The Premier League team of 2020, according to WhoScored: Bruno, KDB…
Only players who played at least 20 games in the Premier League in 2020 are eligible for selection and WhoScored’s ratings system is weighted towards attacking contributions.
The team is displayed in a classic 4-4-2 formation and the midfield four would even make Garth Crooks blush.
Emiliano Martinez – 6.99
Having filled in for Arsenal at the end of the 2019-20 campaign Martinez decided to join Aston Villa in search of regular first-team football.
The goalkeeper kept out an impressive 77.5% of the shots he faced in 2020 and has helped Villa move into European contention.
Joao Cancelo – 7.33
The Manchester City full-back added some much-needed attacking impetus from the back for Pep Guardiola’s men in 2020.
He averaged more key passes from open play than any other Premier League defender and is slowly becoming an ever-present in a defence that his manager has loved to rotate as much as possible.
James Tarkowski – 7.14
No Premier League defender kept more clean sheets than the big Burnley man in 2020, with 14 to his name.
It is no wonder then that Sean Dyche and Burnley value him as high as they do, rejecting a £31million bid from West Ham in the summer.
Jannik Vestergaard – 7.13
Despite initially looking like a flop at Southampton, Vestergaard has become one of the Premier League’s most impressive defensive assets.
The Denmark international won more aerial duels per game than any other Premier League defender in 2020 and you get the feeling that the big six clubs will be considering moves for him soon enough.
Lucas Digne – 7.20
What?! Not Andy Robertson?! Digne may not have caught the eye as frequently as his Liverpool counterpart but with the France international averaging more accurate crosses per game (1.2) than anyone else, it is easy to see how he’s made the cut.
Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison both absolutely love the left-back for obvious reasons. Makes it hard to think that fans were once worried about life after Leighton Baines.
Sadio Mane – 7.37
Mane has established himself as one of the best players in the world since joining Liverpool from Southampton and 2020 was no different.
The Senegal international finished the year with 17 direct goal involvements as he helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to their first Premier League crown.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7.72
He won the PFA’s Player of the Year Award last season and now WhoScored have also named him their top dog for 2020.
With 15 assists and a grand total of 26 clear cut chances created, it is quite hard to argue with their results. He remains the player in the Premier League most likely to get you off your seat whenever he gets on the ball. Absolute box office.
Bruno Fernandes – 7.68
Narrowly pipped to the top-rating, but Fernandes can still hold his head very high.
After joining the club in January, the Portugal international transformed Manchester United in a short space of time, ending the year with more direct goal contributions than any other player (32).
It is hard to remember a player who has had quite as big an impact on a club in such a short space of time.
Jack Grealish – 7.45
People love to hate him but, at the end of the day, you just have to admit that Grealish is very good at football.
Directly involved in 15 Premier League goals for a Villa side who struggled for more than half the year strengthens his case significantly too, while he also averaged 2.9 key passes per game and 2.3 shots per game.
Mo Salah – 7.37
The Egypt international maintained his very high standards throughout 2020, ending the year as the top-scoring Premier League player (23).
He continued to be utterly ruthless in front of goal and looks set to lead another title challenge for Jurgen Klopp’s men, with the Reds leading the way going into the new year.
Harry Kane – 7.64
Boasting the third most goal involvements in the league last year (26), Kane has been in brutal form, reminding everyone of his immense qualities.
His newfound creative streak has caught the eye more than anything, adding some absolutely ludicrous assists to his repertoire – something that Heung Min Son has been particularly grateful for.