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Top 10 Left Midfielders/Wingers/Forwards
10. Lorenzo Insigne – SSC Napoli
Small in stature though he is, Insigne has been a giant for Napoli over the last few years, prior to the arrival of Sarri anyway. Fast and tricky, Insigne is a skilled winger who can give a defender nightmares when on song. It is his consistency that is a problem.
9. Memphis Depay – Olympique Lyonnais
A few years ago, Depay’s career looked to be a complete flop after his time at Manchester United turned out to be a mess. It does seem like that move just came too soon, as many said at the time, and he was just not ready to join a club the size of United. Since leaving he has turned around his career and you can see the player they wanted has finally emerged.
8. Heung-min Son – Tottenham Hotspur
It is a tough one to decide where he plays best and that versatility has cost him a place higher up the list. A brilliant player, on the left, on the right or up front, but struggles to hold down a position on a permanent basis just because he can play so well in those positions.
7. Gerard Delofeu – Watford
Pacey and tricky, Delofeu can be unplayable on his day. If he can just learn consistency, then he will be moving up the list. He has already improved from being a one or two times a season superstar to being a one in two performer. Playing for a club that expects more from him and that needs him has done him good.
6. Diogo Jota – Wolverhampton Wanderers
The Portugese has been a breath of fresh air this season, pace, skill, workrate and scores goals too. Jota grew in stature as the season went on and is one player who would particularly be disappointed by the interruption caused by the virus. It is no wonder the media link him with all the big clubs around Europe.
5. Neymar – Paris Saint-Germain
The talent he has should put him miles ahead of the rest but his attitude holds him back badly. Playing in a weak French league does not help his case either, but it is solely down to him and him alone that he is not top of the tree in his role. It is nothing short of embarrassing watching him cheating his way through games and is such a waste of incredible talent.
4. Eden Hazard – Real Madrid
His move to Madrid should have been the catalyst for a step up, but instead it has been a struggle for Hazard as he failed to get himself into the shape that he should have and his lack of fitness caused injury problems early in the season. Once he did get himself fit and in the first team, Hazard did begin to show the qualities Chelsea fans adored.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus
Still a great player but he has long since settled in as a striker only for him to be mostly used on the left this season by Sarri. As a result, it was not a great season for him and he finally showed signs of decline.
2. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
Sterling, despite the media hatred, has improved massively over the youngster that left Liverpool, learning to use his skills for the benefit of the team, while mostly mitigating his weak striking technique. The pace and workrate he has is a genuine problem for opponents and he usually causes the opposition to alter their match plan to counter him.
1. Sadio Mane – Liverpool
There is so much good to talk about with Mane, his workrate is incredible, often popping up in full-back areas and showing an ability to defend one-on-one that very few modern full-backs display. The acceleration he shows is insane, his skills and first touch are incredible and he scores and creates goals. Plus he is good in the air. Mane is fast becoming the complete player.
Written by Tris Burke May 26 2020 11:06:52