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Premier League Title Contenders

We are now about 4 games in to this season and just as everyone predicted Everton is undefeated at the top of the table…

With that being said let’s now take a look at the contenders to actually finish the season at the top.

Everton

               I suppose it only makes sense to start with Everton seeing as how they are currently in first. To start off the year, Everton has been in incredible form and to be fair they do look like a legitimate threat. They have done a great job in the transfer window in transforming their midfield with the additions of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure. In addition to that they brought in a new center back from Norwich in Ben Godfrey. Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks to have really progressed as a player and is scoring goals for fun so far, tied for the league lead with 6.  The moves look to have paid off so far, but the true tests will come when Everton has games against some of the other top teams in the league.

Arsenal

               Arsenal have also been able to get off to a good start to begin the season. They look like a much more complete team with Mikel Arteta at the helm, along with some of the new signings that have been brought in. The most important of those signings has to be Thomas Partey who could be a perfect fit in the Arsenal midfield. In defense, Gabriel looks the part of a world class center back so far and could end up being one of the steals of the transfer window. All in all, Arsenal really do look the part of a legitimate contender and could be in the mix at the very top when all is said and done.

Tottenham

               Jose Mourinho seems to have stabilized Tottenham to a degree after Mauricio Pochettino left the club. As with past seasons though, they will be relying a lot upon Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. The good news is, Son has gotten off to a fantastic start and is currently tied for the goalscoring lead with 6 goals. The bad news is they don’t have too much going on in terms of depth in attack (other than bringing Gareth Bale back into the fold), so it could be tough for them to keep up the pace for an entire season.

Chelsea

               Looks like Chelsea’s transfer embargo has been lifted. They were definitely the most active team in terms of the transfer market this go around, strengthening every area of the team. Some of the main players who were brought in include Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakin Ziyech, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva. That’s a lot of new faces. On paper, Chelsea surely has one of the strongest teams in the Premier League but in order for it all to pan out Frank Lampard will need to seamlessly work all of these new faces into the team. Chelsea definitely seems like they’ll be in the thick of it come season’s end.

Manchester City

               Struggles abound for City to start off the season. Once again it looks like the problems are in the defense, and to their credit City have brought in (more) reinforcements. Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias have both been brought in, with Ake splitting time at CB and LB. Dias seems to be forming a good partnership with Aymeric Laporte that could effectively shore up the defense. But City will need to be more consistent this year if they want a legitimate shot to win the Premier League, and so far that hasn’t been the case.

Liverpool

               Liverpool is probably the odds on favorite to win the Premier League, but even they haven’t been able to start the season in perfect form. Their 7-2 loss to Aston Villa was unexpected to say the least and shows that Liverpool may not be the unbeatable giant that they were last season. Even with the unexpected start, I would still rate them as the favorite to come out of the season on top of the league, with the recent addition of Thiago potentially being a game changer for them.

Conclusion

               It may be the lack of a preseason and very little rest time from last season, but a lot of teams look very sloppy to start the season. I don’t believe there will any runaway teams this year, and it will most likely be a very tight race to the finish with Liverpool the most likely winner at this early juncture.

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Top 10 Premier League Players

This is a ranking of the top 10 players in the Premier League for the current 2020-2021 season. Of course this is a widely debatable subject, but I’ve done my best to think this through in order to come up with the most comprehensive list possible. Before you read on, if your favorite player isn’t listed below then you can just assume that they’re a part of the honorable mention section that I haven’t bothered to write. That being said, here we go:

Number 10: Andrew Robertson

               Andrew Robertson is the first half of Liverpool’s current dynamic duo of outside backs that have been terrorizing the Premier League for the last two years. A focal point in the Liverpool team, Robertson was able to bag 12 assists last season and has been able to start the current season with 1 goal and 1 assist from 4 appearances. Andrew Robertson is the current cream of the crop in terms of Premier League left backs.

Number 9: Son Heung-min

               Son has proven himself to be one of the best players in the Premier League, regardless of position over the last two years. His current form puts him right at the top of the list of attackers with 6 goals and an assist over 4 appearances. If he keeps it up he could even challenge for Golden Boot honors at seasons end.

Number 8: Mohamed Salah

               The current face of the Liverpool side, Salah is one of the most accomplished attackers in the world over the last few seasons. Although he enjoyed a slightly less fruitful season last year, Salah has gotten off to a blazing start over the course of this new season with 5 goals in the opening 4 games. When Salah is on top of his game, he is one of the best in the world.

Number 7: Jamie Vardy

               Time and time again, everyone expects Vardy to fall back to normal levels, and time and time again he keeps the Vardy Party rolling. After winning the Golden Boot last season with 23 goals, he’s continued with his scoring prowess notching 5 more in his first 4 appearances. Leicester will once again challenge for Champions League spots as long as Vardy is at the helm.

Number 6: Trent Alexander-Arnold

               Even at the ripe age of 22, Trent is the best right back in all of the premier league and possibly the world. Coming in second place in terms of assists in the 19/20 season with 13, Trent is an valuable part of Liverpool’s fantastic defense and he should only continue to get better and better.

Number 5: Raheem Sterling

               Raheem Sterling has grown from wonderkid at Liverpool to one of the best overall talents in the Premier League for Manchester City. With 20 goals in the 19/20 season and 1 goal/1 assist in his first 3 games this season, Raheem seems to have finally found his goalscoring boots (aside from that disastrous shot against Lyon).

Number 4: Sadio Mane

               Sadio Mane may have overtaken Salah as Liverpool’s most important attacking player. He was absolutely vital for the Reds in their successful quest to win the Premier League last season with 18 goals. He has also started with 3 in 3 to open up his goalscoring account so far this season. Liverpool will need him to keep it up if they want a chance for back to back Premier League crowns.

Number 3: Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng

               The lone Arsenal player listed in the top 10, Aubamayeng is far and away their most important player. With his 22 goals last season, he has shown that he can be a force to be reckoned with and with Arsenal hoping to challenge for Champions League places they will need him to be at his best. With 1 goal and 1 assist so far this season he seems to be living up to that billing.

Number 2: Kevin De Bruyne

               What to even say about Kevin De Bruyne, it was an extremely tight one between him and the man in first place on this list but that is to no fault of Kevin himself. De Bruyne was able to turn in one of the most impressive seasons in Premier League history last year by tying Thierry Henry for the single season assist record with 20. He is a complete football player and very well may be the best midfielder on the planet.

Number 1: Virgil Van Dijk

               Virgil Van Dijk is currently the best player in the Premier League and it’s very well deserved. As a center back, VVD doesn’t have the stats to match up with anyone else on this list but it’s clear just from watching a single Liverpool game how talented he is. He was instrumental in Liverpool’s title winning defense as the best central defender in the Premier League. He deserves the current top spot but will need to maintain his high levels of play in order to keep it.