2018 - Best player of the year for each Premier League top six club
Player awards, for natural reasons, are not often given for the calendar year. Exceptions, of course, are the Balon d'Or, but generally, these take place over the course of a season, which span across two years, typically.
But as 2018 is coming to an end, which player of each of the Premier League top six has done the best? Who has stood out the most, and contributed the best to their successes and general performances?
The Premier League top six have many great players between them, who all have won many team-based and individual accolades in their careers. They also are guided by top managers, who have been successful in a wide variety of leagues and for big global clubs. This is, of course, one reason why they can shine, and who wouldn't if guided by Guardiola, Klopp, Emery, Pochettino, or Sarri?
The 2018 World Cup also saw numerous English-based players shine, such as Kane, Dier, Lukaku, Hazard, Torreira, Fellaini, Pogba, Lloris, and Kante, amongst many others. Many others didn't partake, such as Aubameyang, and others yet had unique tournaments like Ozil, who cited racism as a reason for quitting the German national side. Others yet, like Salah, featured for countries that were not amongst the favourites (Egypt), and top defenders akin to van Dijk featured for countries that didn't qualify (the Netherlands). Kante, Pogba, Lloris, Mendy, and Giroud, all emerged victorious in Russia, and of course all play for PL top six teams.
Overall, 2018 has been an eventful year for English-based players. They have all been touched in some form by great performances, great changes, and triumphs.
Each top six club has several world-class players, so there are many from whom to choose. Examples include:
Manchester City - Aguero, Sterling, de Bruyne, Sane, Silva, Stones, Ederson
Liverpool - Salah, Mane, Firmino, Keita, van Dijk, Allison
Manchester United - Martial, Pogba, de Gea, Lingard
Arsenal - Aubameyang, Ozil, Lacazette
Tottenham Hotspur - Kane, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Alderweireld, Lloris
Chelsea - Kante, Hazard, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Kepa
Criteria I am using here are:
- Big game performances
- Great moments/goals
So, who is the Player of 2018 for each PL club? Let us see: