Leicester City ruined Frank Lampard’s Chelsea homecoming after holding the Europa League holders to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
In truth, the Foxes were unlucky to leave west London with just one point after spurning several glorious chances to win the game.
After being destroyed by Manchester United last Sunday, it seemed as though the UEFA Super Cup in midweek had drained the hosts as they clung on to claim their first point of the season.
Chelsea took the lead through Mason Mount after just seven minutes.
The home side had gone close through Pedro before Mount robbed Wilfred Ndidi who dwelt on the ball on the edge of his own area.
Mount then did well to wrap his foot around the ball and shoot past Kasper Schmeichel.
Chelsea failed to add to their tally before half-time as Leicester grew more into the game following their poor start.
The visitors failed to register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes but nearly created an opening when Jamie Vardy put Kepa Arrizabalaga under pressure as the Chelsea keeper hesitated before clearing a back pass.
Ndidi made up for his earlier error when he headed Leicester level after 66 minutes. James Maddison swung over a corner from the right and Ndidi rose highest to head powerfully home.
David Moyes told talkSPORT he believes a team of the Premier League’s best players would struggle to beat Manchester City.
City have accumulated a combined 198 points from the past two seasons alone, more than Bournemouth have ever accrued in their entire top flight history.
The former Manchester United boss insists Pep Guardiola’s side, who have won the title for the past two seasons, don’t have a single weakness.
He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I was trying to think the other day if you could make a Premier League team up from all the teams that could topple Man City to win the league, and I think it would be very tough [to beat City].
“Even if you had a team that included all the top players in it.”
The champions got their title defence off to a perfect start with a 5-0 thrashing of West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.
But Moyes’ claim got us thinking about how a hypothetical clash between City’s team from the weekend would fare against the best Premier League XI.
In order to achieve as fair a result as possible, we have decided to remove any subjective bias from the equation and use statistics compiled by WhoScored.com to generate our fictitious starting XI made up of players from the remaining 19 teams in the Premier League.
We would take the highest rated players from the 2018/19 season and put them into our team, before calculating an average rating for that side.
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Then, we would look at City’s starting XI from the London Stadium, take each individual’s rating, before forming an average based on that.
Once we have completed this, we should be able to generate some sort of conclusion as to how City would compare to the best of the rest.
Of course, it is not a definitive answer given Guardiola chose to rest a number of key players in the East End, but the performance levels from each player were still exceptional.
Scroll down to see how the best of the Premier League compares to the current Manchester City side.
Manchester City XI
Below, you can see the WhoScored.com rating of every player who started for Manchester City this weekend.
MANCHESTER CITY RATINGS
Here’s how the Citizens fared against West Ham (ratings out of 10)
Ederson (GK) – 7.7
Kyle Walker (RB) – 7.7
John Stones (CB) – 7.5
Aymeric Laporte (CB) – 7.9
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 7.5
Rodri (CDM) – 7.8
Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – 8.7
David Silva (CM) – 6.9
Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 9.8
Raheem Sterling (LW) – 9.6
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 7.8
And this how Pep Guardiola lined his side up for the clash.
Starting XI WhoScored.com average – 8.08
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Using data from the 2018/19 season, these are technically the best players for each position in the Premier League.
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Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 7.02
Trent Alexander Arnold (RB) – 7.4
Fabian Schar (CB) – 7.3
Virgil van Dijk (CB) – 7.4
Lucas Digne (LB) – 7.4
Paul Pogba (CM) – 7.3
Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – 7.21
Mohamed Salah (RW) – 7.6
Felipe Anderson (CAM) – 7.23
Sadio Mane (LW) – 7.4
Harry Kane (ST) – 7.4
And this is how that team might look.
Starting XI WhoScored.com average – 7.33
As we can see, the results suggest Manchester City’s strongest team would prove to be a challenge for even the best of the Premier League.
However, this does not mean we can take David Moyes’ statement as fact as there are a number of factors to take into account.
Moyes’ statement was based on one game, meaning this is the set of data we used. But to gain a more reliable set of results, we could have used an average for each Manchester City player from the past year.
Also, this City side train and play with one and another on a daily basis and have developed an acute understanding of a particular system. That being said, it would be extremely difficult to rule out a third successive Premier League title based on the unerring consistency the champions have become synonymous for.
Quite simply, we may well be looking at the greatest Premier League side in history.
Thus far, Manchester United have been the most aggressive side in the market. After capturing Daniel James from Swansea City for £15million, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went big and parted with £50m to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.
Of course, there are no shortage of potential departures from Old Trafford this season.
So which players can be considering genuinely unstoppable for their sides? Scroll down to see the one player talkSPORT.com believes your Premier League side cannot afford to sell in the transfer window.
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AFC Bournemouth – Nathan Ake
Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser are arguably Bournemouth’s two most important players. Going forward, the duo looked unstoppable at times last season.
But 24-year-old Ake is the main man at the Vitality, make no mistake about that.
Eddie Howe’s side have traditionally suffered dips of form throughout the season, but it is the fortitude of Ake which helped see them through last year.
Averaging 6.1 clearances a game, the Netherlands international is a classic example of what a good centre-back should be.
Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette
Upon signing for Arsenal in 2017, many fans believed Lacazette was simply brought in to score goals. After all, he had managed to net 129 times in 275 games for previous side Lyon.
But the France international has a vast array of redeeming features which have endeared him to Arsenal fans.
His hold-up play, determination and willingness to play anywhere for his team were key factors behind the fan’s decision to award him the Player of the Year Award.
With 13 Premier League goals to his name last year, the Gunners striker is vital to the way Unai Emery wants to play.
Aston Villa – Jack Grealish
It’s not very often modern day fans get to see a real-life Roy of the Rovers story played out, but Grealish is doing just that.
He then struggled with a shin injury, but lead the Villans to 13 wins out of 16 in the Championship to lead them to the Play-Offs.
The 23-year-old is expected to retain the captain’s armband when the Premier League season kicks off and will be crucial to their survival chances.
Brighton and Hove Albion – Lewis Dunk
When Chris Hughton was surprisingly given the sack at the end of last season, a stunned silence must have fallen over the Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls had just secured a third consecutive season in the Premier League and Hughton is recognised as being one of the nicest men in football.
Given Brighton are now experiencing an overhaul under new boss Graham Potter, the last thing they can afford to do is lose their captain.
The England international has helped Brighton keep 17 clean sheets since arriving in the Premier League, maintaining a tackle success rate of 54 per cent as well.
Burnley – James Tarkowski
Michael Keane’s move to Everton threatened to send Burnley spiralling back into the Championship, but the stoic Sean Dyche dug his heels in and the Clarets are still a Premier League side.
Perhaps no player better epitomises that spirit than Tarkowski. The 26-year-old was promoted after Keane’s move to Merseyside and has worked hard to keep his place.
Now an England international, the centre-back is thriving at Turf Moor. Averaging 6.7 tackles and 1.6 clearances per game, Tarkowski is Burnley’s most important player.
With Harry Maguire potentially leaving Leicester, Dyche has been quick to slap a £40m price tag on the former Oldham Athletic defender.
Chelsea – N’Golo Kante
Of all the players to suffer under Murizio Sarri’s reign at Chelsea, Kante was perhaps the one who bore the brunt of the Italian’s rigid tactics.
Played in a more advanced midfield role, the France international struggled to produce the calibre of performances fans have begun accustomed to. But you don’t win back-to-back Premier League titles and then the World Cup if you’re a bad player.
Despite Kante’s indifferent season, Frank Lampard simply HAS to keep the midfielder and play him in his strongest role.
On his day, there are few better defensive midfielders in the world. During the 2016/17 season, Kante made 127 tackles, 82 interceptions and a staggering 275 recoveries.
Crystal Palace – Luka Milivojevic
A deadline day signing from Olympiacos in 2017 under Sam Allardyce, few Palace fans knew just how influential Milivojevic would become.
The Serbia international has since become the first-choice midfielder, the designated set-piece taker and now Eagles captain.
Strong in the tackle and an excellent reader of the game, the 28-year-old is unerringly consistent and so reliable. He averaged 2.4 tackles and 1.9 interceptions a game, whilst maintaining an 80 per cent pass success rate.
With Zaha seemingly off, Palace will need Milivojevic’s leadership abilities to steady the ship at Selhurst Park.
Everton – Gylfi Sigurdsson
A £45m signing from Swansea City, Sigurdsson is finally getting the recognition he deserves at Everton.
The Iceland international may not possess the pace of modern day attacking midfielders, but his technical ability is impressive.
Last season, he scored 13 goals and registered six assists as the Toffees enjoyed a comfortable season under Marco Silva.
While it would be terrible to lose Harry Maguire to either Manchester City or Manchester United, there are question marks about how much further the England international can develop.
Already an outstanding ball-carrier as well as a solid defender, the 26-year-old is nearing his prime years. And while he is already fantastic, Ndidi could be exceptional. He made 143 tackles in the top-flight last season – more than any other player.
It is almost scary to think the midfielder is only 22 years of age, he was a regular starter for Nigeria at the World Cup last summer and appeared in every Premier League game for the Foxes in 2018/19.
Tenacious in the tackle and averaging 52.2 passes per game, the youngster is exactly what a manager wants from a holding midfielder. If they lose him, there are very players in world football with as much potential they could afford to get.
Liverpool – Virgil van Dijk
Perhaps the easiest name to put on this list, Van Dijk is one of the best players in the world and is set to become the first defender to win the Ballon d’Or since Fabio Cannavaro since 2006.
Statistically, the Netherlands captain was superb; no-one has completed a dribble past Virgil van Dijk in any of his last 64 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool. While Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are important, Van Dijk is irreplaceable.
So even if a ludicrous bid comes in for the 27-year-old, Liverpool simply cannot afford to sell him. Not just because of his on-pitch performances, but for the message it sends to the rest of the world.
After winning the Champions League, bowing to the financial pressure of a Real Madrid or a Barcelona suggests the Reds are weak. Keeping Van Dijk transcends football, it is a power move to reject any and every offer which finds its way to Anfield.
Manchester City – Bernardo Silva
When the little Portuguese rocked up at the Etihad in 2017, many felt he would sit on the bench and play a bit part role for a few years until his namesake David decided to call it a day.
However, the 24-year-old has established himself as one of, if not the most important player in Pep Guardiola’s well-oiled City machine. He epitomises the type of football the Spaniard wants to play.
Silva made 1.4 tackles per game on average in the Premier League, but also managed to keep an exorbitantly high 86.1 per cent pass success rate, which for an attacking is sensational.
With seven goals and seven assists last season, the relentless Guardiola will expect more from a player whose pattern of growth seems exponential.
Manchester United – Paul Pogba
Perhaps the most divisive figure in world football at this time, everyone has an opinion on Paul Pogba.
Talented, yet temperamental, the France international wants out of Old Trafford. But it seems like a huge mistake to get rid of him.
Statistically speaking, Pogba was unmatched at Old Trafford. The 26-year-old scored 13 goals and got nine assists, more than anyone other Red Devil.
But, as with Van Dijk at Liverpool, selling Pogba would be a decision which transcends football. He is a marketable asset and letting him go suggests United can no longer keep, nor attract the best players in world football. He is the last genuine star in that squad.
Newcastle United – Fabian Schar
Newcastle United are in danger of free-falling out of the Premier League trap door and tumbling into the Championship.
Back in May when rumours of a wealthy investor began to circulate, odds began to shorten drastically on the Magpies signing Kylian Mbappe. But the rumours proved to not be true, with Rafael Benitez quickly plotting his escape route to China.
If relegation is to be staved off, the club MUST hold on to the quality players they have in the squad, with Schar the first.
The Switzerland international was Newcastle’s best player according to WhoScored, with a rating of 7.30. His no-nonsense defensive style is complimented by a knack of scoring important goals too.
Norwich City – Tom Trybull
Daniel Farke’s revolution at Carrow Road is nothing short of spectacular, taking an average Canaries side from finishing 14th in the Championship to winning it in spectacular style.
And Trybull’s emergence from Alex Tettey’s shadow to become a first-team regular is testament to Farke’s ability. He will be crucial to Norwich’s chances of staying the division, especially considering they are unlikely to enjoy as much possession in the top-flight as they did last year.
A regular amongst the German youth teams, the midfielder seemed destined for mediocrity until he took his chance in East Anglia. According to Norwich’s Sporting Director, Stuart Webber, Trybull’s new coach had fought hard for the midfielder to come to Carrow Road.
He said: “He is lucky he has an outstanding coach who believes in him. Daniel fought for the opportunity for Tom. He came through very much on Daniel’s advice. I like people who are brave and willing to put themselves out of their comfort zone and pretty much beg for an opportunity.”
Sheffield United – John Egan
A club-record signing from Brentford, Egan has the potential to follow in the footsteps of former Blades hero Harry Maguire.
Egan endured loan spells with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Bradford City and Southend United, and has represented Ireland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.
He was released by Sunderland at the end of the 2013–14 season, and signed a 2-year deal with Gillingham in July 2014.
But now, he has established himself as a crucial member of Chris Wilder’s’ defence and his willingness to put his body on the line (as illustrated by his red card at Millwall) will be invaluable to securing a second Premier League season.
Southampton – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
A former Bayern Munich midfielder, Hojbjerg made the decision to join Southampton in 2016 after being convinced by Claude Puel.
Now working under his THIRD permanent manager in three years, the 23-year-old has taken over the captain’s armband and diligently carries on in midfield.
It is this behaviour which the Saints desperately crave and will need throughout the season. After having some of their best talents ripped from the south coast, Hojbjerg’s single-mindedness and determination is exactly what the club needs.
As illustrated by Mario Lemina, the upheaval at St Mary’s can unsettle players. But Hojbjerg’s unerring consistency will give fans hope of genuine progression in years to come.
Tottenham Hotspur – Heung-Min Son
For several years, the former Bayer Leverkusen attacker was touted as just an ‘underrated’ option up front for Spurs.
But Son is much more than that, his pace and trickery make him a constant threat for 90 minutes, but it it his consistency and the addition of goals which makes him so special.
Harry Kane has shown a pattern of breaking down throughout the course of a season, perhaps linked to his importance for both club and country. In his absence, the South Korea international has led the line superbly.
Watford enjoyed a terrific season last time out under Javi Gracia, reaching the FA Cup final. Although they were thumped by Manchester City, the season can still be classed as a success.
Much of that can be attributed to the presence of Abdoulaye Doucoure at the base of the Hornets’ midfield. Gracia was able to play a diamond in midfield which, thanks to Doucoure, meant Will Hughes and Roberto Pereyra flourished further forward.
Even from a deeper position, the 26-year-old managed to record six assists and chipped in with five goals. His strengths lie in winning the ball back and driving forward, maintaining a 83.5 per cent pass success rate and averaging 1.5 shots per game from a deeper position.
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly still interested, with Liverpool also in the frame. The Frenchman wants to play Champion League football, but the Hornets must retain their star man if they want to build on their 11th-placed finish.
West Ham United – Declan Rice
For those who watched West Ham regularly last season, you will understand the hype around Rice.
A centre-back by trade, Maneul Pellegrini moved the 20-year-old into the heart of the midfield and he has not looked back, making his England debut later in the season.
He made more tackles than any other West Ham player (98), was second in passes (1,518) and third in interceptions (52).
Quite simply, he is the defensive shield Manuel Pellegrini needs in order to play the attacking brand of football he is famed for. Without Rice at the base of midfield, West Ham lost their opening four games of last season in convincing style.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Diogo Jota
Ruben Neves is a superstar and Raul Jimenez is also an integral member of Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad, but Jota quickly showed he had the quality to become the main man.
Aged just 22, the versatile forward embodied all that was good about Wolves last season. Fearless and not afraid to attack, Jota scored nine goals and five assists in his debut campaign.
But what is more important is the calibre of opposition he scored against. Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all conceded against the Portuguese star.
He picked up 11 yellow cards which, although suggests a lack of discipline, is also an indicator of how he is willing to get stuck for his team and even make the necessary cynical fouls when tracking back to stop the momentum of the opposition.
Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked to him and if Partey and Ghana do well then either club may just put in a bid.
Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)
The likes of Dmitri Payet, Yohan Cabaye and Eden Hazard have all been at French club Lille in the early parts of their career before moving on and Nicolas Pepe looks to be the latest star destined for better things.
Ivory Coast winger Pepe is on the radar of a number of European clubs with Liverpool thought to be leading the way for the 24-year-old.
The Reds have African footballers Salah, Mane and Naby Keita among their ranks so their scouts will surely be tuning into the tournament.
Jean-Michael Seri (Ivory Coast)
Pepe’s compatriot Seri will be desperate to have a good AFCON 2019 following his disastrous 2018/19 campaign.
He rejected offers from Chelsea and Liverpool to join an exciting Fulham last summer but the Cottagers never got going and were relegated from the top flight.
The midfielder has more quality than the Championship football he’s destined to play next season and could even be available on the cheap as a result of Fulham’s relegation.
Serie A sides are amongst those monitoring the player right now.
Victor Wanyama (Kenya)
As already mentioned, Tottenham are reportedly planning a squad overhaul this summer and Victor Wanyama could be one of these players who gets moved on.
Wanyama, 27, is a hero in his homeland of Kenya but at Spurs he’s just another player really.
The former Southampton player could be available for one of the Premier League’s smaller clubs, especially if he does well in Egypt.
Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)
It’s not completely clear where Wilfried Zaha’s future lies but it surely won’t be at Crystal Palace before too long.
Wonderfully composed, blessed technically and a strong presence too, it’s no wonder Barcelona are among the clubs expected stump up a huge fee for his transfer in the summer.
Given team-mate Frenkie de Jong has already joined the Spaniards for £65million, De Ligt may well leave for a similar, if not higher sum.
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20. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 7.13/10 on WhoScored.com
18= Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 7.14/10 on WhoScored.com
Since arriving from Marseille in 2012, the defender has been as consistent as they come, managing to win two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Europa League trophy in his six years thus far.
The 29-year-old’s £6m fee seems like one of the Premier League’s greatest ever bargains and here at talkSPORT.com, it got us to thinking about the other underrated players in the Premier League who fail to get the recognition they so rightly deserve.
So, without further ado, here is every Premier League club’s most underrated player.
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To put it politley, the Switzerland international was poor under Arsene Wenger. Ill-disciplined and defensively clueless; Xhaka looked lost when playing against the best the Premier League had to offer.
However, under Unai Emery, the 26-year-old is thriving with the responsibilities entrusted to him. He knows his position and thrives under specific instructions.
With Lucas Torreira alongside him, the Gunners seem to have finally fixed the midfield woes which have plagued them since Patrick Vieira left.
A player who has risen through the ranks like Eddie Howe with the Cherries, Cook has made a seamless transition to Premier League life.
Despite not possessing the pace of many top-flight strikers, the Englishman’s never-say-die attitude and tactical nous means he is seemingly always one step ahead.
While Nathan Ake may receive many deserved plaudits, defensive partner Cook is a vital cog in Bournemouth’s system.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Wherever he has worked, Chris Hughton has had a knack for signing hard-working, honest players who will diligently carry out their tasks – meaning there are plenty of candidates for the role of ‘most underrated’ at the Amex.
But March is a different kettle of fish. The youngster came through the academy at Lewes before signing a professional deal with the Seagulls in 2011. Adept at playing on either wing or through the middle, he has a wonderful football brain and a dangerous left peg to boot.
The former Leeds United defender joined in 2017, but made just a handful of appearances for the Clarets last season.
However, he has firmly established himself in the side under Sean Dyche – becoming a vital player in the process.
The 25-year-old is solid at the back and possesses a wicked left foot which can whip in dangerous crosses for the likes of Sam Vokes and Chris Wood.
If the Bluebirds are to survive in the Premier League this season, the leadership and inspirational skills of Gunarrsson will be crucial.
The Iceland skipper looks like a viking and has the characteristics to boot. A no-nonsense midfielder who loves to break up play and get his team on the front foot, his dirty work is crucial to Neil Warnock’s style of play.
He also happens to have an absolute Howitzer of a throw in, so expect to see him grab a few assists before the end of the season.
Known affectionately as ‘Dave’ by Blues fans, the Spaniard has literally played across every position at the back since joining in 2012.
Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte and now Maurizio Sarri have all started the Spaniard during their respective stints at Stamford Bridge – a remarkable testament to his consistency and professionalism.
Losing Eden Hazard seems an inevitability at some point in the future, but Chelsea fans should be glad to see Azpiliceuta commit his future to the club.
James McArthur goes through so much work unnoticed in the engine room for Palace, but fans have recently started to appreciate former West Ham man Tomkins at the back for his defensive efforts.
The centre-half was once tipped for the very top in east London, but a move south appears to have brought out the best from him.
Goals have been hard to come by for the Eagles thus far, so Roy Hodgson will be hoping the former England Under-21 international can continue to be solid at the other end.
Perhaps it is a prerequisite to joining, but full-backs seem to arrive at Goodison Park and become cult heroes for their hard work.
For years, Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines were criminally underrated for their work out wide, and it seems as though Digne has taken up the mantle.
Despite his slight frame, he has adapted to the rigours of the English top-flight well and even earned a recall to the France squad after missing the World Cup win in Russia.
New Whites boss Claudio Ranieri will surely love working with the Argentine. At Leicester City, Shinji Okazaki and Ranieri worked so well together in their incredible title-winning season two years ago.
Vietto won’t stop running for his team-mates, freeing up space behind the more skilled operators to work.
Should he strike up a classic little and large partnership with Aleksandr Mitrovic, Fulham will surely begin to propel themselves up the table in no time.
David Wagner’s men are struggling at the wrong end of the table this season once again, but Billing’s stock is continuing to rise.
Only the woodwork has denied the Denmark youth international from scoring some absolute screamers, but it is his gritty work in midfield which is seriously catching the eye.
Standing at 6″4, the 22-year-old is as imposing as they come and a move to a bigger club will surely be on the horizon if he continues to perform the way he is, as he can only fly under the radar for so long.
Any defensive midfielder who joined the Foxes after N’Golo Kante’s departure was likely to be burdened with comparisons.
However, after an adjustment period in the Premier League, the Nigeria international is starting to boss the middle and the Kante comparisons are no more.
It is remarkable to think he is just 21 given his composure and maturity. Claude Puel has a serious player on his hands, who is also starting to show his skills going forward as well.
Until he was rewarded for his excellent displays with the Scotland captaincy, Andrew Robertson was a safe bet for the most underrated player in the Premier League.
However, the continually subtle excellence of Wijnaldum for Jurgen Klopp’s men means he is now one of the first names on the team sheet.
Having kept new signings Fabinho and Naby Keita out of the Reds’ side, expect to see the former Newcastle United man rack up the appearances as the title race heats up.
When City were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool last season, Mohamed Salah apologised during the first leg to Laporte for running the young Frenchman absolutely ragged.
Fast forward eight months and it is clear to see just how much the former Athletic Bilbao defender has improved.
His range of passing is quite superb and, after a full pre-season, his partnership with John Stones should provide any City with great optimism for the future.
It has been a miserable season for the Red Devils thus far; eight points off the Champions League places and 18 points off rivals City in top spot.
However, the emergence of Lindelof at the back has been a huge bonus. His performances in the games against Juventus were nothing short of remarkable.
Although he sustained an injury against Crystal Palace, the Swede is closing in on a return to action. Having seen Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic at the back in his absence, Jose Mourinho must be counting down the days.
Like most of the summer arrivals at St James’ Park, the signing of Ki from Swansea City on a free went relatively under the radar and was met with little enthusiasm from the Toon Army.
The South Korea skipper helped knock Germany out of the World Cup and has continued to deliver solid, if not spectacular, performances.
If the Magpies are to continue defying the odds and survive on a shoestring budget, Ki will be key to their chances.
Year after year, the top talent from St Mary’s seems to be churned out and constantly poached by the Premier League elite.
However, Yoshida has remained ever since they regained their place in the top tier in 2012, constantly slipping under the radar after watching partners Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk join Liverpool.
If the Saints are to escape trouble, they will need all of the Japan international’s experience to guide them to a seventh consecutive season in the Premier League.
Until last season, Hueng-min Son would have easily won this accolade. Yet he was finally recognised as one of the most dangerous forwards in the division by doing a remarkable job during Harry Kane’s absence at the start of 2018.
Now, the title of ‘most underrated’ is held by Davies.
Danny Rose would walk into most teams in the Premier League, but Mauricio Pochettino still trusts the Wales international to do a job down the left.
Getting released from Manchester United would feel like the end of the world to most players. After years in the wilderness of the Championship with Blackpool, it seemed like the Northern Ireland international’s chance of making it at the highest level had passed him.
However, the Hornets snapped him up on a free and Cathcart has not looked back since.
His excellent reading of the game allows him to make crucial interceptions with ease.
West Ham United
Fabianski became the first goalkeeper in 12 years that West Ham paid a transfer fee for when he arrived in the summer. Every other keeper between 2006 and 2018 arrived for free.
So far, the Poland international has made the £7million fee look like one of the best bargains in the club’s history.
A wonderful shot stopper with the propensity to start attacks from the back, the 33-year-old looks set to stay between the sticks for the Hammers for the foreseeable.
The former Porto star linked up with old coach Nuno Espirito Santo when he joined the Black Country club last summer on a loan deal.
Such was his brilliance at the back in a three-man defence, Wolves snapped up the towering centre back the following summer.
A menace at set-pieces at both boxes, Boly has helped shut out some of the best sides in the Premier League already this season.
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