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Who makes the cut? The best player from every Premier League team in 21-22

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7th January, 2022

It’s been a tough season for all Premier League players with matches being postponed due to COVID, with some teams having played 21 matches and Burnley having played only 17.

Aaron Ramsdale is a goalkeeper who has changed Arsenal’s fortunes. He has kept nine clean sheets and has featured in 17 of Arsenal’s 20 games. They have conceded 16 goals in the 17 games he has played.

In the opening three games of the season, Bernd Leno conceded nine goals. It’s safe to say Ramsdale has been a bit of a barometer for Arsenal as they have won 11 games, drawn two and lost four since he worked his way into the team in Matchweek 4.

Aston Villa
Danny Ings has been a good acquisition for Aston Villa and provided another option going forward, other than Ollie Watkins.

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The former Southampton striker has scored four goals and provided two assists. He has only played 90 minutes on six occasions, with all of his four goals coming in those matches as have both of his assists. His limited minutes have been due to injury, so hopefully he has been fit and firing for the remainder of the season.

Ivan Toney is a striker who has played 17 of the 19 matches he has played, scoring four goals and providing two assists. Unfortunately, he was unavailable for two games due to COVID, but thankfully he has come back into the team and fit in well, despite not adding to his goal or assist tally.

He is a pivotal part of Brentford’s structure and system as he ties up defender. He has played 90 minutes in all of the 17 games that he has featured in.

Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Brighton and Hove Albion
Neal Maupay has scored seven goals and provided one assist, despite playing 90 minutes in only 13 of the 19 matches that Brighton have featured in. He has scored important goals for the team as he has helped the Seagulls claim points that they wouldn’t have without him in the team.

Nick Pope, the goalkeeper at Burnley has been a standout; without him in the team there would be no chance of Burnley avoiding relegation. He has kept three clean sheets in the 15 matches that he has featured in. He has made 46 saves in those matches.

In the last two matches, he has been unavailable for selection and Burnley have conceded six goals overall, three in each of the two matches without him in the team. He only conceded 21 goals in 15 matches, which isn’t a lot for a goalkeeper playing in a team that is in the relegation zone.

Antonio Rüdiger has arguably been the second-best player in the Premier League so far this season. He has featured in all 21 matches that Chelsea have played and has been a big reason why they have only conceded 16 goals and kept eight clean sheets.


He has played 90 minutes in all 21 of Chelsea’s matches, even contributing to their attack, scoring two goals and providing three assists!

Crystal Palace
Conor Gallagher of Crystal Palace has plenty of hype around him for a reason, he is dangerous in the final third. He has six goals and five assists and has featured in 17 of Palace’s 20 games this season. He is a central midfielder who offers so much for the team going forward.

It’s clear and obvious that he’s had an outstanding season!

Demarai Gray has scored five goals and provided three assists. He has featured in 17 of Everton’s 18 matches so far this season. He has been a standout for Everton, even though they haven’t been performing to an adequate level so far this season.

Leeds United
Raphinha has been outstanding for Leeds United from an attacking perspective. He has played in 17 of Leeds United’s 19 matches, scoring eight goals and providing one assist. He has played a part in nine of the 21 goals that Leeds United have scored. The two matches he didn’t play, Leeds lost.


Leicester City
Jamie Vardy has scored the third most goals of any player in the Premier League, scoring nine times this season. He has played in 16 of Leicester City’s 18 matches and is a big reason why they currently sit in the top half of the Premier League table midway through Matchweek 21.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool has been the best player in the Premier League, scoring 16 goals and providing ten assists.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates

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It was a no-brainer to pick him as Liverpool’s best player, as he has featured in all 20 matches they have played and played a part in exactly half of their goals – either scoring himself or with an assist. He will be a big loss for Liverpool in the upcoming African Cup of Nations, where he will represent Egypt.

Manchester City
João Cancelo of Manchester City generally plays as a fullback on either side of Pep Guardiola’s defence. He has only missed one of City’s 21 matches, which was through suspension. Remarkably, he has scored one goal and proved seven assists, and Manchester City have kept 11 clean sheets with him in the team.

Manchester United
David de Gea has been a standout for Manchester United. He is probably the only player in the team who can hold his hand up and say my endeavour never wavered. He has only conceded 27 goals in the 19 matches that Manchester United have played, which is impressive.

He has made the most saves of any goalkeeper in the Premier League with a total of 67, and has kept four clean sheets for an average Premier League team, which is quite remarkable. To sum up de Gea’s current form all that needs to be done is to look at the team sheet, as Dean Henderson, a world-class goalkeeper, in sitting on the bench, as the Spaniard is impossible to drop based on his current form.

Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea celebrates

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Newcastle United
Allan Saint-Maximin has been a shining light for Newcastle United. He is a winger who has scored four goals and provided four assists and has been a pivotal part of Newcastle United still having a slight hope of not being relegated.

The goal he scored against Manchester United sums up his season: he has been a revelation. He has featured in all 19 of Newcastle United’s matches.

Norwich City
Teemu Pukki is a striker who has been Norwich City’s main attacking threat going forward. He has scored five of Norwich City’s eight goals and started 18 of their 19 matches; without him they wouldn’t stand any hope of avoiding relegation.

James Ward-Prowse has led by example for Southampton and he is a big reason why they sit ten points clear of the relegation zone having played 17 of 19 matches that Southampton have played this season. He has scored five goals and provided one assist and has led from the front.

Son Heung-min is capable of playing as a forward or a midfielder. He has scored eight goals and provided five assists in the 17 matches he has featured in. What that means is that he has contributed to 13 of the 23 goals that Tottenham have scored, despite missing Tottenham’s 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace in Matchweek 4.

Emmanuel Dennis is a striker/winger who has scored eight goals goals and provided six assists. Having contributed to 14 of Watford’s 22 goals is pretty impressive. He has played in 17 of Watford’s 18 matches, as he was only unavailable for one match due to suspension.

Having scored the equal fourth most goals in the Premier League as it stands is impressive, and being in the top half a dozen for the number of assists he’s provided shows that he isn’t a selfish player and does the utmost for the team, despite Watford sitting fourth from bottom.

West Ham
Michail Antonio is a striker who has scored eight goals and provided six assists. He has featured in 17 of 18 matches that West Ham have played and has been an important part of them sitting fifth on the Premier League table after Matchweek 18.


The fact that he has provided six assists shows that he isn’t one-dimensional and works hard for the team.

José Sá is a goalkeeper for Wolves who has only conceded 14 goals in 19 matches! Remarkably, he has kept eight clean sheets and made 59 saves. He has been instrumental in Wolves sitting in eighth place on the Premier League table as it stands.