Top 10 EPL Players By Statistics (Number 6 is a Shock!)

As another season draws to a close it’s time to look back over the last eight months and see who lit up the EPL. Some players shone a lot brighter than others and with the PFA awards just around the corner it’s fun to see who should – statistically speaking – sweep the awards this season. 

We’ve taken data from WhoScored and sorted through all players in the Premier League this season, looking at which ones had the highest average ratings across the year.

One key caveat to note – we’ve only included players who played in a minimum of 25 matches this season. The top 10 was relatively as expected with a few shocks here and there, so scroll down to see the list from 1 to 10! 

10 – Bruno Guimaraes (7.32)

Seeing a Newcastle player on the list is fairly surprising given their turbulent season. They didn’t quite reach the same heights as last year but Bruno Guimaraes remained incredibly consistent. He’s looking like one of the club’s best signings and has 6 goals and 6 assists to his name from midfield this year. 

At 26, he’s entering his prime and you’d be surprised if Newcastle can keep ahold of him for much longer. We won’t be surprised if some big European clubs come calling in the summer after his impressive showing this year. 

9 – Eberechi Eze (7.35)

Despite only featuring in 26 of Crystal Palace’s games this season, Eze managed the most chances created, the most dribbles, and the most passes into the opposition box for the team. He’s by far and away their best player and we were quite surprised to find him on the list purely because Palace have faltered a lot this year. 

9 goals and 3 assists are impressive stats for the young English star – but is it enough to grab him a seat to Germany for Euro 2024?

Speaking in an interview with the BBC he admitted that it was “out of his control” but plenty of fans think he should be on the plane instead of the likes of James Maddison and Conor Gallagher. 

8 – Martin Odegaard (7.36)

martin odegaard

At 25 years of age, it’s easy to forget that Martin Odegaard was once dubbed one of the world’s most exciting teenage talents. His former years never reached amazing heights but after joining Arsenal in 2020 he never looked back. 

The Norweigan wizard has dominated the midfield for the Gunners this year and is one of the main reasons they’ve mounted another title challenge. 8 goals and 8 assists from midfield is impressive and he’s surely one of the hottest prospects in the world again! 

7 – Declan Rice (7.39)

Another reason Arsenal have done even better this year was the signing of Declan Rice. Manchester United are surely kicking themselves for not picking him up as he’s sured up Arsenal’s midfield and protected their backline. 

Rice is arguably the best midfielder in England at the moment and will improve any team. It’s not that surprising to see him as the odds-on favorite to win the PFA Player of The Year award by many of the non UK betting websites seen at He’s still only 25, which is mental, and that means the best could still be yet to come from this generational talent. 

6 – Bruno Fernandes (7.42)

Bruno Fernandes

This was by far the biggest shock. We didn’t expect Eze or Guimaraes to be on this list, but we did not predict Bruno Fernandes at number 6. Quite how he’s managed such a good average rating is beyond us – his style of play seems to suit the stat metrics well. 

No Manchester United player deserves to be anywhere near a top 10 list this season, let alone in the top 6. Granted, he’s scored 10 goals and got 8 assists from midfield but if you were to honestly pick the 6 best players in the EPL this season, would you mention Bruno Fernandes? 

5 – Erling Haaland (7.43)

Erling Haaland

With 27 goals in 28 starts, Erling Haaland looks set to claim his second Golden Boot in two seasons. Only four players have won the Golden Boot two seasons in a row since the Premier League’s inception but we’re not sure any of them won it in their first two years playing. 

The crazy thing about Haaland is that he’s still young enough to win Young Player of the Year awards AND he missed a few games through injury. That’s probably why he’s ranked 5th with 27 goals and 5 assists – maybe if he played a few more games he’d be even higher. 

4 – Cole Palmer (7.48)

significance of cole palmer at chelsea fcWhat more can be said about the significance of Cole Palmer at Chelsea? 22 goals and 10 assists from attacking midfield give shades of Lampard for the Blues.

If you thought he’d be as impactful as this then you’re lying. The lad barely played a game for Manchester City and this has been an incredible first year with his new club. 

An 83% pass success rate is crazy too, but maintaining a 7.48 rating across 32 games is stunning. The sad thing for Palmer is that he’s in the best position for England.

Your instinct says he needs to start in the Euros, but who do you drop? Bellingham? Foden? There’s a wealth of talent there which Southgate must be overjoyed to see. 

3 – Phil Foden (7.50)

We just mentioned the lad and Phil Foden has had an incredible season. Last year was something of a true breakout year for him as he started scoring goals consistently for Manchester City.

This year he has truly developed into one of the first names on the team sheet with 17 goals and 8 assists while boasting an 88% pass succession rate. 

The boy is supremely talented and is still only 23! He started 32 games for City and got MOTM 9 times…that’s pretty close to being the best player on the pitch in a third of the games he starts. 

2 – Rodri (7.61)

Do you know what’s crazy? If you look at any odds-checking website for the PFA Player of the Year Award you won’t see Rodri’s name at all. You get better odds of Kieran Trippier winning the award than Rodri.

He is truly one of the most underrated players in the EPL. It’s easy to see why – as a defensive midfielder or centre back he doesn’t do anything particularly glamorous, even when compared with Declan Rice in a similar role. 

He simply gets on with his job and does it absurdly well. City fans know that the team struggles without him and that’s why he’s statistically the second-best player of the year. 

1 – Bukayo Saka (7.67)

Coming in at number 1 is the Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka. It’s been another wonderful year for the winger, though he’s probably wishing the Euros weren’t coming up soon given the fact he’s started 35 EPL games for Arsenal this season. 

The boy needs a break, but he’s still going from strength to strength and showing consistent improvements. He’s statistically the best player in the league thanks to 16 goals and 9 assists.

That builds on his 14 goals and 11 assists last year, which built on 11 goals and 7 assists the year before. The sky’s the limit for this lad and we’re excited to see if he keeps improving next year. 

There you go – the top 10 players in the Premier League this year according to their average rating. No Liverpool players made the top 10, nor did any Spurs guys. If you’re interested, Ollie Watkins for Aston Villa just missed out with a 7.30 rating in 11th place with Anthony Gordon behind him at 7.28.