Wyscout’s Teams of the Season so far
In every self-respecting season in history, the last days of the year are always the best time to sum up what has happened so far, even if several leagues – historically the Premier League and from this year Serie A as well – won’t even stop for the so-called Boxing Day, on December 26. The end of the year 2018, just like all the other ones, gives us the perfect ‘excuse’ to analyze and investigate all the various championship, that have almost reached their halfway point.
This year, we want to do that by showing you one of the most appreciated and used tools on the Wyscout Platform: Rankings. Specifically thanks to the “Index” voice in the player section. Adding one of Europe’s top 5 leagues and, of course, the current season, you have the chance to see the Teams of the Season (so far) with a very traditional 4-4-2 lineup. Of course, the Index section also features all the rankings divided by position but for this mid-season analysis, we chose to show you the best teams so far in the five most important leagues in Europe: Serie A, Premier League, LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga. Wyscout Top Teams are calculated through a specific algorithm for every position, according to a series of parameters and scores for every game played.
Even if the Italian championship’s table has no relevant news this year as Juventus has a solid 8 points-advantage to Napoli, the same cannot be said for Serie A’s Top 11. Above all others, the main news has to be Cristiano Ronaldo, the front cover man so far, with 11 goals scored in his first 16 games in Italy, sharing one of the two offensive spots with Lazio’s forward Ciro Immobile, a guarantee in Serie A.
In the midfield, Wyscout Rankings rewards Udinese Rodrigo de Paul’s impressive start of the season, 6 goals and 3 assists for him so far, and Bosnian Rade Krunić, one of Empoli’s protagonists in this first part of Serie A. Suso and Alejandro “Papu” Gomez completes the midfield with them. In the defensive line, alongside with three certainties like Chiellini, Koulibaly and Kolarov, we find SPAL’s right-back Manuel Lazzari that, thanks to his brilliant performances, has earned his first call with the Italian National team. The Top 11 is completed by the less-conceding goalkeeper in Serie A so far, Juventus’ Szczęsny.
The Premier League’s table is way more challenged, with Liverpool and Manchester City battling for the first place in a tight fight. Inevitably, some Reds and Citizens footballers are part of our Top 11, with Bernardo Silva and Mohamed Salah sharing two of the four sports in the midfield, while Van Dijk and Laporte doing the same in the defensive line. Alisson, that is having a great impact on Klopp’s side, is the best goalkeeper according to Wyscout’s algorithms.
From the Merseyside to the shores of the river Thames, as the two best strikers in the Premier League so far are Harry Kane and Aleksandar Mitrović from London rivals Tottenham and Fulham. Talking about the capital, there’s also a duo from Chelsea that takes a spot in the defense – Marcos Alonso – and midfield, where Eden Hazard is rewarded for his massive start of the season: in fact, the Belgian is first in the league for Wyscout Rankings’ “Goals & Assists”, thanks to 8 goals and as many winning passes.
The last two spots of the Premier League Top 11 are held by the ‘outsiders’ of this special lineup. The first one if the missing midfielder, that would be Everton’s Gylfi Sigurðsson. The second is Matt Doherty, the 26-years-old from Wolverhampton Wanderers, one of the surprises in this first half of the season. The Irishman has been a key player for Nuno Espirito Santo, particularly thanks to his 3 goals and 3 assists.
The very uncertain table in LaLiga is reflected by its Top 11 lineup so far, as you can see from the very goalkeeper, Fernando Pacheco, that has been the pillar of the five-best defense in the league, that led Deportivo Alavés to a surprising sixth place. The defensive line is a mixture of certainties and outsiders, as the two pillars of the Spanish National Team, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué, are sided by Nacho Martínez – a key player for Real Valladolid’s back line – and Eibar’s Rubén Peña.
The midfield is also half occupied by Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively with Ousmane Dembélé and Gareth Bale, that have scored 6 and 4 goals so far. The other two spots are for Pablo Sarabia – second in the table with Sevilla, which he scored seven goals with – and Raùl Garcia, a midfielder for Atheltic Bilbao. There’s nothing more to say about the offensive due, entirely colored of Blaugrana. In fact, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi hold the first two places in the “Goals & Assists” ranking: 13 for the Uruguayan, with 11 goals and 2 assists – and a thunderous amount of 24 for La Pulga, thanks to 14 goals and 10 assists (first in the league for both statistics).
Paris Saint-Germain’s 10 point-lead – one of the few unbeaten teams in Europe – is only worth three players in the Top 11 for this first part of the season. Two of them compose the all-Brazilian defensive core, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, while the other one is Neymar Jr, that holds one of the four spots in the midfield.
Between the posts, there’s OGC Nice’s Walter Benítez, that conceded only 9 goals in the 14 games played. The defensive line is completed by Strasbourg’s Kenny Lala and Nantes’ Lucas Lima, that has played every match so far. In the midfield, we find Toulouse’s Max-Alain Gradel, that already scored six goals in the season, Saint-Etienne’s Rémy Cabella – fourth in the Ligue 1 table – and Lille’s Nicolas Pépé, on top of the goalscorers list with 12 goals so far. The offensive duo is somehow unexpected, as is made by Nantes’ Argentinian striker Emiliano Sala, that already made 12 goals, and the French striker Gaëtan Laborde, that with his 7 goals led Montpellier to a surprising fourth place in the table.
Last but not least, the Bundesliga Top 11 is opened by Yann Sommer, goalkeeper for Borussia Mönchengladbach, that thanks to his saves can praise the second-best defense in the league, the same spot M’gladbach holds in the table. Even with Bayern’s difficult start of the season, the central defenders are both Bavarian: Niklas Süle and Jerome Boateng. The right-back position is held by Schalke’s Daniel Caligiuri, 2 goals for him so far, and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostić.
A teammate duo is also part of the midfield, thanks to Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho’s dominance with league-leader Borussia Dortmund. BVB’s captain has finally got back to his highest level, while the Englishman born in 2000 has been one of the most pleasing surprises in the Bundesliga so far. Thomas Müller confirms himself as one of the most effective midfielders in Europe, while the line is completed by the second Hazard in these spacial Top 11s. Of course, we’re talking about Thorgan, that already scored 9 goals with M’gladbach.
Robert Lewandowski’s stunning effectiveness is confirmed by his presence in the offensive duo, thanks to his 10 goals and 4 assists so far. The other striker may look more as an outsider but in fact, thanks to his 9 goals and 7 assists, Eintracht’s Sébastien Haller holds the first place in the “Goals & Assists” ranking, other than one of the two spots in this Top 11’s attack.