With 2015 coming to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the best players in the Premier League.
From goalkeepers to goalscorers, the list has been narrowed down to 50 players who had the best year. Keep in mind, this is not the best players of this season, but of the 2015 calendar year as a whole.
Without further adieu…
50. Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
49. Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United)
48. N'Golo Kante (Leicester City)
47. Winston Reid (West Ham United)
46. Graziano Pelle (Southampton)
45. Ross Barkley (Everton)
44. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
43. Odion Ighalo (Watford)
42. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)
41. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
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40. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton/Manchester United)
39. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa/Liverpool)
38. Jack Butland (Stoke City)
37. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
36. Joe Hart (Manchester City)
35. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
34. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)
33. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
32. Fernandinho (Manchester City)
31. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)
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30. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
29. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)
28. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
27. Diego Costa (Chelsea)
26. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace)
25. Juan Mata (Manchester United)
24. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
23. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool/Manchester City)
22. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
21. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
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20. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
19. Jose Fonte (Southampton)
18. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)
17. John Stones (Everton)
16. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
15. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
14. Sadio Mane (Southampton)
13. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
12. Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
11. Willian (Chelsea)
10. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
Cazorla is one of the most consistent players in the Arsenal side, and I thought his omission from the PFA Team of the Year last season was a huge snub. The Spaniard is so creative offensively with the ball, but has also done well sitting in a more defensive role as well.
9. Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Smalling has developed into one of the top center-backs in the Premier League, and has been one of the few bright spots in a relatively disappointing season for Manchester United. His size allows him to physically dominate the opposition and win balls in the air, and his leadership on the pitch is constantly growing.
8. Toby Alderweireld (Southampton/Tottenham Hotspur)
Last season, Southampton had the second-best defensive record in the league. This season, Tottenham have the best defensive record in the league. Toby Alderweireld’s presence in both of those back-lines is the main reason for those records, as the Belgian has become one of Europe’s elite central defenders.
7. Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
The 22-year-old is having himself a career year, currently with 19 Premier League goals in 2015. His combination of size, speed, and strength is arguably the best in England, and the big Belgian is proving he was worth the club-record transfer fee.
6. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Although currently out with injury, there’s no denying the brilliance of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has scored 12 goals in 2015 and is one of the hardest marks in the Premier League, with lightning pace and quick feet. When healthy and in form, the Arsenal man was unstoppable.
5. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Last season’s Golden Boot winner, Sergio Aguero has 19 goals in the 2015 calendar year. When healthy, he is the best striker in the Premier League and one of the best goalscorers in the world. Unfortunately, health has been an issue for Aguero, and is the only reason he isn’t higher up the list.
4. David Silva (Manchester City)
While Aguero scores the goals, David Silva pulls the strings at Manchester City. The Spanish magician controls the tempo of the midfield, and his vision and creativity is unparalleled. He won’t light up the scoresheet with goals and assists, but the eye-test doesn’t lie with David Silva. If you watch a City game, there’s a good chance you’ll leave saying he was the best player on the pitch.
3. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
No one has scored as many Premier League goals as Harry Kane in 2015, as the Tottenham striker has found the back of the net a ridiculous 27 times this calendar year. From an unknown Spurs youth player to a starter on the English national team, Kane’s meteoric rise has taken the Premier League by storm. Still just 22-years-old, expect Harry to be one of the top strikers in the league for years to come.
2. David De Gea (Manchester United)
Remember when everyone thought David de Gea was going to Real Madrid this summer? Manchester United fans are happy that deal fell through. In a 2015 that saw many ups-and-downs at Old Trafford, de Gea’s game stayed at an elite level, now widely considered one of the top goalkeepers in the world. Clearly the best keeper in the Premire League, without de Gea, who knows where United would be right now.
1. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
The Arsenal assist king comes in as the number-one player in the Barclays Premier League for the year of 2015. With six goals and 19 assists, Ozil has become one of the elite playmakers in all of Europe, and his form is a key reason the Gunners are fighting for the title. Since January of 2015, Arsenal have won the most points in the Premier League, and Ozil has been the best player in the side.Follow @KyleLynchFC