The Barclays Premier League has thrown at us, arguably one of the most exciting contests since Manchester City’s dramatic last minute title snatch at the hands of their bitter rivals a few seasons ago. With Chelsea’s early decline, Manchester United’s inability to be consistent, Liverpool’s indifferent form, Manchester City’s unexplainable slip ups and Arsenal just being Arsenal; it’s given a chance for a surprise league champion this season and don’t you dare wake Liecester City up!
Here’s my list of the most impressive Premier League Players this season.
- Willian Borges
No one will argue with me when I say Chelsea has had a dismal season, but the one player that they could consistently rely on has been their Brazilian wizard donning the number 22 jersey. With the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro, Diego Costa and Oscar struggling for form and in and out of the team with injuries, Willian has been the go to man for the London club in League and Champions League Football by setting up and scoring crucial goals.
- Meisut Ozil
Ozil has been Arsenal’s shining star this season, currently 1 assist from equaling Thierry Henry’s current standing record of most assists in a single Premier League season (20). With a magic wand for a left foot, the German playmaker has had a hand in a large number of Arsenal’s goals this season and has not only stopped there, having scored 5 himself. Ozil has shown this season that he can handle the pressure of the Premier League and next season could be huge for Arsenal and the player personally, let’s hope he replicates this form in EURO 2016.
- Dele Alli
The young English midfielder has been breathtaking for Tottenham this season. Dele has shown a maturity and respect for the game at a very young age, with a very lethargic yet simple style of play, slowing down the pace of a fast Premier League match, letting the game come to him, positional play, reading of the game, scoring and creating goals. The Tottenham man has been Paul Gascoigne like and scored a beautiful goal which is a strong contender for goal of the season.
- Wes Morgan
Captain of a very disciplined and focused Liecester City team, my list would not be complete without him. Commanding at the back, a leader, tough as nails and no nonsense defending alongside Robert Huth has made them very tough to beat. It’s very easy to praise the front line when they are scoring goals, but that means nothing when you are conceding at the back. Wes Morgan has provided that solidity at the back and earned the respect of his team mates and of Coach Claudio Ranieri.
- Harry Kane
Many thought the Harry would be a one hit wonder, but it seems that for the second season running, the boy is becoming a man. Top of the goal scoring charts at the moment having overtaken Jamie Vardy and becoming the first player this season to score 20 goals. Harry’s goals and performances have soared Tottenham into unprecedented heights this season as they push Liecester all the way to the finish line.
- N’golo Kante
Celebrating his recent call up to the French national team this week, N’golo has been such a revelation for Claudio Ranieri this season. Consistent performances in the very talented Liecester City midfield have earned him a spot in my top 10. A midfield engine, the definition of a pure box to box player, Kante has been the midfield lynchpin for Liecester City all season by breaking up opposition attacks and starting Liecester attacks from midfield. When he is missing, Liecester seem to lack a considerable amount of mobility in the centre of the park.
- Toby Alderweireld
Clean sheets make the difference between staying up and going down in the Premier League and when you rack up a large number of them, they could mean the difference between winning the league and losing it. The Belgian connection between Toby and Jan in the heart of that Tottenham defence has been impeccable and set up a solid foundation for Spurs to attack without any doubts. Toby has also won Spurs points with his headed goals in the opposition box.
- Jamie Vardy
Goals, goals, goals! Jamie Vardy has been lethal in front of goal this season for The Foxes; 19 goals and counting for the confident English striker has earned him a spot in my top 3.
- Dimitri Payet
Very rarely does one player join a team and have as much of an impact on proceedings than this French playmaker. A brilliant acquisition by Slaven Bilic, Payet is able to dance his way around opposition defences and create and score important goals for a West Ham side knocking on the doors of European football next season. From a team which was in a relegation dog fight last season, many West Ham fans will be hoping The Hammers can hold onto their prized possession for atleast another season.
- Riyad Mahrez
Raw skill, pace, finishing, vision and creativity are just about some of the qualities that Mahrez has brought to League chasing Liecester City. Probably head and shoulders ahead of anyone in the Premier League this season with 16 goals and 12 assists, unprecedented! I predicted this in my article earlier this season, but we all know that running against an English/European player as an African for Player of The Season in the Premier League is pointless. Jamie Vardy will probably scoop the award. Sadly.