2018 Top Performing Players in Europe (75 – 51)
TOP PERFORMING PLAYERS IN EUROPE: RANK 75 – 51
We move on with the count down of the top 100 performers in Europe’s leading leagues so far this season. What do you think about the rankings, drop your comments below about the Top Performing Players in Europe.
75 – Ondrej Duda
Slovakia international Ondrej Duda was a peripheral figure for Hertha Berlin last season but he has become a key player for the Bundesliga outfit this year, scoring six goals in his first 11 appearances of the season.
74 – Richarlison
The £50m price-tag raised eyebrows but Richarlison has shone for Everton since his arrival from Watford in the summer. Marco Silva has used him on the left flank and as a centre-forward, and he has impressed in both positions, scoring six goals in 10 Premier League games.
73 – Borja Iglesias
Espanyol have exceeded expectations in La Liga this season, sitting above Real Madrid in fifth place, and it is largely thanks to Borja Iglesias. The Spanish striker, prolific for Real Zaragoza in the country’s second tier last season, has seven goals and two assists since his summer switch to Espanyol.
72 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been in and out of the Arsenal team since Unai Emery’s appointment, but he has fared well statistically. There have been two goals and an assist in 525 minutes of Premier League action so far, and he also ranks highly at Arsenal for shots and chances created.
71 – Max Gradel
Max Gradel struggled with form and injuries at Bournemouth but he has got back on track in France. This season at Toulouse, the Ivorian winger has scored four goals and provided three assists in 13 games. He also averages more shots and more dribbles per 90 minutes than any of his team-mates.
70 – Francois Kamano
Francois Kamano is another winger making a big impact in Ligue 1. The 22-year-old has scored seven goals for Bordeaux so far, and, like Gradel, he also ranks highly for shots and dribbles.
69 – Krzysztof Piatek
The new Robert Lewandowski? Krzysztof Piatek has been a revelation in Serie A since swapping Polish side Cracovia for Genoa in the summer. He has scored nine goals so far, putting him top of the Serie A scoring charts ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
68 – Ever Banega
Ever Banega was linked with Arsenal in the summer, a mooted target for his former boss Unai Emery, but he stayed put at Sevilla and the Spanish side are feeling the benefits. There have been two goals and two assists, and the Argentinian’s passing looks as sharp as ever, too.
67 – Alejandro Gomez
Atalanta’s Alejandro Gomez is enjoying a strong season in Serie A. The attacker has scored four goals and provided two assists and ranks third in Italy’s top tier for chances created per 90 minutes this season with 3.3, behind only AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu and Juventus’s Miralem Pjanic.
66 – Jonas Hofmann
Jonas Hofmann has shone for second-placed Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga this season, scoring five goals and providing three assists in 10 appearances so far. The Germany U21 international is pushing for a place in Joachim Low’s senior squad.
65 – Joelinton
As a promising Brazilian forward shining for Hoffenheim, Joelinton has already earned comparisons with Roberto Firmino. The 22-year-old has scored four goals and provided four assists in 804 Bundesliga minutes so far this season and could be a name to watch in the future.
64 – Joan Jordan
Joan Jordan has impressed for La Liga minnows Eibar this season, with two goals and three assists from midfield so far. The 24-year-old’s creativity has caught the eye. Of players to have played a minimum of 500 minutes in La Liga, only Lionel Messi, Marcelo and Ousmane Dembele are creating more chances per 90 minutes (2.9).
63 – James Maddison
This is Maddison’s first season in the Premier League but he already looks at home. The Leicester midfielder, a summer signing from Norwich, has impressed for Claude Puel’s side with his eye for goal and creativity, earning a call-up to last month’s England squad in the process.
62 – Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette has led the charge for Arsenal under Unai Emery, holding onto the striker’s position despite competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. So far, he has scored five goals and provided two assists in 897 minutes, also impressing with his defensive work-rate.
61 – Stephan El Shaarawy
Roma have made a stuttering start to the Serie A season but Stephan El Shaarawy has caught the eye. The former AC Milan forward has hit five goals so far and impressed with his all-round game, too, causing problems for Roma’s opponents on their left flank.
60 – Marcus Thuram
Guingamp sit bottom of Ligue 1 – level on points with Thierry Henry’s Monaco – but Marcus Thuram’s performances suggest he might be destined for bigger things. The 21-year-old forward, son of French legend Lilian Thuram, has hit five goals in nine games so far.
59 – Houssem Aouar
Houssem Aouar, 20, is the latest young star off Lyon’s production line, following in the footsteps of Alexandre Lacazette, Nabil Fekir and the rest. The central midfielder, who can also play on the left, has scored five goals and provided plenty of chances.
58 – Jonathan Bamba
Lille sit second in Ligue 1 and it owes a lot to their dangerous left winger Jonathan Bamba. The France U21 international has scored seven of their 21 goals so far.
57 – Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba has grabbed headlines for various reasons this season but he has performed effectively, according to our statistically-calculated rankings. The Frenchman has scored three goals and made three Premier League assists so far and Manchester United missed him badly in Sunday’s derby.
56 – Remy Cabella
Remy Cabella endured a difficult spell at Newcastle but he has been in excellent form for French side Saint-Etienne this season. The Frenchman has provided three goals and an assist in Ligue 1 and the statistics show he has also excelled in dribbling and passing.
55 – Wahbi Khazri
Like Cabella, Wahbi Khazri is impressing for Saint-Etienne having recovered from a difficult spell in the north-east. The former Sunderland winger has been used as a centre-forward by his club, netting six goals in 12 games so far.
54 – James Milner
Jurgen Klopp has compared James Milner to a “fine wine” this season. The Liverpool man turns 33 in January but he keeps getting better, according to his manager. Milner has scored two goals and provided assists and he has also excelled defensively, setting the tempo for Liverpool’s pressing.
53 – Arkadiusz Milik
Arkadiusz Milik has not been a guaranteed starter for Napoli this season but he has generally impressed when given the chance, scoring four goals and providing one assist in 600 Serie A minutes.
52 – Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane is enjoying another fine campaign on the left of Jurgen Klopp’s front three at Liverpool. The Senegal international has hit six goals in 11 appearances so far, meaning he is well on course to beat his total of 10 in 2017/18.
51 – Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah’s form has not yet reached the heights of last season but he has still impressed for Liverpool. There have been three goals in his last four Premier League games, including one in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Fulham. Only Sergio Aguero has had more shots and he also ranks in the top 10 for dribbles, chances created and shots.
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