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

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Manchester City striker Erling Haaland and Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus. Credit: PA Images
Manchester City striker Erling Haaland and Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus. Credit: PA Images

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Here’s every side’s best player so far according to WhoScored’s ratings…


Arsenal: Gabriel Jesus – 7.75
Three goals and three assists in his first five games for the Gunners have made him a hero already at the Emirates. Still, he has missed out on the latest Brazil squad but that could be because his place is secure and Tite wants a gander at those on the periphery. Gabriel Martinelli is Arsenal’s second-highest rating player, but his omission from the Brazil squad is rather more concerning ahead of the World Cup.


Aston Villa: Emiliano Martinez – 6.97
The Villa stopper is 13th of the Premier League keepers for saves percentage, but he has kept out 1.1 goals fewer than the Villans’ xGC.


Bournemouth: Lloyd Kelly – 6.87
Not only is Kelly the highest-rated Cherry, he also had the good sense to sit out the trip to Liverpool. The two things are probably linked.


Brentford: Ivan Toney – 7.76
The Brentford striker is making a late dash for the England plane ahead of the World Cup. Thomas Frank reckons he should go, if only because he’s “the best in the world” from the spot.


Brighton: Pascal Gross – 7.36
“Pascal is probably performing at the level of his career; certainly his level since I’ve been working with him,” said Graham Potter shortly before he chose to stop working with him. Gross has already bettered his goal tally from last season and is averaging 2.3 key passes per game.


Chelsea: Reece James – 7.29
While Trent Alexander-Arnold has flailed, like many of his Liverpool team-mates, James has had a strong start to the season, earning a fat new contract along the way. James is currently on a single assist – of his team-mates, only Marc Cucurella has more than one so far this season.


Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha – 7.36
Zaha has scored four of Palace’s five goals this season, form he will have to maintain if he hopes to finally get his big move in January. Unsurprisingly, he was named Palace’s Player of the Month for August and nominated for the Premier League award.


Everton: Jordan Pickford – 7.26
Pickford performed heroics against Liverpool but his form has been solid all season, which is convenient timing ahead of the World Cup. Less convenient is the thigh injury he suffered, though he may be back by the time Everton next play if next weekend’s fixtures are also postponed.


Fulham: Aleksandar Mitrovic – 7.88
Mitro has scored 67% of Fulham’s goals this season – the highest contribution of any individual to their team’s tally. It helps that he’s averaging more shots per game than any other player in the Premier League.


Leeds United: Jack Harrison – 7.28
The Leeds winger has offered the joint-second-highest number of assists in the Premier League with three, the same as Jesus and Bobby Firmino. Only Kevin De Bruyne has laid on more goals while only Mo Salah has offered a higher total of key passes.


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Leicester: Youri Tielemans – 6.89
Tielemans might be surprised still to be at Leicester but he’s trying to make the best of it, even if as the highest-rated Fox, he has the lowest score on this list. No one has created more big chances, with Tielemans and De Bruyne on three apiece.


Liverpool: Roberto Firmino – 7.53
Unsurprisingly since their midfield and defence has been bobbins, Liverpool’s forwards dominate their top three, with Luis Diaz and Mo Salah in second and third respectively. Firmino, who looked to be on his way in the summer, has scored the joint-highest number of goals (three) and offered more assists (three) than any other Red.

Manchester City: Erling Haaland – 8.20
The highest-rating player in the Premier League so far is already on 10 goals, scoring half of the champions’ overall haul, while out-perfoming his own xG of 7.3. He is the top scorer in Europe.


Manchester United: Marcus Rashford – 7.16
Rashford desperately needed a strong start to the season, if only for his hopes of going to the World Cup, and three goals and two assists have put him in the frame.

Allan Saint-Maximin was brilliant v Man City Credit: PA Images
Allan Saint-Maximin was brilliant v Man City Credit: PA Images

Newcastle United: Allan Saint-Maximin – 7.67
Once again, the Newcastle flier is averaging more dribbles per game than anyone else in the Premier League. Of his 28 in total, half have been successful; half haven’t.


Nottingham Forest: Neco Williams – 7.16
One of three outfield players to play every minute, the Forest new boy (aren’t they all?) is averaging 4.5 tackles per game, bettered only by Leeds’ Tyler Adams and Fulham’s Joao Palhinha.


Southampton: James Ward-Prowse – 7.10
The Saints skipper is averaging 2.5 key passes per 90 minutes – only Salah, De Bruyne, Harrison and Ilkay Gundogan are performing better.


Tottenham: Harry Kane – 7.53
Five goals in six games puts the England captain just ahead of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as Antonio Conte’s highest-rated player. Kane is also continuing to create, with a joint-high 2.2 key passes per game.


West Ham: Tomas Soucek – 6.87
The Czech giant is shading his midfield mate Declan Rice’s average score by 0.01. A welcome return to form after an inconsistent season last term when he perhaps suffered for Rice’s roving.


Wolves: Ruben Neves – 7.37
Neves was a convincing winner in Wolves’ Player of the Month vote after showcasing both sides of his game. He is one of only two goalscorers for Wolves this season, while his average of 4.2 tackles per game is a team high.

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