Following the conclusion of the 19/20 Premier League season, it’s now time to reflect on which stars have shined the brightest over the past 12 months.
Newly-crowned champions Liverpool reached their highest top-flight points total to clinch their first league title in 30 years, with countless top-drawer performances from Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Meanwhile, despite a below-par display from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, his side still managed to finish in second spot – largely down to a certain Belgian midfielder.
A number of players from the rest of the chasing pack caught the eye, with a surprise package from Burnley and a Janaury signing that helped propel his side into the Champions League places.
Here, we take a look at which stars stood out the most in the Premier League this season.
GK – Nick Pope
Burnley’s Nick Pope has been a revelation in between the sticks for Sean Dyche’s men this campaign.
Despite losing out on the Golden Glove award to Manchester City’s Ederson by a single clean sheet on the final day, the Clarets’ keeper helped lead his side to a top-half finish.
With a number of eye catching saves, Pope kept out 70% of the shots he faced across the season and will likely be the subject of much speculation this summer.
RB – Trent Alexander-Arnold
After firmly cementing his place in the Liverpool team last season, Trent Alexander-Arnold has taken his game to another level over the past year.
Alongside being part of the meanest defence in the league – conceding just 33 goals – the impressive youngster notched four strikes of his own and registered 13 assists.
Although speculation continues around where the 21-year-old’s best postion lies in the future, he has now established himself as the best right-back in English football.
CB – Virgil Van Dijk
Once again, Virgil Van Dijk has proven precisely why he is widely regarded as the top defender in the Premier League.
The Liverpool centre-half was a mountain at the back for the champions as he played every single minute of the campaign.
The Dutchman’s ability to play out from the back – combined with his accurate long balls – helped start a number of the Reds’ attacks and his five league goals were also valuable to his side.
CB – Caglar Soyuncu
Following Harry Maguire’s big-money move to Manchester United last summer, Caglar Soyuncu had huge boots to fill this season.
But the 24-year-old rose to the challenge and put in a number of excellent displays at the heart of Leicester City’s defence, with his side just missing out on a Champions League spot on the final day.
The Turkish international had a 90% pass success rate and made two thirds of his tackles – making him the ideal modern centre-back.
LB – Andy Robertson
Yet another member of that stubborn Liverpool backline to make it into the best XI, Andy Robertson had another superb campaign.
While the Scot’s defensive game continues to improve, his marauding displays down the left flank were vital in providing opportunities for his teammates, with the left-back notching 12 assists along the way.
Just like Alexander-Arnold, Robertson is comfortably the best player in his position in the English game.
CM – Kevin De Bruyne
Despite being part of a Manchester City side that fell well below their levels of the past two seasons, Kevin De Bruyne upped his game and put in some sensational performances.
The Belgian playmaker’s inch-perfect crosses and incicisve balls through to the Citizen’s attackers led to him equalling Thierry Henry’s 17-year assist record, after setting up 20 goals for his teammates.
De Bruyne was the best individual player in the league this season and you’ll struggle to find another midfielder on the planet that is playing at the same level as him right now.
CM – Jordan Henderson
In the heart of Liverpool’s midfield, captain Jordan Henderson’s desire and commitment set the tone for his team.
The Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year deserves great credit for his combative and consistent displays in front of the Reds’ backline.
Henderson also scored four goals and registered five assists on his way to lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time.
CM – Bruno Fernandes
It’s certainly no mean feat to be named in the Premier League team of the season, having only joined the league in January.
But Bruno Fernandes played a significant role in helping Manchester United reach the Champions League places and claw back a 14-point gap on Leicester City, following a 14-game unbeaten league run since his arrival.
The midfield meastro scored an impressive eight goals and registered seven assists.
FW – Sadio Mane
Picking the best front three this year has been incredibly difficult, but Sadio Mane’s impact on Liverpool claiming the title was unquestionable.
The pacey forward was arguably the league’s best player before Christmas, as his side built up an unassailable lead at the top of the table.
Mane scored 18 goals and recorded nine asissts in his 35 matches.
FW – Jamie Vardy
To claim the Premier League Golden Boot for the very first time aged 33 is a fantastic achievement from Jamie Vardy.
Danny Ings is unfortunate to just miss out on a place in the team – sitting just a single goal behind his fellow striker in the rankings.
But, as the focal point of Leicester City’s attack, Vardy’s 23 strikes helped his side secure a spot in the Europa League next season, even though they will be disappointed to have just missed out on a top-four finish.
FW – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been one of the league’s most consistent players since his arrival in North London in 2018.
Despite playing as a left forward in a struggling Arsenal side for most of the season, the Gabon international scored 22 goals to match his tally from the 18/19 campaign.
Aubameyang’s goals alone earned a whopping 37.5% of the Gunners’ points for the entire season. They must now secure his long-term future.
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