- #1 Erling Haaland (Manchester City, £51m)
- #2 Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal, £45m)
- #3 Sven Botman (Newcastle, £35m)
- #4 Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal, £32m)
- #5 Lisandro Martinez (Man Utd, £56m)
- #6 Andreas Pereira (Fulham, £10m)
- #7 Pervis Estupinan (Brighton, £15m)
- #8 Manuel Akanji (Manchester City, £15m)
- #9 Casemiro (Manchester United, £60m)
- #10 Julian Alvarez (Man City, £14m)
#1 Erling Haaland (Manchester City, £51m)
Haaland scored more than one goal per game on average in Germany, Austria, and Norway, but nobody anticipated that he would continue that pace in England. In fact, he was able to surpass it with his most productive season ever, shattering all Premier League records his route to scoring 36 goals in the league and 52 overall.
Haaland has also disproved critics who argued that City may be a poorer side overall with him since they were forced to change their whole playing style after frequently playing without a traditional striker in the previous two seasons. They just won the league title and will likely win the Triple Crown, making them the first English team to do it in 24 years.
Even though Haaland has a substantial income, City only spent £51 million to get him. That is 25% less than Darwin Nunez’s purchase price from Liverpool.
#2 Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal, £45m)
Despite having a successful record, the Brazilian was never able to persuade Pep Guardiola that he should start every game for Man City. But he adapted quickly to Mikel Arteta’s system, the foramer assistant coach of Guardiola, and led Arsenal’s improbable championship challenge before it faded.
Despite missing three months due to a World Cup injury, Gabriel Jesus has 10 goals and five assists in his debut season with the Gunners. But most importantly, he has served as a focal point, holding the ball up excellently and combining with Bukayo Saka and fellow countryman Gabriel Martinelli to deadly effect.
#3 Sven Botman (Newcastle, £35m)
Newcastle began pursuing the Dutch defender Botman as early as January 2022, but they were forced to wait until last summer to ultimately reach an agreement with Lille on a £35 million transfer. The wait was well worth it. Because of Botman’s immense physical presence, Newcastle was sure to win the majority of aerial duels, and Eddie Howe’s team has been able to launch swift counterattacks because to his assurance on the ball.
He and Fabian Schar have established a potent defensive coambination that has made Newcastle the finest defence in the league for the majority of the season until Man City came up to them in May.
#4 Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal, £32m)
For Arsenal, the Ukrainian has controlled practically all areas of the pitch. In addition to being a serious attacking threat, the inverted left-back has given Mikel Arteta’s team more presence in the middle of the pitch. And in crucial matches, he has performed well. Consider the Gunners’ victories against Manchester United and Tottenham earlier this year, when he outplayed every other player in terms of touches, passes made, and duels won.
Zinchenko has not only brought skill and brains to north London, but also the winning mindset he developed there. His teammates chuckled when he said they may be title contenders at the beginning of the season. Arsenal enjoyed their greatest season in a while even if they were unable to cross the finish line.
#5 Lisandro Martinez (Man Utd, £56m)
When the small Argentine entered the Premier League, players like Jamie Carragher made fun of him, and many others believed United were crazy to invest so much money on a player who appeared to have physical difficulties. Martinez isn’t very tall, but his composure with the ball and ability to weave passes into attacks from his own area have more than made up for it.
He has made United a squad that enjoys possession of the ball, and Erik ten Hag’s team’s struggles ever since he fractured his metatarsal in mid-April highlight how important he is to them.
#6 Andreas Pereira (Fulham, £10m)
Pereira was persuaded to come to the Premier League by Marco Silva following a successful loan stint with Flamengo back in Brazil. Since joining Fulham for £10 million from Manchester United, the midfielder has excelled and taken over as the team’s most inventive player from outgoing Fabio Carvalho.
Before sustaining a season-ending injury against Manchester City, he helped Silva’s team with four goals and six assists while forming a strong bond with Aleksandar Mitrovic. It was an unfortunate way to cap off an incredible season in which he showed he could compete in England’s top division after all. In United’s setback, Fulham has gained.
#7 Pervis Estupinan (Brighton, £15m)
Estupinan’s decision to join Brighton from Villarreal, last season’s Champions League semifinalists, raised some eyebrows, but the Ecuadorian won’t look back following an outstanding debut year in England.
One of Brighton’s many stars throughout their incredible season, he really began to shine following the World Cup. He has provided seven assists since January and scored a stunning opening goal in the rout of Arsenal. One of many success stories of the Seagulls’ remarkable recruitment process, he is preparing to play football in Europe once more with Brighton.
#8 Manuel Akanji (Manchester City, £15m)
Last year, City engaged in some genuinely fantastic business with Borussia Dortmund. Even though Erling Haaland received more media coverage, Akanji has turned out to be a very wise acquisition. The Swiss defender immediately replaced Aymeric Laporte at centre back and established himself as Pep Guardiola’s ideal defender thanks to his technical prowess, athleticism, and ability to execute orders precisely.
While Nathan Ake was out with an injury, Akanji thrived in the centre of a back four, back three, and more recently as a left-back. The Dutchman, who has been one of City’s most crucial defenders this season, has been so powerful that the team has hardly felt his absence. Additionally, Akanji only cost City £15 million.
#9 Casemiro (Manchester United, £60m)
Erik ten Hag needed a true enforcer to save his time with the Red Devils from becoming a complete disaster after Manchester United lost their first two games of the season against Brentford and Brighton. Let’s introduce Casemiro, a five-time Champions League champion and star player for Brazil, who jokingly promised his agency he would cure United’s issues as he watched the shocking 4-0 loss at Brentford.The Brazilian has strengthened a weak midfield with his strength and dedication, serving as a tough barrier for United’s defence and supplying plenty of tools for the attack. After a disastrous previous season, he has also carried his drive for victory to the locker room, setting the bar for the rest of the team.
#10 Julian Alvarez (Man City, £14m)
Alvarez’s stellar achievements for River Plate might be reproduced in the Premier League, thanks to Man City’s South American scouting network, which allowed them to sign this motivated, versatile attacker for under £14 million.Alvarez has had to wait his time patiently while attempting to hold onto a first-team spot on the same squad as Erling Haaland. But he’s had a n
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