The Premier League boasts some of the best players in the world right now.
Some are pass masters, others are absolutely ferocious in front of goal – and it’s fair to say there are a number of stars who are ridiculously fast as well.
And let’s not forget some of the finest defenders ply their trade in the English top-flight too.
So, what if one player had it all? Imagine an assist-finding, header-scoring, two-footed, speedster supremo who can also organise their teammates and take command.
Well, that’s where Mirror Sport steps in. We take the best of the best of the current crop of Premier League footballers to build the ultimate player…
Left foot – Mohamed Salah
The Premier League has seen some vintage lefties. Ryan Giggs, Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie each won the PFA Player of the Year award and each banged in left-footed goals for fun.
There may be a dearth in exceptional left-footed players this year, yet Mohamed Salah is a worthy name to add to the list.
Salah is enjoying only his third full season in the Premier league, yet with 58 left-footed goals he already ranks fourth in Premier League history for goals scored with the left peg.
That’s despite having played just 113 times in England’s top-flight.
There’s no competition really, the ultimate footballer from our current crop has Salah’s magic left foot. No doubt about that.
Right foot – Sergio Aguero
There’s a plethora of striker’s in the Premier League whose right foot strikes fear into the heart of a goalie.
Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are among the very best, but there’s no looking past Sergio Aguero, a man with 127 right-footed goals.
Aguero will absolutely go down as one of the best strikers in the history of the top-flight.
The Argentine’s right foot truly deserves to be a key part of our ultimate player.
Headers – Chris Wood
The ultimate Premier League footballer looks like Chris Wood, above the neck at least.
Not the most glamorous addition to our blend of the very best the Premier League has to offer, but the stats say Wood’s head deserves its place at the top of our ultimate player.
According to Premier League stats, Chris Wood tops the charts for headed goals over the past three seasons with 14.
A master at finding space in the box, the Burnley striker’s heading skills are among the very best.
Passing ability – Jorginho
Usually defenders top the charts when it comes to passes completed. But not this season.
Jorginho found a teammate a whopping 3,118 times last season and was the only midfielder to appear in the top five for passes completed.
The Chelsea man loves pinging balls around the park and does it better than anyone else according to the stats, which means he’s our man when it comes to passing it about the pitch.
Assists – Kevin De Bruyne
A truly world-class footballer and one of the best creative midfielders the Premier League has ever seen.
Since signing for Manchester City in 2015, De Bruyne has laid on 62 assists for teammates, easily averaging double digits a season.
The Belgian maestro can see and make passes that blindside defenders. He’s certainly part of the reason Aguero has scored so many right-footed goals.
There’s no doubt that our ultimate footballer has De Bruyne’s eye for an assist, and a big chunk of his footballing brain.
Speed – Adama Traore
One of the most exciting players in the Premier League today is also the fastest.
According to FIFA 2020, Adama Traore is not just the fastest in the British top-flight, but the fastest in the world.
Throw his pace in the mix with the elite list that already makes up our ultimate footballer, and we have a truly lethal player on our hands.
Tackler – N’Golo Kante
When you think of players breaking up play, Kante springs to mind first.
Kante is one of the most celebrated midfielder’s in the Premier League today, having deservedly earned a reputation as a tough-tackling powerhouse.
He sniffs out danger and has a calmness about his game that clearly rubs off on his teammates – and he has always got a smile on his face, whether playing football or not.
The French World Cup winner makes the cut for his ability on the pitch, but his attitude makes him a standout addition too.
Defensive attributes – Virgil van Dijk
There were a few stars in the running for their defensive attributes, with Harry Maguire and Aymeric Laporte among those considered as the best in their position.
But it is Liverpool hero Van Dijk who makes the cut in our team, with the Dutchman enjoying yet another superb season in Merseyside.
Van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield coincided with an upturn in fortunes for Liverpool, and there’s no doubting that the defender’s performances have played a huge part in their success.
He reads the game well, organises his teammates and takes command when his team needs him most – attributes that make him arguably the best in English football.
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