6) Jorginho- Chelsea
The Brazil born Italian is already showing why Pep Guardiola was so keen on bringing him to the Etihad. Jorginho is one of those rare players who are capable of playing as a regista. His playing style is remarkably similar to the legendary Andrea Pirlo and looks like the player who is going to be around for many years to come. Jorginho has quickly become integral to Chelsea with the Italian resonating everything new manager Maurizio Sarri wants the Blues to be doing on the pitch. He is their midfield general and already has the most touches by any Chelsea player this season. It is hard to envisage Chelsea playing the Sarri Ball without Jorginho in the side dictating the play.
5) Alisson Becker- Liverpool
Karius’ struggles and Mignolet’s inability to step up had raised calls for Liverpool to sign a new goalkeeper. Their wishes were finally heard this summer but Alisson came with a huge price tag. But half way through the season, and Alisson is already justifying why Liverpool broke the transfer record for his services. A last minute save against Napoli got Liverpool off the line in the Champions league. It was the kind of moment which defines a season and a player’s career. Alisson’s emphatic performances has already got many considering him as the best in the game at the moment. It is hard to argue with Neuer and De Gea both struggling for their best form.
4) Cristiano Ronaldo- Juventus
It is only Ronaldo who could command a fees of more than 100 million Euros despite being 33, which is considered by many as the twilight years in a footballer’s career. Nevertheless, a new league and new country does not scare Ronaldo, who has quickly become the Bianconeri’s talisman. The man for the big moment, Ronaldo has become a poacher in many ways and has already been scoring goals every now and then. The defining moment for Ronaldo though will be in the Champions league when Juve go up against Atletico, a side Ronaldo knows very well. Expect the Portuguese to light up the Champions league again.
3) Paco Alcacer- Borussia Dortmund
Not even Cristiano Ronaldo has had the instant impact that Alcacer has had on Borussia Dortmund. Having started less than 5 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, Alcacer is already leading the scoring charts. It’s almost like the ball is getting attracted towards Alcacer. Halfway through the season, and Alcacer has already broken the record for most goals as a substitute in a season. The Spaniard’s fine form is one of the reasons why Dortmund for the first time in almost a decade go in the winter break leading the Bundesliga table.
2) Aymeric Laporte- Manchester City
The French defender has quickly settled in to life at the Etihad that it seems like he has been playing for the Cityzens for more than two seasons. The left-foot centre half is ideal for Guardiola’s playing style and alongside Stones, looks the centre half pairing for the Cityzens for years to come. It is untenable that Laporte has not yet made his debut for the French national team.
1) Virgil Van Djik -Liverpool
It is hard to remember that Liverpool were once defensively always suspect to conceding. Currently though, Liverpool have conceded just 8 goals in 17 games in the league. And a whole lot of credit for that goes to Virgil Van Djik. The Dutchman has almost single-handedly organized Liverpool’s defence. He has also significantly helped in the development of Andy Robertson, who now looks a world-beater. The defender is key to Liverpool’s hopes of winning the title for first time in nearly 30 years.