10) Jamie Vardy
Vardy finished last season as the Premier League’s top scorer and this season he’s only trailing Mo Salah by a couple. He remains as integral as ever at the Foxes, with his might a big reason why Brendan Rodgers’ side have the best shot conversion rate in the division; Vardy is second in the Golden Boot race, even though 36 players average more shots per game. Despite turning 34 in a fortnight, Vardy has failed to start just four Premier League games in 2020, including Monday’s quick turnaround to face Palace. Edinson Cavani is one month younger Still, the way people talk about the Uruguayan suggests he’s fit for nothing more than a casual cameo, which further highlights Vardy’s impressive longevity.
Jamie Vardy gifted his Premier League golden shoe to summer vacation 😂 pic.twitter.com/MzcU87C4YO
– ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) Aug 17, 2020
9) Dominic Calvert-Lewin
This year Everton found the center-forward they had spent too much time looking for and he was hiding in plain sight. Calvert-Lewin just needed Carlo Ancelotti to unleash his potential and once Everton turned to the Italian the center forward was in business. After scoring 16 goals in 96 Premier League appearances before Ancelotti, Calvert-Lewin has scored 19 times in 35 since Everton named the series winner a year ago. A few days after working with the Toffees, Ancelotti had assessed his potential: “He works hard, very hard, but he has to focus more on not moving too much away to wide positions,” said the manager in January. “He must stay close to the surface because there he is really dangerous. He can play for England, without a doubt. That’s exactly what Calvert-Lewin achieved in October, since scoring two goals in three caps.
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 17, 2020
8) Emiliano Martinez
It’s a very rich list forward, which tends to be the case even in years when the art of defense hasn’t been so miserably forgotten. But we are an inclusive group here and the stoppers demand some form of representation. Martinez is therefore well seated among many forwards whose 2020 might have been even more productive without the Aston Villa keeper. Martinez started the year like he did the previous eight, as an Arsenal employee, and while Bernd Leno didn’t do much wrong, suspicion among many Gooners remains that the club sold the wrong keeper when Mikel Arteta had to choose in the summer. After years of substitute service, Martinez was in need of playing time and his stint in the Gunners’ sticks after the lockdown – which culminated with an FA Cup winner’s medal – was proof he deserved more responsibility . Dean Smith, who was in desperate need of a keeper with Tom Heaton absent, was all too willing to offer it and Villa didn’t look back. Martinez played a key role in making Villa’s Defense, the most improved unit of 2020.
⛔️ Fewer applications per blank sheet – the top five leagues in Europe (min. 3 blank sheets)
🇸🇮 Jan Oblak (Atletico) – 1.5 (8 of 12)
🇨🇷 Keylor Navas (PSG) – 1.6 (7 in 11)
🇦🇷 Emiliano Martinez (Villa) – 1.7 (7 of 12)
🇫🇷 Benoit Costil (Bordeaux) – 1.8 (9 in 16) pic.twitter.com/ujEurljN2h
– WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) December 21, 2020
7) Harry Kane
The Tottenham star only managed 75 minutes in 2020 before Restarting the project but Kane spent the second half of the year making up for lost time. He scored seven goals in nine games to end last season before returning for the new campaign almost a new man. After spending his career so far as a goal poacher, a classic No.9, Jose Mourinho has repackaged Kane as a supplier, with the England star diving deeper to play the role of a liaison between the midfielder. of Tottenham field and the runners who passed him. In the first 12 games of the season, Kane has scored nine and added another 10, mostly for Son Heung-min. No player has ever achieved double the assists in a season so quickly. It’s no coincidence that in the last three games – when Kane has failed to create or score a goal – Spurs have failed to win.
6) Son Heung-min
You can’t include Kane in this list without Sound, that has been their mutual dependence. Their incredible partnership got people talking about something else that wasn’t there until 2020: the goal combinations. The Spurs duo are now four off Drogpard’s record, which really wasn’t a thing before Kane and Son became Europe’s best double act. Alone, Son is currently operating with a goal contribution a game that ended last season with 24 games in 30 games. And think We thought he’d be on Jose’s shit list.
Love this moment. The realization as Son asks Kane if he got help again. pic.twitter.com/RLdhOWGgGl
– Or Alasdair (@AlasdairGold) October 27, 2020
5) Mo Salah
It seems to have something is brewing around Salah but, as Klopp puts it, the Liverpool star is “in a good time” – he’s currently two points in the Golden Boot race – and his larger numbers make it impossible to miss him. off that list, despite other teammates vying for inclusion. Salah has been involved in as many Premier League goals as the n ° 1 here and no one has scored more in the league in 2020. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Ciro Immobile in the top five European leagues have touched the net more often this year.
4) Kevin De Bruyne
Liverpool returned home in the title race last season, with four of their stars making up two-thirds of the shortlist for PFA player of the year. Still, it was De Bruyne who won the gong, which sits on the chimney alongside his Premier League Player of the Season award. His 20 assists last season equaled Thierry Henry’s 17-year record while 13 goals scored was his best comeback. His seven assists in 13 games this season put him on track to equal last season’s tally, in a team that struggled to match the form of their talisman. De Bruyne’s consistency has almost normalized its brilliance. He’s been so good for a few seasons now that we’d expect this continued ridicule. Messi or no Messi – De Bruyne is not arsé anyway – The city must refine the Belgian scribbling on this contract.
Kevin De Bruyne is the first Man City player to be named PFA Male Player of the Year:
❍ Most aids
❍ More goals + assists
❍ Most bullets
❍ Most of the chances created
❍ Creation of most of the big chances
❍ Most open play chances created
❍ Most goals outside the box
King. 👑 pic.twitter.com/AcDVSWTh5L
– Football Squawka (@Squawka) September 8, 2020
3) Sadio Mane
Last year’s winner. You could argue that Liverpool representatives make up half of that list – four of their players made it to FIFA’s top 11 finalist list – and Mane’s ranking as the highest Red exemplifies here the year he had and how he is essential for Jurgen Klopp’s machine. “There is no doubt about becoming a very good player for a world class player,” Klopp said this summer reflecting on the Senegalese star’s progress, and although you can reasonably say he has reached the class category world before this year. , his performances for the reigning champions and leaders have consolidated this status. That rise was undoubtedly helped by his rivalry – a healthy one, apparently – with Salah, and Mane has become the Reds’ most important player this year. This season, of the six games Mane has not started, Liverpool have won just two. On Sunday, the striker ended what was by his criteria a drought of goals, not that Klopp was worried: “One of our best players in the world hasn’t scored in a while, whatever? Difficult to defend, if Sadio has the ball you need two or three on him.
2) Jack Grealish
No player has had a more eventful 2020, with the Aston Villa captain almost single-handedly keeping his childhood club in the Premier League after the restart, which came after Grealish was involved in a car during the lockdown which resulted in nine months of driving. ban last week. Between that mistake and his day in court, Grealish made his late England debut amid stunning form for Villa, who turned Dean Smith’s side from relegation flesh into six top contenders. It is not entirely a matter of Grealish. As he signed a new contract this summer, Smith was busy recruiting better players to surround his talisman, which worked a treat. Figures like Ollie Watkins and Ross Barkley have helped Grealish shine even more, but the 25-year-old has taken him to another level to elevate him to the level of the Premier League’s top talent.
38 – Jack Grealish has created 38 open play chances in the Premier League this season, the most players in any of Europe’s Big Five in 2020-2021. Catalyst. pic.twitter.com/6FF8dtitQ2
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 20, 2020
1) Bruno Fernandes
The Premier League leader of a miserable year.