Who was the Premier League’s best player? Find out here as we name the 10 best players of the 2019/20 season, statistically speaking.
An 11-month season finally ended on Sunday to cap off a remarkable campaign for Liverpool, who became only the seventh team to win the Premier League. They did so in style as well, breaking records and finishing 18 points above runners-up Manchester City.
On the player front, meanwhile, Jordan Henderson won the Football Writers’ Association’s Football of the Year.
But does Liverpool’s title-winning captain have what it takes to come out on top based on statistics? Turns out he didn’t. In fact, WhoScored rated Henderson as only the 32nd best player of this season.
So now let’s check out the top 10 best Premier League players of the season based solely on WhoScored’s statistics.
10. Harry Kane – 7.33
Despite suffering another injury-troubled campaign, Kane remains as lethal as ever up front with five goals in Tottenham’s last three Premier League games.
The striker quashed fears over an inability to thrive under Jose Mourinho and struck 18 goals in just 29 games. If he stays injury-free next season, a third Golden Boot will surely come his way.
9. James Maddison – 7.34
The 23-year-old is one of the Premier League’s most exciting young talents and was solid for Leicester City in the opening half of the 2019/20 campaign.
Maddison became a key figure behind the Foxes’ challenge for a top-four finish this season, with his incisive passing and set-piece play making him invaluable. Expect more of the same for next season.
8. Raheem Sterling – 7.35
Sterling was brilliant during the first half of this season, prompting comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. They were probably a little far-fetched, but it should take nothing away from his feats.
The 25-year-old winger scored an outstanding 20 goals in his 33 appearances for Manchester City, after all.
Just one assist and a somewhat mid-season slump in form, however, counted against him in these rankings.
7. Marcus Rashford – 7.35
One of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest achievements since taking charge of Manchester United is arguably unleashing the huge potential inside Rashford.
The 22-year-old has always been highly rated at Old Trafford, but he struggled under Jose Mourinho until the Portuguese’s dismissal in December 2018. From that point onwards, Rashford has thrived.
17 goals and 7 assists is a brilliant haul and justify Solskjaer’s decision to sell Romelu Lukaku.
6. Mohamed Salah – 7.40
While Salah will probably be disappointed not to win a third successive Golden Boot, Liverpool’s Premier League title should more than makeup for it.
The Egyptian was as vital as ever for Jurgen Klopp’s side, finishing with double figures for the third in a row. It’s a tremendous achievement, and one that deserves respect.
5. Sadio Mane – 7.45
The Senegalese winger was Liverpool’s best player this season and a serious contender for the PFA Player of the year award.
From the very first whistle, Mane was nothing but brilliant for the Reds and deserves his plaudits. Hopefully, this form will continue for next season and beyond that.
4. Riyad Mahrez – 7.47
The 29-year-old only started 21 times in the Premier League this season but was still one of Manchester City’s best players, bagging 11 goals and nine assists despite his limited opportunities.
Mahrez will hope to stake a claim for a more prominent role in Pep Guardiola’s squad next term.
3. Adama Traore – 7.49
The pacey winger is on every club’s radar this summer following a stunning campaign for Wolves.
Traore has made incredible progress following a bunch of failed spells at Barcelona, Aston Villa, and Middlesbrough. He’s now one of the Premier League’s best players and will surely continue to impress.
Expect Wolves to have a busy summer fending off interest from suitors for Traore.
2. Ricardo Pereira – 7.50
Yes, the Premier League’s best right-back this season was not Trent Alexander-Arnold but Ricardo Pereira – at least that’s what the stats suggest anyway.
The Portugal international was excellent both defensively and offensively for Leicester, helping the Foxes become top-four challengers in the process. We may have heard little about him, but his presence was vital.
1. Kevin De Bruyne – 7.97
To probably nobody’s surprise, De Bruyne takes home the crown of the best Premier League player by a considerable margin.
The Manchester City star equaled Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a single campaign and scored 13 goals, meaning he was directly involved in 33 Premier League goals this season.
No central midfielder has accomplished such a feat in one season since Frank Lampard contributed 36 goals for Chelsea in 2009/10 in 22 goals and 14 assists.