Premier League 2018-19: 5 best players of the season so far
One of the toughest football leagues in the world, the English Premier League, is already more than halfway through. With Manchester City sitting at the top of the table on just goal difference, the clash for supremacy with Liverpool is getting more intriguing week after week.
At this stage of the league, where each team has played 26 matches or more, we can now assess the performance of the players. So far we have seen some superb goals scored and some sensational saves made.
Let's have a look at 5 of the best players in this season of the Premier League so far.
#5 Raheem Sterling
The name of Raheem Sterling in the list of best players might have been surprising to many people about three years ago, but not anymore. Since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium, Sterling has become a very different - and more effective - player. Under Pep Guardiola he has flourished and made a significant mark in the Premier League.
Sterling has been playing for Manchester City since 2015; he was signed for a transfer fee worth £49 million, the highest ever paid for an English player. He plays mainly as a winger but is also used as an attacking midfielder, both for his club and country.
Sterling has the ability to play wide at the tip of a midfield diamond and also centrally, which offers great flexibility to the team. He is known for his pace, dribbling skills and low centre of gravity and so far in this season, he has been magnificent in every aspect.
Sterling has a small stature, but with his great upper-body strength, he is able to withstand challenges and retain possession.
In 24 matches so far this season, Sterling has scored 12 goals and assisted 9 times. His stats and contributions to his team are even better than the likes of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.