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Ranking top 10 Premier League players in each position


All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season.

From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.

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For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, it is time to rank the top 10 players in each position based on their form this season.

Feel free to join in down below in the comments section. Here it goes…


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates the opening goal scored by Juan Mata (not pictured) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on March 2, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  1. David De Gea
  2. Hugo Lloris
  3. Petr Cech
  4. Jack Butland
  5. Joe Hart
  6. Kasper Schmeichel
  7. Fraser Forster
  8. Adrian
  9. Thibaut Courtois
  10. Simon Mignolet

Right backs

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal leaps to control the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

  1. Hector Bellerin
  2. Nathaniel Clyne
  3. Kyle Walker
  4. Branislav Ivanovic
  5. Danny Simpson
  6. Ivo Pinto
  7. Seamus Coleman
  8. Daryl Janmaat
  9. Joel Ward
  10. Antonio Valencia

Left backs

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Emre Can of Liverpool and Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on October 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

  1. Danny Rose
  2. Ryan Bertrand
  3. Aaron Cresswell
  4. Nacho Monreal
  5. Christian Fuchs
  6. Charlie Daniels
  7. Patrick Van Aanholt
  8. Aleksandar Kolarov
  9. Cesar Azpilicueta
  10. Pape Souare

Central defenders

Crucial players such as Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Riyad Mahrez, and others all maintained a pristine bill of health throughout the season (Photo: Getty Images)

  1. Wes Morgan
  2. Robert Huth
  3. Toby Alderweireld
  4. Virgil Van Dijk
  5. Jan Vertonghen
  6. Laurent Koscielny
  7. John Terry
  8. Vincent Kompany
  9. Chris Smalling
  10. Lamine Kone

Central midfielders

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Ngolo Kante of Leicester City holds off pressure from Winston Reid of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on April 17, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

  1. N'Golo Kante
  2. Danny Drinkwater
  3. Eric Dier
  4. Mousa Dembele
  5. Fernandinho
  6. Victor Wanyama
  7. Lucas Leiva
  8. Cheikhou Kouyate
  9. Francis Coquelin
  10. Ibrahim Afellay

Wingers/wide forwards

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Swansea City at The King Power Stadium on April 24, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  1. Riyad Mahrez
  2. Kevin De Bruyne
  3. Anthony Martial
  4. Alexis Sanchez
  5. Willian
  6. Marc Albrighton
  7. Sadio Mane
  8. Michail Antonio
  9. Andros Townsend
  10. Adam Lallana

Attacking midfielders/playmakers

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 10: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on April 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  1. Dele Alli
  2. Mesut Ozil
  3. Dimitri Payet
  4. David Silva
  5. Philippe Coutinho
  6. Gylfi Sugurdsson
  7. Christian Eriksen
  8. Roberto Firmino
  9. Dusan Tadic
  10. Georginio Wijnaldum


LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  1. Harry Kane
  2. Jamie Vardy
  3. Sergio Aguero
  4. Romelu Lukaku
  5. Daniel Sturridge
  6. Marko Arnautovic
  7. Jermain Defoe
  8. Odion Ighalo
  9. Shane Long
  10. Olivier Giroud

Everton 3-0 Norwich: Toffees trounce Canaries in Tim Howard’s finale

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James McCarthy, Kevin Mirallas, and Leighton Baines did their part to send Tim Howard off in style, and Norwich had little to offer the American’s goal as Everton finished a trying season on a high at Goodison Park.

With former manager Roberto Martinez dismissed just days ago, Joe Royle and David Unsworth teamed up to take charge of the Toffees, and they put the home side into the offseason with some positives to look forward to.

Howard was forced into his first save on 9 minutes when a cross from Ivo Pinto from the right was intended for Cameron Jerome, but Howard was able to clear the danger over the end line. Everton went close down the other end as Gareth Barry pilfered the Norwich midfield and found Romelu Lukaku, but his low shot was saved acrobatically by John Ruddy.

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Everton went in front just before the 20 minute mark thanks to a fantastic counter-attack. Howard fed James McCarthy from the box, and the 25-year-old burst forward through the middle. He found Tom Davies on the right, who completely bungled Graham Dorrans. McCarthy picked up the loose ball and rifled home a sparkling shot to give Everton the opening goal.

Both teams lost a player early to injury, with Norwich needing to sub Martin Olsson off after just 10 minutes, while Everton’s Matthew Pennington was replaced just before the half-hour mark. Just after the Toffees sub, they had a chance for a second as Lukaku sprung countrymate Kevin Mirallas free down the left, but his tight shot beat Rudy and also beat the post.

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Norwich had a chance to equalize in the 41st minute as Cameron Jerome laid off perfectly for Matt Jarvis, but his shot went miles over the bar. They would rue the miss. Moments later, a ball for Gareth Barry over the top for Lukaku forced Robbie Brady to pull him back, and as Lukaku went to ground, the referee pointed to the spot. Leighton Baines slammed home the penalty, and Everton went 2-0 up.

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Straight after the break, the Toffees got a third. James McCarthy on the right sprung substitute Jonjoe Kenny down the edge of the box, and he crossed to the other side for a wide open Kevin Mirallas, who finished strongly to put the Toffees clean through.

The three points means Everton jumps above Swansea on goal differential, as the two teams finish the season with 47 points. Norwich end the year in 19th, heading to the Championship having just collected 34 points on the campaign.