Ranksort ascending Player Team Avg Rating Minutes Played Matches Played
20 Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 7.51 2250 25
19 Jack Grealish Manchester City 7.51 1361 18
18 Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 7.51 1117 21
17 Thiago Silva Chelsea 7.51 1823 22
16 Sadio Mané Liverpool 7.53 2050 24
15 Joel Matip Liverpool 7.54 1890 21
14 James Ward-Prowse Southampton 7.55 2227 25
13 Declan Rice West Ham United 7.56 2340 26
12 Pierre-Emile Højbjerg Tottenham Hotspur 7.56 2118 24
11 Fabinho Liverpool 7.57 1703 20
10 Bruno Fernandes Manchester United 7.60 2314 27
9 Heung-Min Son Tottenham Hotspur 7.66 1992 23
8 Ilkay Gündogan Manchester City 7.67 1351 20
7 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 7.71 1447 21
6 Andrew Robertson Liverpool 7.75 1757 20
5 Bernardo Silva Manchester City 7.76 2319 27
4 Joao Cancelo Manchester City 7.83 2328 26
3 Rodri Manchester City 7.89 2014 23
2 Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 8.03 2133 24
1 Mohamed Salah Liverpool 8.03 2162 25

As the richest, most-watched league in the world, the English Premier League is home to some of the most talented footballers on the planet. But who are the Premier League best players in 2021-2022?

With more money and more prestige than any other league in the world, the Premier League is able to pay for many of the best footballers to have ever played the game, bringing in talent from across the globe. To be the best in the Premier League means you are one of the best in the world.

The 2021-2022 Premier League campaign is no different. With the addition of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and Jadon Sancho, the competition has only gotten stiffer. 

The question is, how do you determine the Premier League best players for a given season? 

The answer is an algorithm and a 10-point scale, where 10 is a perfect score and 0 is a nightmare. Players are rated each match for things like successful dribbles, key passes, tackles, aerial duels and saves. The average professional player falls around 6.5 and anything above 8.0 is quite good. 

These statistics allow us to rate players based on performance beyond simply goals or assists, previously the primary way to judge a footballer. Average them out through the season and you can determine the Premier League best players for a given campaign. 

The 2021-2022 Premier League best players will include the top strikers like Cristiano Ronaldo, who rejoined Manchester United for the first time since 2009, but also defenders like Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose worth is valued in both defensive ability and initiating attacks. 

The player ratings also reward consistency. If a striker goes scoreless for a couple of matches, he can still pad his stats with a hat trick the next game. But if he’s rated below 4.0 for a couple of matches, it will be difficult to rebuild his player rating with one good performance. 

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