We are two months into the 2018-19 Premier League season and the table has a more familiar look to it ahead of the second international break. Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool are on 20 points and only goal difference separates the three teams while Arsenal have had a renaissance of sorts after winning their last six league games.
The transfer window closed earlier than usual this time and perhaps that has played in a role in some of the players hitting the ground running this season. We take a look at three players who have had the biggest impact so far this season.
Signed by Everton for big money, a lot of expectations lay on the young Brazilian’s shoulders and boy he has delivered so far. Richarlison has added that spark to the Everton attack that they missed since Romelu Lukaku’s departure and is scoring goals even from the wider areas.
The Evertonians love a player who can always pull off a trick or two and Richarlison has plenty of that in his game.
He has scored four goals so far and has been fouled at least twice every game which shows just how hard it is to win the ball off him without fouling him.
#2 James Maddison
Making the transition from the Championship to the Premier League is something only the elite can handle and it seems that Maddison is in that category already. It’s too early to state if he’ll be the number 10 that England have lacked for a while but the early signs are promising.
The 21-year old has already scored thrice and assisted twice but it’s his ability to create openings that has caught the eye of the fans and the pundits.
He averages 1.9 key passes a game and gets into pretty good positions as he takes 2.1 shots per game. If he can fine-tune his game, he could soon become one of the most sought-after attackers in the game!
Maurizio Sarri’s first decision at the club was to sign the Italian and the midfielder hasn’t disappointed. Jorginho broke the record for the most passes in a game (180) and has been at the centre of most moves the Blues had managed this season.
Ball retention and recycling are critical in Sarri’s style and Jorginho has done that to perfection. He averages 106.6 passes a game, a number significantly higher than any other Chelsea player, and has an accuracy of 91 percent.
Stats via Whoscored