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Best Premier League players ranked 2022

Our definitive list of the best Premier League players around in 2022 – do you agree with us?

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Published: Thursday, 25th August 2022 at 2:15 pm

Who is the best player in the Premier League? Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham fans would almost certainly put forward their own man for the honour.

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A fresh intake of transfers in the summer of 2022 has added to the list of options, with Erling Haaland the obvious candidate to trouble the big boys at the top.

Mohamed Salah has shown immense consistency throughout his time with Liverpool, Harry Kane likewise with Tottenham, and Cristiano Ronaldo simply won't quit (even if he'd probably prefer to carry on his career elsewhere).

We set out to round up the best Premier League players, across all positions, based on a variety of factors. We have taken into account historical performances and this season's displays on the whole, while trying not to be swayed by short-term dips and bursts of form.

Some of the players on this list have underwhelmed in 2022/23 so far, but that shouldn't undo their status among the elite.

RadioTimes.com brings you the top 10 best Premier League players at the mid-point of 2022.

The top 10 best Premier League players

10. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Yes, we totally understand that filtering defenders and attackers in the same list is an arbitrary process, but Van Dijk simply must nail down a place in this list.

All is not peachy with the Reds' backline, but we all know how impenetrable Van Dijk can be in full swing. He is the archetypal modern defender, as comfortable Rolls Roycing forwards with the ball as he is sitting back and breaking up onslaughts.

9. Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Son feels intensely overlooked on the world stage. He has been a consistent, rising force with Spurs yet very rarely attracts much attention beyond what he does on the field.

He has experienced a poor start to the campaign, but he remains a wonderful footballer with a smile that reminds you why people get into the game to begin with. Simply, Son loves it.

8. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

A right-back revolutionary, Alexander-Arnold constantly basks in the glow of praise from Gary Neville, to the former Man Utd pundit's own detriment. Neville adores TAA and already rates the Liverpool lad above his own level.

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Alexander-Arnold's technique, whether he's crossing the ball into the box, striking the ball into the net, or drilling it into panic zones for defenders to worry about, is simply sublime. His continued development will be fascinating to watch.

7. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)

Arguably the alternative 2021/22 player of the season across the whole Premier League, Joao Cancelo stepped up his game to a whole new stratosphere.

To call him a world-class full-back would be reductionist. He is so much more than a right-back, a left-back. He is effectively a quarter-back, if we resided on the other side of the Atlantic. Cancelo is responsible at the back, but his roaming drifts forward are very often fruitful endeavours. Give him any space on the edge of the final third and he will see, pick and play the right pass. An incredible talent.

6. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

If this list were based on 2021/22, Fernandes would be nowhere to be seen, but we all know just how good he can be for long, long stretches of the season.

Was he unsettled by Ronaldo's arrival? Have others simply not exploited his stream of ammunition? That's not for us to say here. What we do know is that Bruno is the heartbeat of any in-form Manchester United team. A threat on all fronts, from range, in the box, scoring goals, creating them, set-pieces, the full works.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

In years gone by, Ronaldo would have topped this list without question. This is very much late-stage Ronaldo we're witnessing, his final form, his last evolution. And it's still a great variation.

He simply knows how to find the net. On air and land, he is a menace. Arguments over whether he fits into Manchester United's squad and style of play are not for this article. As a standalone player, there are few you'd rather have pull on your shirt.

4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Salah's penetrating runs can cripple any defence. His acceleration, sudden changes of pace and direction have given more than a few elite full-backs nightmares and ultimately, his goals and assists output is unmatched in 2021/22.

The top four on this list feel fairly interchangeable, but Salah loses a point or two by virtue of nit-picking. It would be incredibly harsh to label his style as 'one-dimensional' but he perhaps doesn't boast the same range of skills as those above him here. Arguably, he is the most effective player though.

3. Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Harry Kane remains one of the best football players in the Premier League and the world. You know we're right.

The Spurs man has racked up an astonishing 185 goals in 285 Premier League games and still has a very real shot at Alan Shearer's fabled 260 total. He didn't have the best time out last year, but it was probably his only truly bad streak of form since, well, he started out. Kane remains a lethal talisman with superb playmaking skills behind the frontline.

2. Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

Man or mountain? It's often hard to tell. Haaland is 6'4" of brute force, a hulking Premier League great in the making.

He appears to have taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and given his affinity to Manchester City, he could be set and sorted for a decade or more in the North West.

Haaland's pace for a man of his size is extraordinary, his strength virtually unparalleled. Once he gets up to speed, Haaland could rise even further to the very top of this list.

1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Salah is a superb, powerful, direct runner with immense pace and uses this all to fantastic effect. However, we've gone with De Bruyne as our No.1 for his sheer range of skills.

De Bruyne can sit deeper, he can roam forward, he can fill in much higher up the pitch, he can drift out wide or stay central. His range of passing is bewildering for players and fans alike. His vision is figuratively 20:20. His long-range drives are deadly. His crossing is probably the best the Premier League has ever seen.

And then there's his physicality, an often overlooked aspect of De Bruyne's game. He's strong and quick. De Bruyne is the ultimate midfield package. He's had an injury-riddled time, but KDB is our Premier League top dog.

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