Which player has the best record with their Premier League club this season? Minimum five games and 250 minutes to weed out the five-minuters…
ARSENAL: Eddie Nketiah (PPG: 2.2)
It’s gone really quite well for unbeaten Eddie Nketiah since he returned from his loan spell with Leeds. And then he did this at the weekend…
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 7, 2020
ASTON VILLA: Ezri Konza (PPG: 1.13)
If Villa has played centre-half Konza in every Premier League game this season, they would currently be 15th instead of mired in the relegation zone. Part of the shadow Villa squad that reached the Carabao Cup final, Konza also played in Villa’s last five Premier League wins before he was dropped ahead of the 4-0 shellacking by Leicester. Take heed, Dean Smith.
BOURNEMOUTH: Josh King (PPG: 1.11)
The Norwegian’s struggles with injury this season have undoubtedly been a major factor in the Cherries’ relegation fight; they have lost eight of the ten games he has missed entirely. Whatever happens to Bournemouth and Eddie Howe, he will certainly remain in the Premier League; he could even find himself playing European football.
BRIGHTON: Ezequiel Schelotto (PPG: 1.29)
Well he is a one-time (literally) Italian international. If we ignore the fact that Brighton have not won a game actually started by Schelotto, it is clear that the Seagulls must pick the occasional right-back to survive their relegation battle.
BURNLEY: Phil Bardsley (PPG: 1.64)
It’s little wonder that Sean Dyche is threatening to fall out with Burnley about a new contract for Bardsley; Burnley’s record is significantly better with the veteran right-back in the side rather than Matthew Lowton (1.07). For an old man, Bardsley is pretty bloody solid.
CHELSEA: Marcos Alonso (PPG: 2.55)
Call off the Ben Chilwell chase because Chelsea would be just eight points behind Liverpool if Marcos Alonso played every Premier League game. He has played 11 Premier League games this season and Chelsea have only lost once…to Liverpool. Consider our minds blown. Oh and he scores (almost) all of the goals.
So you’re telling Marcos Alonso has a higher goal per game ratio than Firmino this season? I kinda feel bad we beat Liverpool into signing Timo Werner
— Hałe (@CFCHale) June 7, 2020
CRYSTAL PALACE: Mamadou Sakho (PPG: 1.88)
Palace would be above Leicester in third if they had their best centre-half available all season. You simply cannot argue with the logic. Well you could argue that Sakho played only a total of 61 minutes in three of his four victories this season, but that would surely be nit-picking.
EVERTON: Mason Holgate (PPG: 1.64)
Holgate missed the disastrous autumn run of five defeats in six games and has started every game but one under Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian calls him the “complete defender”, which is quite the compliment from a manager of his stature. Surely an England call-up beckons.
LEICESTER CITY: Demarai Gray (PPG: 2.21)
Slightly misleading as 12 of Gray’s 14 appearances have come off the bench, but he did score in the last Premier League game he started against West Ham. Worrying for Gray, he has not actually played a single top-flight minute since mid-January, so he will be one player looking forward to the introduction of the ‘five subs’ rule.
LIVERPOOL: Adrian, Joe Gomez, James Milner (PPG: 3.00)
All hail the trio who played no part in either the draw with Manchester United or the defeat to Watford; they could end the season having played in only Premier League victories.
Would Liverpool have stayed unbeaten if Joe Gomez was playing instead?
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 29, 2020
MANCHESTER CITY: Aymeric Laporte (PPG: 2.71)
Possibly the most missed player of the season, Laporte has played only seven Premier League games in which City have dropped just two points and kept five clean sheets. City might not have won the title with the Frenchman fit for the whole season, but they would have been a hell of a lot closer to Liverpool. Pep Guardiola should also note that Phil Foden is next on this list.
MANCHESTER UNITED: Bruno Fernandes (PPG: 2.20)
Obviously. He is their player of the season and their best signing of the post-Fergie era after all.
NORWICH CITY: Lukas Rupp (PPG: 1.17)
The small print suggests that German midfielder Lukas Rupp may not quite be a saviour: two Norwich victories have come in his sub appearances while he has taken just one point from four Premier League games he has started.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Ciaran Clark (PPG: 1.64)
Newcastle have somehow won twice as many Premier League games as they have lost with Clark in the starting line-up. He was recalled after a 5-0 defeat to Leicester and was part of a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in his very first game.
Tell you what mind, Ciaran Clark was colossal today. Possibly our most underrated player. A modern day Aaron Hughes. Solid. As. Fuck. #nufc
— Taylor Can Besty (@TaylorandBesty) January 18, 2020
SHEFFIELD UNITED: Luke Freeman (PPG: 1.78)
Bit of a red herring as Freeman has largely featured from the bench and has not featured at all in the Premier League since December. Nobody is going to argue (except perhaps Freeman himself) that he should replace one of the Blades’ three central midfielders on a permanent basis.
SOUTHAMPTON: Cedric Soares (PPG: 1.69)
Absent for the nightmare run of Saints form that featured that 9-0 demolition, Soares lost only once in a run of seven Premier League games for the Saints before he made a January loan switch to Arsenal. He will be missed.
TOTTENHAM: Eric Dier (PPG: 2.07)
It seems that the only thing between Tottenham and Champions League football is the refusal of successive managers to play Eric Dier. Of the seven games he has started in midfield this season, Spurs have won five. Five! Just don’t let him start at centre-half…none of his three starts there have reaped victories.
Eric Dier starts for Tottenham. The most underrated player in our squad. Come back to this tweet when he drops an 8/10.
— LP ☬🛫 (@thfclp__) February 16, 2020
WATFORD: Nathaniel Chalobah (PPG: 1.40)
The Hornets have lost only three of the nine Premier League games started by Gareth Southgate’s favourite midfielder this season, but that record has not really made him a regular under any of Watford’s many managers this season. He touched the ball twice in their momentous 3-0 win over Liverpool so absolutely deserved those three points on his personal total.
WEST HAM: Andriy Yarmolenko (PPG: 1.27)
Another injury-ravaged season for the Ukrainian has seen the Hammers robbed of one of their more creative players. Even though he lost his form along with the majority of his teammates in November, he never sunk to Manuel Lanzini depths. He will still be replaced by Grady Diangana next season, mind.
WOLVES: Patrick Cutrone (PPG: 1.67)
Ten points from his last four games in which he played a total of 13 minutes, so we suspect that Wolves will not too tearfully mourn the departure of a rare misstep in the transfer market.