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English Premier League Best Players for Match Day 1

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EPL Ranking for day 1

English Premier League (EPL) is one of the best and  very exciting soccer league in the world. The 2017/2018 season kicked off last weekend and matches were played 11th, 12th and 13th of August. It was a weekend filled with excitements, drama, surprises, lot of goals and prospects. The first game of all the teams showed that there could be surprises by the time the season concludes. It showed also that there would be lot of goals scored during this season. It won’t be surprising if the highest goal scorer exceeds the 30 goal mark. For sure the English Premier League (EPL) will be very competitive in all aspect this season. My main interest here is to delineate the EPL ranking of day 1 for players at the various positions or categories.

Though it may look early to start talking about EPL ranking of players, yet, it will serve to give us an overview of players that may do well for the 2017/2018 premier league season. As the season progresses, some of the best players will continue to develop and do better while we still have to be open for late starters. For sure, there will be players that will pick up later into the season. So we are aware of this fact.

This EPL ranking of players for day 1 is credited to Sam Tighe of Bleacher Report and Whoscored.com.

English Premier League Ranking for Goalkeepers

It will surprise you who top the list here. I think you would have guessed that maybe David De Gea of Manchester United or Thibaut Courtios of Chelsea would be among the top three. However, Courtios of  Chelsea did not make the list. It is not surprising because he had three goals pass him. David De Gea is not among the top three because he was really not much in action due to a very fortified defensive and attacking play by Manchester United. You could count how many times he touched the ball with his hands. So the surprising name that top the list is Jonas Lossl of Huddersfield. Though it was his premier league debut with his team mates, he made some superb stops  and got his distribution of the ball perfect. He came out from the game with clean sheet. What a way to make a debut in the premier league as a goalkeeper.

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Top 10 Goalkeepers
  1. Jonas Lossl – Huddersfield
  2. Jordan Pickford – Everton
  3. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham
  4. Tom Heaton – Burnley
  5. Lukasz Fabianski – Swansea City
  6. Ben Foster – West Brom
  7. David De Gea – Manchester United
  8. Ederson Moraes – Manchester City
  9. Fraser Foster – Southampton
  10. Mat Ryan – Brighton

EPL Ranking of Right-Backs/Right-Wing-Backs

Kyle Walker of Manchester City is the number one in this group. The reason for this is because he played a great game in the first game against Brighton. His defensive and offensive capability made him exceptional. He has been an outstanding right-back player since he was playing for Tottenham Hotspur. It is not surprising therefore why Man City snatched him away from them. Last weekend he showed that he is one of the best right-back in the English Premier League (EPL).

Top 10 right-backs/right-wing-backs
  1. Kyle Walker – Manchester City
  2. Cedric Soares – Southampton
  3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton
  4. Kyle Walker-Peters – Tottenham
  5. Antonio Valencia – Manchester United
  6. Matthew Lowton – Burnley
  7. Allan Nyom – West Brom
  8. Hector Bellerin – Arsenal
  9. Simon Francis – Bournemouth
  10. Javi Manquillo – Newcastle United

Left – Backs/Left-Wing-Backs

  1. Ben Davies – Tottenham Hotspur
  2. Daley Blind – Manchester United
  3. Chris Lowe – Huddersfield
  4. Stephen Ward – Burnley
  5. Ryan Bertrand – Southampton
  6. Chris Brunt – West Brom
  7. Leighton Baines – Everton
  8. Danilo – Manchester City
  9. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Arsenal
  10. Marcos Alonso – Chelsea

Top 20 Center-Backs

  1. Ahmed Hegazi – West Brom
  2. Zanka – Huddersfield
  3. Sead Kolasinac – Arsenal
  4. Ben Mee – Burnley
  5. Alfie Mawson – Swansea City
  6. Federico Fernandez – Swansea City
  7. Christopher Schindler – Huddersfield
  8. Eric Bailly – Manchester United
  9. Phil Jones – Manchester United
  10. Michael Keane – Everton
  11. John stones – Manchester City
  12. Vincent Kompany – Manchester City
  13. Jack Stephens – Southampton
  14. Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham
  15. Toby Alderweireld – Tottenham
  16. Craig Dawson – West Brom
  17. Eric Dier – Tottenham
  18. James Tarkowski – Burnsley
  19. Phil Jagielka – Everton
  20. Kurt Zouma – Stoke City

Having 20 names in this list highlight how contested this position is for week 1. It is the most difficult position to make a decision in the ranking. Ahmed Hegazi made the number 1 position. He scored the only goal in his game and kept a clean sheet for his team.

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Top 20 Defensive Midfielders/Central Midfielders

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were exceptional for Manchester United’s defeat of West Ham at the weekend. Their display at the weekend makes them deserve the number one and two spots.

  1. Paul Pogba – Manchester United
  2. Nemanja Matic – Manchester United
  3. Aaron Mooy – Huddersfield
  4. Steven Defour –  Burnley
  5. Jack Cork – Burnley
  6. David Silva – Manchester City
  7. Mousa Dembele – Tottenham
  8. Oriol Romeu – Southampton
  9. Aboulaye Doucoure – Watford
  10. Jeff Hendrick – Burnley
  11. Fernandinho – Manchester City
  12. Philip Billing – Huddersfield
  13. Idrissa Gueye – Everton
  14. Jake Livermore – west Brom
  15. Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal
  16. Granit Xhaka – Arsenal
  17. Tom Cleverley – Watford
  18. Steven Davis – Southampton
  19. N’Golo Kante – Chelsea
  20. Emre Can – Liverpool

Top 20 Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

The first five of this list is dominated by Manchester United and Tottenham players. It delineates  how they dominated their opponents in match week 1.

  1. Christian Eriksen – Tottenham
  2. Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
  3. Dele Alli – Tottenham
  4. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Manchester United
  5. Juan Mata – Manchester United
  6. Sadio Mane – Liverpool
  7. Anthony Martial – Manchester United
  8. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
  9. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
  10. Robbie Brady – Burnley
  11. Danny Welbeck – Arsenal
  12. Elias Kachunga – Huddersfield
  13. Tom Ince – Huddersfield
  14. Kasey Palmer – Huddersfield
  15. Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Crystal Palace
  16. Nathan Redmond – Southampton
  17. Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City
  18. Dusan Tadic – Southampton
  19. Matt Philips – West Brom
  20. Wilfred Zaha – Crystal Palace

Top 10 Strikers

The top three strikers was difficult to decide. All of them (top three) scored twice in the game. The number one spot fell for Lukaku of Manchester United. The ease with which he scored his goals and the way he was able to make the the defence of West Ham looked really ordinary despite a very strong show, gave a slight edge against others.

  1. Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United
  2. Sam Vokes – Burnley
  3. Steve Mounie – Huddersfield
  4. Jamie Vardy – Leicester City
  5. Alvaro Morata – Chelsea
  6. Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal
  7. Roberto Firmino – Liverpool
  8. Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City
  9. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
  10. Harry Kane – Tottenham

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