The Premier League’s biggest clubs boast plenty of in-form players
Premier League clubs broke the £1 billion barrier on transfers this summer, however, so far this campaign, only one summer signing who commanded a fee has made the top 10 list of most in-form players in the English top flight, at the moment.
Jurgen Klopp completed the £36 million purchase of Southampton forward Sadio Mane this summer, and the Senegal international has made a fast start to life at Anfield this campaign, as the German’s impact is starting to be realised.
However, surprisingly, the rest of this top 10 are made up of players that didn’t cost a penny this summer – although, Zlatan Ibrahimovic did join Manchester United, but didn’t command a fee in the process.
These 10 players have already netted 35 goals between this summer and it is packed with attacking talent. However, while it may be dominated by players playing for the league’s biggest clubs, there are some interesting additions who, last season, wouldn’t have stood a chance of making this list.
In no particular order, here are the top 10 form players so far this season, and why.
Kevin De Bruyne
Having arrived in the Premier League back in 2012, as one of Belgium’s brightest young talents, it has took the 25-year-old some time to finally settle in England and showcase his qualities on a consist basis.
After a tough spell at Chelsea, the attacking midfielder made a return to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg – following a loan spell at Werder Bremen, while at the Blues – and rightly earned himself a return to the Premier League, this time with Manchester City.
The Belgian made a solid return to the Premier League last campaign, but already looks set to be one of Pep Guardiola’s key players this season, following the Spaniard’s departure, as manager, from Bayern Munich at the end of last season.
De Bruyne may have only netted twice so far this campaign – however, that is still a third of Premier League matches – but he is proving effective on the wing for Guardiola, having already produced four assists, to top the charts in the Premier League.
And another Belgian to add to that list is Hazard. The winger endured a woeful campaign last season, as Chelsea fell out of Europe and finished 10th in the league – which resulted in the ‘Special One’, Jose Mourinho, being sacked before Christmas.
Just the season before, the 25-year-old was named the PFA Player of the Year, as Chelsea won the league. However, trouble within Stamford Bridge meant the Belgium international was one of the league’s biggest and most shocking underperforming talents, last season.
But despite it taking until April for Hazard to net his first league goal of the season, having been a consistent starter throughout the campaign, the Belgian has already twice in the league this season – including on the opening day of the season, in a 2-1 win against West Ham.
Hazard’s other goal came against Burnley, following a sublime run and finish, that helped Antonio Conte’s men to back-to-back home league wins, with a 3-0 win over their Lancashire opponents.
The Brazilian picked up a majority of the end-of-season awards at Liverpool last campaign, after helping the club on their way to a domestic and European cup final – although, they unfortunately finished runners-up in both competitions.
Nonetheless, Coutinho has continued to show why he is one of, if not the most, valuable Liverpool player, having already netted three times this season – twice on the opening day of the campaign, away to Arsenal in a 4-3 win.
Skilful, agile, quick and a fantastic eye for goal, it’s no wonder Barcelona have been tracking the Brazil international. However, Klopp will be adamant the club keep ahold of their star talent in upcoming transfer windows, having also added two assists to his name already this season.
Everyone knows about the young England international this season – much different to last campaign when he made his debut as an unknown late starter against FC Midtjylland, in the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho knows he is guaranteed goals when the 18-year-old striker is on the pitch, and despite bringing in Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, the United youth graduate has continued to show fine form in front of goal.
A very late win away to Hull City secured Jose Mourinho a big three points, thanks to Rashford’s last-gasp strike, while he has also netted in United’s last two league games – away to Watford and at home to Premier League champions Leicester City.
The youngster’s form has been so good that he has even managed to displace captain Wayne Rooney out the team, and forced him into a deeper midfield role, following Ibrahimovic’s arrival. Now the England international will hope to secure a regular starting position under Mourinho.
Arriving as an unknown quantity to the Premier League in 2014, Mane has burst onto the seen and proved himself capable to become one of Europe’s top players, at still a relatively young age of 24.
And since leaving Southampton for Liverpool this summer, the Senegal winger has continued to prove why Klopp wanted to make him his biggest signing since taking over as Reds boss.
Skilful, full of pace and some top-class finishing, Mane is proving to be one of the best pieces of business in the Premier League this summer, and is currently the club’s joint-second top scorer for Liverpool.
His threat in front of goal has certainly terrified some defences so far this season, and once Mane has fully settled in at Anfield, the 24-year-old is going to be the envy of many of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
One name you would expect to find in this list is Sanchez, and of course the Chile international makes the grade. Always reliable for Arsenal, the forward has already netted four league goals for Arsene Wenger’s side, so far this campaign, with three of those goals coming in his last two league games.
However, like many that have made this list, Sanchez has also chipped in with the odd assist, too, with two assists making him an all-round attacking threat for the Gunners, as expected upon his arrival from Barcelona in 2014.
And if Arsenal are going to seriously challenge for the league this season, with Wenger’s 20-year reign at Arsenal potentially coming to an end, their chances are going to be largely reliant on the Chilean continuing his fine start to the season on, for the rest of a long and testing campaign.
Pep Guardiola was a big coup for Manchester City, alone. However, the immediate impact he has made at the Etihad has been astonishing. Raheem Sterling was a shrinking violet when Guardiola arrived in the north west this summer, after an abysmal European Championships campaign with England.
Prior to the Spaniard’s arrival, Sterling had failed to show the outstanding form he displayed during his time at Liverpool, for Manchester City. But the England international has got the season off to a fine start, scoring twice against West Ham, while having scored in each of City’s last two league games.
Often overlooked that Sterling is just 21, the Jamaica-born England international is already proving a handful for opposition defences, and the season is only just starting to gain some momentum. And with two assists to his name this season, it’s mouthwatering to consider what he and teammate Sergio Aguero can achieve.
Everyone can unanimously agree that Costa is a pain in the backside. However, this season he is being a pain for the right reasons – for Chelsea at least.
The Spain international netted just 12 league goals for the Blues last campaign, however, is already one away from half of that this season, having netted three in his Chelsea’s last three league games, including two in the first two games of the season.
Costa has already re-found his shooting boots this season, and as the campaign builds momentum, the 27-year-old is only going to get more ruthless in front of goal.
Four of the Spaniard’s five goals have all made the difference for the Blues this campaign, aside from Costa’s goal in Chelsea’s recent 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool.
The best free transfer of the summer. The best bargain of the summer. The best signing of the summer? The best free transfer of all time? One thing is for sure, Ibrahimovic can be just as ruthless in the Premier League, as he has been across the rest of Europe.
Few free transfers come as good as Jose Mourinho managed to snap up this summer, and although some questioned the former Sweden international’s age, the 34-year-old has already netted four league goals this season and will, undoubtedly, continue to terrify defences for the rest of the season.
Ibrahimovic has an outstanding record of scoring on his debuts, and continued that run with a goal in the Red Devils’ 3-1 win at Bournemouth, on the opening weekend of the season.
Three goals in the following two league games, as well as a strike in the Manchester derby, has already put the Swede at the top end of the scoring charts.
Possibly the most consistent performer in the Premier League who fails to get the recognition he deserves on a consistent basis. The Argentine is at the heart of every Manchester City attack and has already put in a firm bid to win the Golden Boot this season, after falling marginally short to Harry Kane, last campaign.
After scoring three goals in City’s first two league games of the season, the Argentine netted a further two in their 3-1 win over Swansea City. Without having to be a genius, that equates to having scored in all but one league game.
And considering Aguero’s slower start to last campaign, in terms of goals, there is no reason why the Argentina international can’t exceed last season’s scoring record this campaign, under Guardiola.