Premier League Best Starting XI for 2019-20 (So Far…)

Posted By Chops on March 21, 2020

With the Premier League on hiatus until at least May, let’s evaluate who has had the best seasons to date.

Most clubs have completed three-fourths of their matches. That’s a large enough sample size to suggest there won’t be too much movement if the season’s final 9-10 games are played.

To fit the most deserving players in, we’ll go with a 4-4-2 line-up. Back-ups will be listed at the end.

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Premier League Best XI of 2019-20

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Two relatively easy choices here. While Jamie Vardy’s goal total has been aided by 4 converted penalties, he’s still the Golden Boot leader with 19. If Vardy wasn’t converting his shots and such an absurd rate this season, Leicester probably isn’t a Champions League lock.

Sergio Aguero is always under-recognized. He has 16 goals and is scoring one every 88 minutes. That’s easily the best figure in the Premier League. The next best is Vardy with a goal per 117 minutes.

Midfielders

Speaking of under-recognized, I’d like to introduce you to Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian King has 16 goals and 6 assists. Replicating his historic 2017-18 season was never going to happen–but he’s been the Premier League’s most productive offensive player the past 3 seasons.

On the other side of the pitch is Sadio Mane, who has been a more consistent threat than Salah this season.

James Maddison has been the driving engine of the Leicester attack. He’s going to have every major club calling the Foxes this off-season.

Kevin de Bruyne is the best player in the Premier League this season. With 8 goals and 16 assists, he leads the EPL in total goals as well as most chances created.

Defenders

Like last year, this is dominated by Liverpool’s backline. Andy Robertson hasn’t had quite as good of a campaign as his breakthrough last season, but he’s still tallied 1 goal and 7 assists.

On the other flank, Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best right-back in the world. Only KdB has created more chances than TAA. His 12 assists are second in the EPL this season.

Virgil van Dijk isn’t having the PFA Player of the Year type season as he did in 2018-19, but he’s still the best CB in the EPL. Joining him in the middle is…and I can’t believe this…but Harry Maguire. He’s grown into a real leader for Manchester United as the season has gone and helped improve what was a shaky backline.

Goalkeeper

This was easily the most difficult decision. If Alisson had played just 2-3 more games, he’d be the choice. He’s second in clean sheets (10, behind Nick Pope). Ultimately this goes to Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka. He leads the Premier League in saves. Newcastle has the worst xPTs in the EPL and would be in the relegation zone without him.

Reserves

In no particular order:

  • Ricardo Pereira: Solid all around, contributing both to Leicester attack (3 goals, 2 assists, 2 completed dribblers / game) and defensively (4.3 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 2.8 clearances).
  • Aaron Wan-Bisaka: Is living up to the hefty price tag and improving as the season has gone on.
  • Wilfred Ndidi: Leicester’s poor run of recent form coincides with their DMC getting injured. He’s been Kante-esque this season.
  • Adama Traore: Beasting this season, the real engine driving Wolves.
  • Jordan Henderson: PFA Player of the Year candidate. Having the best season of his career. Stunning difference when he’s in the line-up for the Reds.
  • Richarlison: Has really sprung to life under Ancelotti.
  • Dean Henderson: Tempted again to go with Alisson, but Henderson has been one of the many reasons Sheffield is surprising the league. Heir apparent to David de Gea at ManU?

 

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