9) Alexis Sanchez
While his future may be up for debate, Sanchez’s place as one of Premier league’s elite midfielders is incontestable. The Chilean was by far Arsenal’s best player last season scoring over 20 goals for the Gunners. His attitude did cause a lot of outrage among the pundits; however, that is just how Sanchez is. His love and passion for the game is evident throughout the ninety minutes. As such, when things aren’t going his way, he tends to show his frustration in the open. The midfielder, wherever he ends up, is surely going to be one of the best in the league again this season. Get our predictions here
8) Eden Hazard
The Belgian wizard is one of the best players in the world, let alone premier league, on his day. His magical runs and dribbling skills are a blessing to watch and easily manages to get fans up from their seats. Hazard’s influence on the Blues was conspicuous during the 2015-16 season, when his failure to reach heights had a detrimental impact on Chelsea’s campaign, as they finished in the 10th position. Last season, under Antonio Conte, Hazard returned to his previous levels and was crucial in Chelsea’s title run. As Chelsea prepare to defend their title, the club will be relying on Hazard for magic once again.
7) Kevin De Bruyne
The hard-working Belgian adapted well to a more deeper role under Guardiola last season. His goals tally did take a hit; nevertheless, De Bruyne was part of virtually every City’s attacks or goals. His ability to control the game is second to none. While there were qualms about his ability to play in a possession based game, De Bruyne proved his versatility last season with some excellent performances. Manchester City have accumulated some of the world’s brightest attacking talents in their ranks; nevertheless, De Bruyne is set to remain a vital cog for the Manchester club.
6) Mesut Ozil
When you are Mesut Ozil, you are expected to perform at the highest level week in week out. Such has been the bar Ozil has set with his eye-catching performances over the years. With his unquestionable talent, there are only a few with a better vision than the elusive German. Ozil’s feather touch is just a delight to watch. While some of his performances lately have unarguably been poor, the criticism has certainly been too harsh. The entire Arsenal team have looked lacklustre for quite some time, and Ozil is the easiest scapegoat. Nevertheless, he remains Arsenal’s biggest star alongside Sanchez. All it takes is a moment of brilliance from the German to turn the game on its head.
5) Dele Alli
The midfielder, alongside Harry Kane, has been the flag bearer of Spurs’ rejuvenation under Mauricio Pochettino. Alli exemplifies everything Pochettino believes in. Young, precocious talent, Englishman, and a player brought out of obscurity to become one of the biggest stars of the modern football; the midfielder has seen a dramatic turn of fortunes. From a largely unknown player at MK Dons to becoming one of Barca’s transfer targets to replace ageing Andres Iniesta, Alli has come a long way. Spurs’ rejuvenation is a thing of beauty; however, with the club having to finance the cost for the new stadium, the wage structure has taken a huge blow, which in turn has led to Walker’s departure and Rose’ candid discontentment. How long Spurs can keep the team together is a topic for another day. For now, Alli and Spurs would be focussed to continue their progress and win a trophy this season.
4) Sadio Mane
While Coutinho’s transfer saga may have taken the majority of the limelight at Anfield this summer, the truth is that Liverpool look the same threat going forward despite the continued absence of their star. Huge credit of Liverpool’s potent attack goes to Sadio Mane. The Senegalese has been a revelation ever since his move from Southampton. The attacking midfielder is a tailor made for Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football and has thus been a success for the Reds. He has already scored in each of the opening three games and looks set to have a big season at the Merseyside.
3) Christian Eriksen
The Dane international is finally living up to his potential after a slow start to life in England. He is now a key cog of Pochettino’s setup, creating chances from out of nothing. His assists tally and flexibility to play in all three positions behind the striker has helped him grow his game. The fact that Barcelona were keen on Eriksen is a testament to Eriksen’s quality. As Spurs hope to go one better in the league race this season, a lot will depend on Eriksen’s ability.
2) Mohammed Salah
If Mane has created havoc in the premier league from the left side this season, Salah has been equally potent on the right. The duo’s pace has already created a massive problem for the premier league defenders. Salah has seemingly settled in nicely in Premier league this time around, contrary to his awful short stay with Chelsea. The Egyptian’s energy will be crucial as the season gets tiring.
1) Philippe Coutinho
While he may have handed in a transfer request, Liverpool’s stern stance on rejecting any offers for the Brazilian means a move is unlikely this summer. If he does indeed stay, Coutinho will only add more craft to the already threatening Liverpool front line this season. The Brazilian has all the necessary attributes and environment to grow into a fine footballer at Anfield. He cannot be faulted for being tempted by Barcelona; however, he is looking at a Gerrard like status at the club if he stays put.