As the wonderful football game becomes ever more modern, certain positions become even more fundamental in terms of scoring goals and keeping clean sheets. The goalkeeping position and striker area is proved to be key in order to win the game. However, the so called number 10 role, just behind the striker, is becoming ever more popular and certain teams are altering their formations just to include their most creative to fill that position in order to damage the opposition. A mixture of goals and assists are the key attributes in order to become a good number 10 playmaker.
Five players this season have proved to make the number 10 role their own with the contribution to goals and assists they’ve accumulated have seen them being talked about being the player of the season when this exciting and strange season arrives. Here are the five and you can only pick one who you think is the best number 10 in England’s top flight.
Mesut Ozil is having the best season in a Gunners shirt since his £40m arrival from Real Madrid last season. From August to November, Ozil managed to create more chances than Chelsea, has created more chances in the Premier League than any other player , was the first player to register an assist in six consecutive games and has the best assist average in Premier League history.
Dimitri Payet is arguably West Ham’s best player and even manager Slaven Bilic has stated that he is and has no shame in admitting it. The magician has the same playing style as the likes of Hammers legends Paolo Di Canio and Carlos Tevez as the fans respond to his brilliance. Only Ozil has created more chances than Payet and eight goals and six assists this season means he is highly regarded by the Premier League.
Dele Alli is most definitely the hardest working number 10 out of the five and has covered more distance in games than any of the five playmaker’s mentioned. His temperament is his only demon but the former MK Dons player has deservedly earned himself a place in the England squad and his extraordinary volley’s that rippled the back of the net against Everton and Crystal Palace shows his quality.
Ross Barkley has no doubt got fantastic quality and should definitely be on the plane to France in the summer for Euro 2016. His vision, flair, power, strength and eye for goal means he is only going to get better seeing as the Everton youth product is still only 22 years old.
Riyad Mahrez has had a bit of the limelight taken away from him at Leicester City because of the brilliance of Jamie Vardy. However, the combination of Vardy and Mahrez this season is equal to Barcelona’s deadly frontline of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. 15 goals and nine assists means the Algerian international means a plethora of clubs, including, Barca, Real Madrid and Manchester United are all looking to nab him away from the Premier League leaders.