Top 5 players to have played every single minute in the Premier League this season
The Premier League season has been absolutely fabulous. 13 weeks in, even though Manchester City have established a sizeable lead at the top, leaving their rivals chasing dust, there has been some really good football on show, with all teams boasting a good pack of players, aided by the lucrative finance deals flowing into the richest league in the world.
Considering the tight schedules teams have with the league, domestic cups, and European competitions, playing every minute of every game across 13 gameweeks is a considerable feat. This post identifies the 5 best players in the league who have been absolutely wonderful and irreplaceable for their respective teams and have played every single minute of their season so far.
Hector Bellerin: The Arsenal right-back, always touted to become one of the best right-backs in the world is finally proving his worth for the club. He has been clinical and very productive this term and has been a solid presence in the Arsenal line-up.
Romelu Lukaku: The Belgian hitman has been good, but doesn't feature in the top 5 of this list according to the author due to his continuous hiccups in the big matches. Solid showings, yes but not convincing enough.
James Tarkowski: The centre-back has been an absolute revelation for Sean Dyche's Burnley this season. Filling in the void left by Micheal Keane's departure to Everton, Tarkowski has looked confident from the off and has been solid at the back, receiving plaudits all along for his performances.
Jack Cork: Another Burnley success story. Cork has been crucial to Burnley's great run of form this season with Cork receiving an England call-up too. A no-nonsense player, Cork is a workhorse of a player who rotates the ball around well.
Davy Propper: Brighton's unsung hero. Davy Propper was a summer signing for Chris Hughton's side who have impressed and exceeded expectations in their first top-flight season. His presence in the middle of the park and ability to control the tempo of plays have made him an integral cog in the Brighton system. A Netherlands international, Propper is proving to be one of the buys of the season and may even become a sale that garners good profit for Brighton in the future if his performances so far are to go by.
#5 Nacho Monreal
Whether it be as a third centre-back in a 3-man defence, or as a wing-back when the situation demands, Nacho Monreal has been excellent this season. The diminutive Spaniard is probably Arsenal's most consistent performer and has been one of the more mature presences in an often criticised Arsenal squad.
Signed from Malaga a few seasons ago as a back up left back, Monreal has slowly but steadily climbed up the ranks to become a mainstay in the team. His performances in the Arsenal shirt have earned him a handful of appearances for the Spanish national team as well and he is expected to travel with the Spanish squad for the World Cup in Russia based on his consistent performances over the last one year.
This season, Monreal has chipped in with some crucial goals too and his consistency was rewarded with the PFA player of the month award for the month of October. His reading of the game is admirable and his technical ability is right up there. A top player who deserves to be talked about in a more positive sense, Nacho silently continues to bolster the Arsenal defence and his calm presence at the back will prove crucial in Arsenal's quest to return to the top 4 of the Premier League.