Premier League Team & Players of the Season. We’ve reached the halfway point of the 2022-23 Premier League, with the World Cup now just around the corner, and so far the campaign has thrown up a bucketload of fascinating storylines. Is Arsenal a title contender? How is Newcastle already challenging for the top four? And is Erling Haaland a cyborg?
The season has also seen some Premier League newbies take the division by storm, while some of the more established names have taken their game to new heights.
William Saliba (Arsenal):finally donned the red shirt for Arsenal after an eon of anticipation, and he wasted no time in making up for the lost time. The Frenchman has been the best defender in the league thus far, combining almost flawless ball control with a game sense that defies his relatively immature years.
He has even contributed to a few goals, including the game-winning goal against Brentford and the goal that helped the Gunners defeat Bournemouth. Saliba, who is still only 21 years old, still has plenty of room to grow after this season. And to think, not so long ago, there was even talk of Arsenal cutting ties with him.
Joao Cancelo (Manchester City): This season, Joao Cancelo has continued to redefine what it means to play left defender in the Premier League. He is a key component of the City engine that controls possession every single week, and the areas he occupies make him an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses to handle.
While his skills on the ball receive more attention, it is important to remember that Cancelo is also a skilled defender, with a tackle-to-dribbler ratio that is comfortably above 70 so far.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City): The consensus is growing that Kevin De Bruyne, the best passer in football, deserves a berth in the greatest Premier League XI of all time.
De Bruyne has been even more lethal than usual this season thanks to the addition of a particular Norwegian center-forward. Erling Haaland now appears to only need to hang the ball up at the back post for him to force it into the goal. He is likely playing in his final World Cup, and he is in outstanding shape as he travels to Qatar.
Harry Kane (Tottenham): This season, Harry Kane has maintained his metronomic scoring pace, and his goals have helped Antonio Conte’s team escape numerous difficult situations.
Spurs’ talisman had to get going quickly after Son Heung-min had a rough start, and he has succeeded in doing just that, regaining his position as the top dog in north London. Success for Spurs this season would be a top-four finish, and Kane’s goals would be crucial if they want to return to the Champions League.
Erling Haaland (Manchester City): It is challenging to get a fresh perspective on Erling Haaland’s genius because so much has been written about his otherworldly performances. It would take a bold person to wager on Haaland breaking the single-season scoring record by the time the season is over, even if he is now on pace to score over 50 goals in a Premier League season.
Who knows what other statistical oddities he will turn into reality over the coming few months given that he is impossible to defend against and is currently enjoying the best support of his career from Foden, De Bruyne, Cancelo, and co.
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