Every Premier League club’s highest-rated player of the season so far

Luis Diaz has shone in the Premier League this season Credit: Alamy
Luis Diaz has shone in the Premier League this season Credit: Alamy

Liverpool are missing their main man in recent weeks while Arsenal’s has stopped scoring but not contributing.

Here’s every side’s best player so far according to WhoScored’s ratings, ruling out those who have played just a few minutes like Reiss Nelson…

 

Arsenal: Gabriel Jesus – 7.62
The goals have dried up somewhat – scoring fewer goals than Leeds striker Rodrigo was never the plan – but his overall contribution remains exemplary; no other Premier League player has claimed both five goals and five assists.

 

Aston Villa: Emiliano Martinez – 6.97
The Villa stopper is 11th of the Premier League keepers for save percentage, but there are slim pickings for a star performer for a wretched Villa this season. Ashley Young is second, FFS.

 

Bournemouth: Lloyd Kelly – 6.87
Two assists and two clean sheets is just about enough to reward a defender who had the good sense to swerve the paddling by Liverpool.

 

Brentford: Ivan Toney – 7.18
Eight Premier League goals but a three-game scoring drought is poor timing ahead of the World Cup squad decision.

 

Brighton: Leandro Trossard – 7.12
If a 27-year-old can have a breakthrough season, Trossard is doing exactly that. It’s only the end of October and he has seven Premier League goals – one fewer than he managed in the whole of last season.

 

Chelsea: Kepa – 7.27
It would have been even higher had he not shipped three goals v Brighton on Saturday. He made our Worst XI of the weekend but remains in the black for the Blues.

 

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha – 7.14
Class is permanent, isn’t it? Still doing all of the dribbles, all of the time. And has scored five of Palace’s 13 Premier League goals.

 

Everton: Jordan Pickford – 7.13
Only Bournemouth’s Neto has a better save percentage than England’s No. 1, who must be relishing having a half-decent defence in front of him.

 

Fulham: Aleksandar Mitrovic – 7.42
Takes more shots than any other Premier League player and has managed to score with nine of them.

 

Leeds United: Pascal Struijk – 7.03
One of the low-key successes of Jesse Marsch’s tenure is Struijk’s conversion into an excellent left-back who is defensively stout while still being comfortable on the ball. A goal and an assist helps the algorithm too.

 

Leicester City: James Maddison – 7.30
Had a low-key mare in front of Gareth Southgate as Leicester drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace, missed the 2-0 win over Leeds through suspension but still remains the pick of the Foxes’ brood with six goals and two assists.

 

Liverpool: Luis Diaz – 7.28
In a sea of at-best mediocrity, Diaz has been less culpable than most. He has conjured three goals and two assists from just seven Premier League starts and Liverpool certainly missed him v Forest and Leeds United.

 

Manchester City: Erling Haaland – 8.13
Seventeen Premier League goals already from an xG of roughly 10. Just a ludicrously good goalscorer.

 

Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes – 7.17
Feels like instinctively the wrong choice but the whole defence is still making up for that horrendous start to the season, and Fernandes does create more chances than any other United player, even if they are rarely taken.

 

Newcastle United: Kieran Trippier – 7.56
Bruno Guimaraes might want a word but Trippier plays in the Premier League’s meanest defence while simultaneously creating chance upon chance. What a signing for a club forcing talk of a Big Seven sooner than expected.

 

Nottingham Forest: Neco Williams – 6.82
Absolutely the pick of Forest’s new 427 signings. Did not start the 5-0 thwacking by Arsenal, which was a blessing for him and a curse for Steve Cooper.

 

Southampton: Armel Bella-Kotchap – 6.89
Strong in the air and on the ground, the 20-year-old German international is being sorely missed as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

 

Tottenham: Harry Kane – 7.47
Ten Premier League goals this season puts him ahead of Rodrigo Bentancur, who scored the winner against Bournemouth as Kane toiled on the south coast.

 

West Ham: Declan Rice – 7.06
Only Aaron Cresswell creates more chances and only Tomas Soucek makes more tackles. He has become the complete midfielder; now he just needs better players around him.

 

Wolves: Ruben Neves – 7.06
The scorer of half Wolves’ paltry total of six goals this season. He really does deserve better.

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