Manchester City- Kevin de Bruyne
Like Liverpool, Manchester City are blessed with a host of players who could be given the honour of the best player in the club. However, unlike Liverpool, where almost all their players play their part to the T, City players have arguably more freedom to show their creativity on the pitch.
This allows for multiple players to shine and become heroes on any given night. However, there in one player in the squad who has had nights like these more regularly than the others in the Premier League. That man is none other than Kevin de Bruyne.
The Belgian is on the cusp of becoming the fastest player in the Premier league to notch 10 assists in a Premier League season. The current record stands at 12 games, KDB has 9 in 10 games so far. This season, he has bent time and space to his will as he creates chances after chances.
He has arguably been the best player in the Premier League so far this season. His dribbling, concentration, through balls and ability to make key passes is beyond compare at the moment. He has been exceptional with set pieces and despite playing the same ball repeatedly, he still beats the defenders and finds gaps consistently.
If KDB remains injury free, he could very well have the best season of his life. There is no reason to think otherwise. The midfielder, arguably in his prime, is currently the most influential player in the Premier League and he keeps proving why with every passing match.
Manchester United- Scott McTominay
Many would consider Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s philosophy of youth a failure. However, the recent rise of a young player has proven that success can indeed be found in the theme. Scott McTominay could very well be the template United should follow if they want to continue advocating Soslkjaer’s ideology.
McTominay has the heart and desire to play for Manchester United and succeed. It was believed, and with good reason, that the only reason he was in the playing XI was because of how thin United’s squad was. However, he has quickly proven everyone wrong by being the club’s player of the month twice in a row.
Initially played as a defensive midfielder, McTominay has grown to be much more than that. He has proven to be an excellent dribbler of the ball and has shown great vision in opening up spaces in the final 3rd. Bar Harry Maguire, he has had more touches than any other United player and has made 17 touches in the opposition’s box, an impressive amount for a holding midfielder.
His passes have also been very accurate (80.47%) and attack oriented, with 30.3% going forward while a measly 8.6% going backwards. He has also won more duels (78) and made more recoveries (76) than any other United player this season. To put it simply, McTominay is playing the very same role United have wanted to see Pogba play since his arrival from Juventus.
Unfortunately, the young Scotsman has been let down by his teammates who have failed to come good at the industrious midfielder’s contribution. If only Manchester United could find a few more players with the willingness, ability and heart like him, they wouldn’t be floundering at 10th place with 13 points in the Premier League.
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