We’re in the third week of the Premier League season, and there has been no shortage of excitement. The record for most goals scored in a single week was broken following the 44 goals converted in Matchweek 1. The Premier League is certainly making its case for the most exciting and competitive league in the world.
Top players can be arguably found within every club in the league, and with so much action going on it can be hard to keep track of who are the best players to look out for, especially with the end of the transfer window quickly approaching.
The top six sides are notorious for housing the best players since these clubs are usually competing in European competitions like the Champions League and Europa League. Here is a breakdown of some of the most notable players on clubs expected to finish in the top half of the league.
The reigning champions continue to field their heavily talented squad from last year with a couple of additions from the transfer market.
Two stand-outs to look out for this season are new midfield signing Thiago Alcântara and right back Trent Alexander-Arnold. Thiago, coming off a grandiose treble-winning season with Bayern Munich, would add even more structure to Liverpool’s already robust midfield. After coming on as a substitute for only 45 minutes, Thiago quickly made headlines by breaking the Premier League record for most successful passes by a player who played a maximum of 45 minutes, with 75 against Chelsea.
Alexander-Arnold recorded 13 assists in the league last season at age 20. It’s going to be fascinating to see what kind of numbers come from Liverpool’s right side as Alexander-Arnold looks to continue his magnificent form.
Manchester City, aside from having an immensely talented squad, struggled defensively last season. The team failed to reach the Champions League semifinals and finished 18 points below Liverpool, falling to second place in the league.
Bernardo Silva, who didn’t see as much playing time last season as one would expect of a player of his caliber, should fight to earn a consistent spot on the starting eleven this season once he returns from injury, and if it’s anything like his previous contributions to the club, opposing sides should be wary of the Portuguese international.
It would be unlawful to make a list of players to look out for and not include Kevin De Bruyne for City. The Belgian footballer won the 2019-20 PFA Player of the Season and his form doesn’t look like it’s slowing down. De Bruyne is often labeled the best midfielder or even best player in the world, registering an incredible 13 goals and 20 assists in the league last season, so he is certainly someone to keep an eye on.
Chelsea endured a huge revamp to its squad this summer with over £250 million spent on incoming players. Although Frank Lampard’s men held their own last season, finishing fourth in the league, Chelsea hopes to accomplish more than that this season with some serious playmakers among its ranks now.
One of the most exciting prospects is American sensation Christian Pulisic, who was injured in the FA Cup Final against Arsenal, but looks to make a strong come back this season joining a new elite attacking force. Pulisic hit the ground running with Chelsea last season, scoring nine goals in just 25 appearances, including a magnificent display against Liverpool where he scored and assisted in an eight-goal thriller.
Headlined by new 21-year-old starboy Kai Havertz, Chelsea has little room for error following such a hefty spending window. Havertz cost the club around £70 million coming from Bayer Leverkusen but many feel it is a justified price for the two-footed midfielder widely considered to be one of the top young prospects in the world.
While the beginning of last season is something Arsenal fans try to forget about, the future could not look brighter with new manager Mikel Arteta bringing the team silverware within his first half season after the sacking of Unai Emery in November.
The Football Association Cup trophy brought confidence and promise to the club and prompted the signing of a contract extension by squad captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. This key signing, along with other transfer targets Arsenal have in mind, should make its future campaigns exciting and see Arsenal as one of Europe’s top clubs again. Recent signing Gabriel Magalhães from Lille has brought a much desired sense of stability to the Arsenal defense; his large stature will be hard to miss when watching what goes down in the Emirates this season.
After spending the majority of last season in the top four, Leicester City dropped to fifth in the end. Brendan Rodger’s Foxes look to come back even stronger this season. However, with European football on the schedule, it will be interesting to see how Leicester fare.
So far Leicester has secured all nine of their possible points with a monumental performance against Manchester City last week. Club and league legend Jamie Vardy, coming off a Golden Boot-winning season, has continued his impressive form, bagging a hat-trick against the Cityzens, comfortably putting Leicester on top of the league. Promising young English talent James Maddison also impressed on the day scoring a screamer off the bench. Leicester put everybody on notice after its historic 2015-16 Premier League championship and has shown it is here to stay.
A potential dark horse candidate for the league this year is Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side, who made big moves in this transfer window. With James Rodriguez joining the ranks from Real Madrid, his elite playmaking ability should supply the Toffees' growing attack with plenty of service. So far, Everton has also secured nine points and James has had a heavy hand in it, bagging a goal and an assist already. He’s had an impressive start considering the switch to a new league.
On the other end of the pitch, the addition of defensive midfielder Allan from Napoli has provided a much needed backbone for the team. Paired with Abdoulaye Doucouré in the center of the field, Everton should feel secure going forward in attack. With one of the most renowned managers in the world in Ancelotti at the helm, the Merseyside club will be a difficult one to beat this season.