The EPL is one of the toughest and the most competitive leagues globally due to the abundance of high-profile names.
Over the years, high-profile names like Gary Neville, Alan Shearer, David Beckham, and Patrick Vieira featured for some of the biggest clubs in the division.
This season isn’t short of what we’re used to seeing with the introduction of some of the most exciting footballers, including Erling Haaland, Casemiro, Julian Alvarez, and Cody Gakpo.
Interesting Football compiles the top 10 best players in the EPL this season 2023/2024.
1. Erling Haaland
Haaland has left pundits searching for fresh ways to praise his exploits at City. In just a year, he has made Premier League defences look like amateurs, with no signs of anyone cracking the code to stop him.
At 23, he has already notched up eight goals in the new season, and it is a safe bet that there is more to come. It would take a bold soul to wager against him, surpassing his record for the most goals in a single season, achieved in his debut year.
Count on Haaland to consistently be in the right place at the right time; that makes him the standout striker of his generation.
2. Son Hueng-Min
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Son inherited the captaincy at Spurs after the departure of Harry Kane to Germany. On September 2nd, he achieved a milestone by scoring his inaugural hat-trick as the club’s captain in a 5–2 victory over Burnley.
Later, on September 24th, he secured two crucial equalizers in a 2–2 draw against Arsenal in the North London derby, reaching a milestone of 150 goals for Spurs, marking his 149th and 150th goals in the derby.
Post-match, manager Ange Postecoglou praised Son’s leadership and playing prowess, highlighting his exceptional work ethic, team-first mentality, and effectiveness in the number nine position.
Man City with & without Rodri in the Premier League since he joined the club 🔵
How much of a miss will he be vs Wolves & Arsenal? 👀 pic.twitter.com/X784d9fNNT
— LiveScore (@livescore) September 30, 2023
Rodri’s claim to the title of the best defensive midfielder in Europe is beyond dispute. He was pivotal in guiding City to a treble, clinching the winner in the Champions League final.
In the current 2023-24 season, the 27-year-old is displaying unwavering motivation, setting the tempo for City as they chase more silverware. Initially brought in by Guardiola as Fernandinho’s successor, Rodri has now proven to be a substantial upgrade over the Brazilian.
His performance for City has been flawless, with no discernible weaknesses in his game. City is fortunate to have the former Atletico Madrid player in their ranks.
4. Julian Alvarez
Despite Julian Alvarez’s impressive tally of 17 goals in 23 starts for City last season, his contribution went somewhat unnoticed due to Haaland’s record-breaking performances stealing the spotlight.
This season, there is a dynamic shift as Alvarez now occupies a central position behind Haaland.
This change has quickly proven beneficial, with the Argentine scoring only twice and providing three assists. He has effectively filled the creative vacuum left by De Bruyne’s injury. Additionally, the partnership seems to enhance Haaland’s threat on the field.
5. James Maddison
Tottenham made a savvy move by splashing out £40m ($50m) to secure the services of James Maddison from Leicester City after their relegation to the Championship.
This transfer is quickly emerging as the standout bargain of the summer. The 26-year-old playmaker has made an immediate impact, scoring twice and providing two assists in his first five appearances for Spurs.
He has formed a quick and effective partnership with Son and Dejan Kulusevski. Maddison’s exceptional passing abilities, goal-scoring instincts, and expertise in set-pieces make him a crucial asset for Postecoglou’s team. Tottenham can count on the English international to deliver moments of brilliance in the most closely contested matches.
6. Ruben Dias
🗣️ Rúben Dias:
“More beautiful than doing it once is doing it twice, more beautiful than three in a row is four.” pic.twitter.com/Q6tzKjkzC5
— mcfc lads (@mcfc_lads) October 3, 2023
City is not just leading the charts as the top scorers in the Premier League after five matches; they also boast the best defensive record, conceding only three goals.
This defensive prowess is attributed mainly to the reliability of Ruben Dias, the sole player in Guardiola’s lineup seemingly immune to rotation.
The Portuguese maestro in defense showcases exceptional positional awareness and top-notch technical abilities. These qualities have earned him the responsibility of leading the team in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne. Stats: 3 clean sheets in 5 matches
7. Bryan Mbeumo
Brentford emerged as a surprise contender in the Premier League last season, largely fueled by Ivan Toney’s 20 goals in 33 appearances. In Toney’s absence, Bryan Mbeumo has seamlessly taken on the responsibility.
The Frenchman has already netted four goals, and his most remarkable contribution was a late equaliser against Bournemouth. Mbeumo showcased his skill by leaving Milos Kerkez behind with a breathtaking turn before finishing with finesse.
This underscores that Mbeumo is not just a temporary solution in the absence of Toney; he is a formidable force in his own right.
8. Evan Ferguson
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Brighton is poised for another potentially historic season, thanks to their impressive squad depth, especially in attacking positions.
Under De Zerbi’s management, Joao Pedro, Ansu Fati, Danny Welbeck, and Julio Enciso are available options, complementing the emergence of English football’s latest young sensation.
Evan Ferguson, though struggling with full-match fitness this season, has already netted four goals in five appearances, including a remarkable hat-trick against Newcastle. Brighton recognises Ferguson’s undeniable talent and aims to unlock his full potential.
9. Moussa Diaby
Aston Villa secured Moussa Diaby in July, making him their most expensive signing ever at £52 million ($65 million). The 24-year-old is already proving his worth, demonstrating a dynamic turn of pace and a wealth of skill.
His versatility allows him to play various positions in Villa’s attacking lineup. Despite Unai Emery’s team beginning the season with inconsistency and defensive vulnerabilities, the goal-scoring department seems secure, with Diaby spearheading their offensive efforts.
10. Declan Rice
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Declan Rice tonight:
👌 128 touches (second-most in his entire career)
👟 104 accurate passes (third-most in his entire career)
🤺 6/6 ground duels won (second career appearance with 6+ contested and a 100% success rate)
— Sofascore (@SofascoreINT) October 3, 2023
Declan Rice, Arsenal’s record-breaking £105 million ($131m) signing, has effortlessly transitioned from West Ham to the Emirates Stadium.
Instead of joining Guardiola’s dominant side at City, he chose to make the move across London. Rice has quickly become a staple in Arteta’s starting lineup, winning over supporters with a vital late goal that propelled Arsenal to a crucial home victory against Manchester United in August.
Renowned for his unparalleled skills in ball recoveries and interceptions, the 24-year-old is not only a defensive force but is also showcasing an increasing threat in attacking play with each passing game.
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