The 2017/2018 season is now at an end, this makes it a great time to look back at which players performed the best during the campaign. Below I’ve listed the top 10 highest scoring midfielders. This list should help form a base for team selection for next season.
1. Salah – Liverpool
Games played: 52
Salah had a remarkable first season at Liverpool and achieved a huge points total. For a player who isn’t even an out and out striker to return 32 Premier League goals was astonishing. I’m not even sure it would be possible to recreate this consistent level of performance next season however it would be very dangerous to exclude him from any team. I’d expect him to start at a very high price tag though.
2. De Bruyne – Man City
Games played: 52
De Bruyne was as consistent as ever and actually achieved more points this time around than he did last season. I started with him in my team but soon took him out – this was where things started to go wrong for me and was probably my biggest mistake of the season. I’d imagine he will come at a big price tag next season once again but should always be worth considering.
3. Hazard – Chelsea
Games played: 41
Hazard once again achieved a high scoring finish to the season. His 12 goals in the Premier League would have certainly helped and with additional European games this helped him beat his previous total. His future at the club looks uncertain at the moment but if he remains at Stamford Bridge he will be hard to ignore.
4. Sterling – Man City
Games played: 46
Only Salah scored more Premier League goals from midfield than Sterling. This is reflected by a decent points total for the Man City player. His value almost doubled over the course of the season and it will be interesting to see what his starting value is for next season.
5. Mane – Liverpool
Games played: 44
With more game time at Liverpool this season it’s no surprise to see Mane making this list. He’s been a little overshadowed by Salah’s performances at Anfield during the course of the season but had a great campaign in his own right. I’d expect to see him on this list again next season.
6. Eriksen – Tottenham
Games played: 47
Eriksen was second on this list last year and is one of the few midfielders on the list who ended up with less points compared to the previous season. That being said he still got into double figures for goals scored in the Premier League and has proved a consistent point scorer with over 200 points in both of the last two seasons. There’s no reason why I couldn’t see this continuing into next season.
7. Sane – Man City
Games played: 49
Sane added 100 points to his total compared to the previous season and is well justified in his place on the top 10 list. He is another midfielder who managed to get into double figures in terms of Premier League goals and with a rest over the summer could be a good choice early on.
8. Mahrez – Leicester
Games played: 41
In a similar story to Vardy – Mahrez is the only player on this list who plays for a club outside of the top 5 teams in the Premier League. What’s even more interesting is with his move to Man City already complete, who knows how many points he could potentially score over the next season. He will certainly be one to keep an eye on.
9. Willian – Chelsea
Games played: 54
Willian had another good season with Chelsea and improved on his points total from the previous campaign. He could be a good cheaper option for next season. Although with Hazard looking like he may depart and the lack of Champions League football may make Willian slightly less appealing.
10. Silva – Man City
Games played: 40
Silva is another Man City midfielder who had a good season in terms of his return of points. It’s worth noting although he comes in 10th on this list, he is around 100 points behind the top 3 midfielders. He may be worth considering at times for next season, however it’s hard to look beyond De Bruyne, Sterling or Sane when considering a Man City midfielder.
Once again the majority of the top 10 highest scoring midfielders are made up from players within the top 6/7 teams in the Premier League. I always tend not to look much further than these teams when selecting players and the stats seem to back this up. I think the key to selecting midfielders is choosing those who play in a more advanced role, making them more likely to pick up 10+ goals and a good number of assists. It was also interesting to see a midfielder taking the top spot as the highest scoring player on the game. Salah is the perfect example of the type of midfielder I’d be looking for – he was a bargain at 4m and plays that far forward that you could easily class him as a striker.
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