10 games have been played in the Premier League so far this term, and now we can properly start to gauge how well teams are going to do this year. With the managerial changes made at the the top clubs in the country this season and the amount of new talent brought into the division it was one of the hardest seasons to predict in years, so in this article I’ll be saying who I believe has performed the best so far, out of all the players in the Premier League.
5. Eden Hazard
What on Earth happened last season? Hazard clearly has he talent to be one of the best players in the world, so why wasn’t he performing last season? Even after Mourinho parted company with Chelsea last season he still didn’t look like himself, I remember when Chelsea came to Selhurst Park just after New Year under Gus Hiddink and Hazard got injured in the early stages of the game and I was more worried of his replacement (Pedro) than him which I thought was crazy but justified, he literally wasn’t the same player he was during Chelsea’s title winning campaign. However Antonio Conte and his new 3-4-3 system seems to be bringing the best out of Eden Hazard. 5 goals and 1 assist still isn’t the sort of stats you’d expect of a world class player, but his directness and dribbling ability are contributing to Chelsea’s climb up the table a lot more than stats suggest.
4. Alexis Sanchez
What a player this man is. His sheer pace, power and close control has been tearing teams apart since August and Arsene Wenger moving him from the left wing to striker seems to of contributed massively to his upturn in form. There’s never been any doubt in his ability, however last season 13 goals and 4 assists in 30 games just isn’t good enough for a player of his obvious pedigree. The change in position has brought him 6 goals and 3 assists in 10 appearances, and with the tremendous confidence he currently has the goals don’t look to be stopping any time soon.
3. Diego Costa
Another player that looked a shadow of himself last season, Diego Costa is back to being the nasty, aggressive striker that Premier League defenders dread facing. His strength, fierceness, pace and superb finishing ability makes him the player every fan wishes they had at their club, but hates playing against. In 10 appearances he’s scored 8 times and assisted once, with his goal at Southampton a contender for goal of the season. Due to his personality, Costa is one of the most hated players in the Premier League, but Chelsea fans love him and you can see why. Sitting at the top of the goal scoring charts, Diego Costa has proven himself to be one of the best strikers in the league and if he can continue this form, who knows where Chelsea will end up this year.
2. Kevin De Bruyne
Jose Mourinho, look away now. De Bruyne looks fitter, sharper and more effective than ever and all that contributes to him being classed as one of the brightest talents in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola has transformed Manchester City into a fluid, passing side and that suits the ‘ KDB’ perfectly because they’re now playing to his strengths and he’s been given a licence to roam and showcase the bundles of talent he has. 2 goals and 5 assists in 10 appearances doesn’t tell the full story for the young Belgian who, like Eden Hazard, contributes to wins significantly more than stats suggest with his genius movement off the ball and his mesmeric passing range.
1. Phillipe Coutinho
Finally this little wizard is performing on a regular basis! For so long he’s shown glimpses of an incredible player and now under Jurgen Klopp Coutinho is impressing consistently! As a fan of fantastic players, I’m over the moon that Coutinho is reaching his full potential but as a fan of a club directly competing with Liverpool, I’m scared. The diminutive Brazilian has 4 goals and 4 assists in 10 appearances and is proving pivotal to Liverpool’s surprise title challenge. His shooting ability and awareness of other players around him is mesmerizing and if he carries on playing the way he has been, I don’t see any stopping Liverpool this season.
That’s who I believe has been playing best in the Premier League so far this season, however so much can change over the Christmas period. Thank you for reading and if you enjoyed this, feel free to check out the other articles on The Football Forecast or check out my personal blog www.5minutesofaddedtime.com if you’ve got 5 minutes to spare.