Who Have Been The Best Players In The Premier League This Season?

It has been an intriguing Premier League season, to say the least. Indeed, the only non-event is Manchester City’s leisurely stroll to the title; there didn’t seem to be any team who was capable of launching a legitimate challenge. Liverpool’s title-defence collapse will live long in the memory, as will the stunning form of West Ham and Leicester City.

There have been some terrific individual performances, too. This 2020/2021 campaign has seen the rise of some extraordinarily talented footballers, as well ongoing match-winning form of some of the biggest names in the league.
So who have been the best players in the Premier League this season? Let’s take a look.

Tomáš Souček

West Ham were among the favourites for relegation before the season got underway. But how quickly things have changed. The Hammers are on course to beat their previous best season finish of fifth, which they achieved in the 1998-1999 season. But things have changed a lot since then, and if they can hold on to their top-four position, then it’ll be a season for the history books.

While many factors have contributed to West Ham’s excellent form this season, they wouldn’t be where they are without the magnificent performances of Tomáš Souček. After a promising loan spell with West Ham last season, the Czech international made the move permanent in the summer.

And it looks to be the signing of the season. Souček has scored nine goals from his defensive midfield position, and his defensive capabilities are a big reason why experts that provide football tips nearly always back the Hammers to get a result these days. Whether West Ham can keep hold of the star remains to be seen — Bayern Munich are reportedly interested — but for now, they’ll be hoping he can push the side into their first-ever Champions League campaign.

Jack Grealish
Aston Villa looked, at one stage, like they were going to threaten the top four positions. But eventually, they faded away. They’re still having a good season and could well end up in a Europa League spot.
It’s fair to say that Aston Villa would not be anywhere near those positions had it not been for Jack Grealish. The locally-born talent has always performed well, but it’s only in this season that he has reached the standards that everyone knew he was capable of achieving. In twenty-two appearances, Grealish has scored six goals and provided ten assists, which puts him up there with the very best in the league.

It’s not just his influence in front of goal that sets Grealish apart, however. Though he’s only twenty-five, he’s the main driving force behind Aston Villa. Everything good comes through. There are times when the tactical approach seems to be “get the ball to Jack as quickly as possible.”

That’s led to great results for Villa, but it might cause them problems in the future. They’ve put a spotlight on Grealish that other clubs can’t have helped but notice. Liverpool are just one of several leading clubs who are said to be monitoring the attacking midfielder. Though Grealish might stay at Villa Park for another reason, it seems inevitable that he’ll play for one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs one day.

Kevin De Bruyne
There’s much for Manchester City to love about the 2020/2021 season. They’re strolling to the league title, beating long-standing records along the way, and they’re looking pretty good in the Champions League too. But there’s another bit of news that’ll have been welcomed at the Etihad almost as much as the league success.
Kevin De Bruyne recently extended his contract at Manchester City until 2025 (and hired a data firm to assess his position at the club, who found that he was underpaid). Is there ever a season when Kevin De Bruyne isn’t one of the league’s best players? Even in an age when Manchester City have more superstars than you can count, he manages to shine above the rest. Five goals and eleven assists indicate another successful season for the Belgian, but De Bruyne’s influence on the side extends beyond what he contributes in front of goal. He’s simply a joy to watch — even fans of rival clubs acknowledge that he’s a world-beater.
Bad news for other clubs, then, that he looks here to stay for a few more years.

Harry Kane
Tottenham Hotspur fans should be worried. Though Harry Kane loves the club, it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll move clubs unless something changes.
And could anyone blame him? He’s having an outstanding season even by his standards, yet again, he finds himself out of contention for a major trophy. You don’t reach Kane’s level without being determined to win, and he’ll be thinking that the only way to put trophy medals in his cabinet is to move to a club that can match his ambitions. According to reports, Spurs won’t sell him for less than £120 million or to another English club, which will make things difficult.
However, if there’s a way to sign Kane, then clubs will be interested. This season, he’s scored nineteen goals (joint top-scorer) and produced a league-leading thirteen assists. And this, of course, is no flash in the pan season. He’s scored 162 goals in 236 Premier League appearances, which means he’s already in eighth position in the list of top all-time Premier League scorers.

Spurs look unlikely to end up in the Champions League positions, which could signal the end of Kane’s Tottenham connection. But their lowly position does not reflect poorly on Kane. Quite the opposite, in fact. It’s curious to think of where they’d be had Kane (and Son) not performed to such a high standard.

There’s still time in the season for players to make a name for themselves, but the players that we’ve outlined above will remain the standout players. Who will get the nod for the title of Player of the Year come the season end? We’re going to wager Kevin De Bruyne, again.

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