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Top 10 Right Midfielders/Wingers/Forwards
10. Ismaila Sarr – Watford
Sarr makes such a significant difference to the Hornets’ results that he has to be in here. He never looks particularly outstanding, if anything he looks clumsy, but he gives full-backs nightmares. Pace, power, skill, added to youth and enthusiasm, Sarr looks like a huge talent on the rise.
9. Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund
While I am not convinced he is as wonderful as the hype makes him out to be, a lot of the defences he faces are, at best, woeful. Sometimes it is embarrassing watching how the defenders panic and jump out of his way without him having to actually do anything. However, his stats demand inclusion no matter how poor the defences are Sancho has to be good enough to take advantage of their shortcomings.
8. Federico Chiesa – Fiorentina
Chiesa is just 22 himself, another youngster, but he is established now as a key player in Serie A. What he needs now is better players around him to make the most of his talents. Something which did look likely to happen this summer before a virus changed the footballing transfer outlook.
7. Hakim Ziyech – Ajax (Deal agreed to sign for Chelsea in the next transfer window)
When he has his head in the game, Ziyech is top class. The problem he has is attitude. In the past he has squabbled with team-mates and coaching staff and ended up left out of the team as a result. On his day Ziyech can be a real handful for any defence and his attitude has shown improvement recently.
6. David Neres – Ajax
Despite being lightweight, the Brazilian is a lightning-quick tricky winger with real quality. The only thing he really needs to learn is to be more consistent and involve himself in games more. With Ziyech leaving that will give him the chance to solidify his place as first choice right winger at the Amsterdam club.
5. Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City
On his day the Algerian can be simply magical, with tricky fast feet and a wonderful left foot. However he is too inconsistent to move higher up the list. There are a lot of days when he is not even playing and when he does, Mahrez can often try too hard and do too much, losing possession. In large part that is down to being in and out of the side, but he has begun to show signs of adapting over last season.
4. Serge Gnabry – Bayern Munich
It is hard to remember him now as a raw, but promising, winger at Arsenal, because Arsene Wenger was oddle reticent to use him, despite him regularly looking like he had something to offer. Much more than many first team players that he was unable to displace. Since moving to Germany, he has not only lived up to the promise he showed at Arsenal, but exceeded it.
3. Adama Traore – Wolverhampton Wanderers
There is just one weakness left in Traore’s game, end product. If he can produce a more consistent end product, rather than running into blind alleys regularly, then he will be unstoppable with his insane acceleration and pace. He is more than just fast though, he has great skill too. If Traore continues to improve at the rate he has, then he will be pushing the top 2 next season.
2. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
The only reason he is number 2 is because of the long-term consistent brilliance of the number 1. Salah has been sensational for Liverpool from wide areas, producing numbers from wide areas that only Messi can compare to. Though Messi regularly faces much weaker sides than Salah does, so the gap is much smaller than it might seem. One thing that particularly impresses is Salah’s workrate, something that is a clear edge over Messi in recent years.
1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
In recent years he has stopped working for the team and it is showing in Barca’s performances of the last few years. However he is still on top of the pile, in large part for his years of brilliance for the team. His age is beginning to show and he is clearly not the player he once was, though still good enough to be on top of the pile.
Written by Tris Burke May 07 2020 11:54:14