off the current campaign with three goals in his first five matches.
31. Rodri (Manchester City)
Rodri was a smart acquisition from Atletico Madrid by Pep Guardiola during the summer. Part of City’s struggles last season – which nearly saw them relinquish their Premier League crown to Liverpool – stemmed from a lack of alternative options to Fernandinho, but the 23-year-old Spaniard has eased concerns over a long-term successor.
City didn’t hesitate to trigger his €70m release clause, and the Spain international should soon settle to show Premier League fans what he’s capable of.
30. Georgino Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Wijnaldum was a mainstay in the Liverpool side which won the Champions League and racked up a record 97 points in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old is arguably one of the top flight’s most underrated players, surrounded by headline-hogging stars who dazzle for Jurgen Klopp’s side on a weekly basis, but it says a lot that the Holland international is virtually undroppable despite facing fierce competition from James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the Reds’ engine room.
29. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)
After a brilliant debut Premier League season for Crystal Palace in 2018/19, Wan-Bissaka earned a move to Old Trafford for a £50m transfer fee. Arguably, he’s already the second-best right-back in the Premier League – a terrific defender who tackles like a player possessed and is rarely bettered by opposition wide men.
The 21-year-old looks like a solid investment for the Red Devils, and adds to a ludicrous pool of England right-backs that currently includes Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier.
28. Lucas Digne (Everton)
Digne’s career was stagnating before he arrived at Goodison Park in 2018. Restricted to just 12 La Liga appearances for Barcelona, the Frenchman cut his losses and moved to the Premier League – where he was an instant hit with Everton fans.
Bernard’s propensity to drift inside frequently gives Digne an entire left flank to operate down. He made full use of this privilege last campaign, scoring four goals and registering four assists – a haul that could quite easily double this term. Digne’s dead-balls are often a potent weapon. The 26-year-old scored a beautiful trio of free-kicks last season, and was up to similar antics this campaign when curling one in from 30 yards against Lincoln in the EFL Cup.
27. James Maddison (Leicester)
Maddison has swiftly morphed from promising talent to midfield superstar. The 22-year-old arrived at Leicester from Norwich for £20m fresh from winning the Canaries’ player-of-the-season award, and slotted straight into the Foxes’ first team with an eye-catching debut at Old Trafford.
It’s been much of the same ever since. A supremely confident Maddison provides a young Leicester team’s creative impetus, and he carved out more chances for his team-mates than anyone else in the Premier League last term. England call-ups are yet to produce a cap, but the stylish operator seems destined to be a regular for his national team eventually.
26. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)
Despite Aldeweireld’s contract at Spurs coming to an end next summer, the Belgian is still an important figure in this Tottenham side. It’s a miracle he’s still around in north London, however, after no club triggered his £25m release clause in the summer.
Alderweireld’s partnership with countryman Jan Vertonghen remains one of the most formidable defensive duos in the Premier League, and helped Spurs leak the joint-third-fewest goals last season.
25. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s best buddy might not score quite any many goals as his Gabonese colleague, but the Frenchman is a more rounded footballer who assisted 10 goals for Arsenal last campaign while contributing 13 of his own.
The 28-year-old’s dribbling, hold-up play and finishing make Unai Emery’s side a force to be reckoned with at home and on the continent, and Lacazette will be depended upon to help his side bring Champions League football back in 2020.
24. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
He’s not fashionable for fans to love, but Liverpool captain Henderson is an essential part of this Liverpool side pushing a remarkable Manchester City all the way. The 29-year-old has improved hugely under Jurgen Klopp’s management, filling the shoes of former captain Steven Gerrard brilliantly.
The former Sunderland man is also a key figure of Gareth Southgate’s England side, and currently keeping younger prospects like Harry Winks, Mason Mount and James Maddison out of the starting line-up with consistent high-level performances for club and country.
23. Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
The 32-year-old Vardy is now entering his sixth Premier League season, but shows no signs of slowing down. The former England international hit 18 goals last season, despite admitting that he struggled to perform in Claude Puel’s conservative tactical system which led to Brendan Rodgers’ arrival in February.
Since the Northern Irishman took over, Vardy has returned to his electric best. He’ll struggle to get close to his remarkable 24-goal haul of 2015/16, but 78 in 147 appearances over the last four-and-a-bit campaigns is some going.
22. David Silva (Manchester City)
The Spaniard is now in his final season as a Manchester City player, having announced this summer that his 10th year at the Etihad would be a fitting way to call it a day.
Yet despite being 33, Silva remains one of the best midfielders in the Premier League – and certainly one of its all-time greats. Prodding, poking, finding gaps that don’t exist: few are capable of doing it better than the man they call Merlin.
21. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Eriksen was desperate for Real Madrid or Barcelona to come calling in the summer, but neither did and the creative Dane will be a Tottenham player until January at least. His contract expires this summer, and Daniel Levy would be loathe to lose him for nothing.
It’s hard to escape the fact that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are simply much better with Eriksen in their team, however. The Denmark international can be accused of going missing in some of Spurs’ bigger games, but there are few better creative talents in the top flight – Eriksen has managed 10+ assists in the last four seasons.
New arrival Giovani Lo Celso may represent Spurs’ long-term future, but for now they’d better enjoy Eriksen’s midfield talents while they can.