The Most Exciting Players to Watch in the Premier League – Ranked

Sadio Mane is in red-hot form | MICHAEL REGAN/Getty Images

The Premier League is full to the brim with quality. On any given day, any side can beat any other and any player can steal the headlines with a moment of magic or two.

There are countless players in the division who make for enthralling watching, but there are an elite few who stand out from the bunch. They’re not always the most successful players, but if there was a trophy for getting fans up off their seats, their cabinets would be bursting.

Here are the ten most exciting players in the Premier League right now.

James Rodriguez
Rodriguez is finally back to his best | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

It feels so good to have 2014 James Rodríguez back with us in 2020.

After a disasterous spell with Real Madrid which had many questioning whether Rodríguez’s top-flight career was over, the Colombian has exploded back on to the scene with Everton.

With his artistry on the right wing, Everton have turned themselves into a genuine dark horse for the Premier League title, and Rodríguez doesn’t look like letting the momentum die out any time soon.

Christian Pulisic
Pulisic looks set for a bright future at Chelsea | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Having been billed as the future of American football for years now, Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic is no stranger to being in the spotlight.

Filling Eden Hazard’s shoes at Stamford Bridge was never going to be easy, but Pulisic has given it his all and ensured there’s still at least one elite dribbler at the Bridge.

His post-lockdown form, which saw him bag four goals and four assists in nine games, left fans’ mouths watering over what the current campaign might hold.

Heung-Min Son
Son knows how to score and assist | Pool/Getty Images

Harry Kane is the talisman of Tottenham Hotspur, but there are plenty of fans who’ll argue that Son Heung-min is the true star of the team.

While four-goal hauls like the one he managed against Southampton earlier this season are rare, Son still knows how to generate that level of excitement on a regular basis.

Known for his work rate, creativity and finishing, Son has proven to be an all-round star.

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Liverpool rely on Alexander-Arnold’s creativity | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Trent Alexander-Arnold has almost reinvented the right-back role since breaking through at Liverpool in the 2016/17 season.

Not only can he always be found charging down the right flank at Anfield, but Alexander-Arnold is now perhaps Liverpool’s primary creator, with his outstanding crossing helping turn Liverpool into European champions.

When a player is capable of creating a chance from anywhere on the pitch, they have to be seen as one of the most exciting around.

Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne is one of the league’s top creators | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

Excitement isn’t always about speed and dribbling. It’s often about unpredictability, and that’s what Kevin De Bruyne brings.

Make no mistake about it, the Manchester City man still knows how to beat a defender, but De Bruyne’s greatest weapon is his mind, and that’s on show whenever he whips out the kind of pass you wouldn’t even see in a video game.

He tied the Premier League’s single-season assist record last season when he chalked up his 20th, and he added 13 goals for good measure.

Wilfried Zaha
Zaha is often targeted by opponents | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Flair has been a core part of Wilfried Zaha’s game ever since his days as part of the Crystal Palace academy.

The Ivorian is known for his fantastic dribbling skills, and it’s not uncommon to see him completely humiliate an opponent with a move you’ve never even been before.

His job is made twice as hard as many defenders will double-up on him to try and keep him quiet, but that only makes the battle more intriguing.

Jack Grealish
England fans have been desperate to see Grealish play | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

You only have to look at the campaign for Jack Grealish to play for England if you want evidence of just what he can bring to a game.

Grealish shattered the record for the most-fouled player in a single season last year, being scythed down a whopping 167 times as defenders across the country simply could not handle the Aston Villa man.

Not only is he a nightmarish dribbler, but Grealish knows how to rack up goals and assists as well. It’s non-stop excitement.

Sadio Mane
Mane is a core part of Liverpool’s side | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Sadio Mané has quietly risen to superstardom. Jürgen Klopp has helped turn the Senegal international into one of the world’s finest forwards, and now he tears it up for Liverpool on a regular basis.

The joint-winner of the 2018/19 Golden Boot, Mané is a goal-first winger whose job is purely to put the ball in the back of the net, and that’s exactly what he does time and time again.

His partnership with Andy Robertson down the left side of Liverpool’s attack is something truly special. They’re so important to the Reds’ success, and to get that kind of role, you have to be really good.

Allan Saint-Maximin
Newcastle fans have fallen in love with Saint-Maximin | Pool/Getty Images

Growing up in the suburbs of Paris trying to replicate Robinho, Ronaldinho & Co, Allan Saint-Maximin has always had an eye for flair – and not always simply with a football.

During his time in France, Saint-Maximin became famous for both his outstanding dribbling and his Gucci headband, which has since been traded in for a Puma model since his move to Newcastle.

Despite only being at St James’ Park for a little over a year, Saint-Maximin has established himself as a real fan-favourite, but even supporters of other sides can’t get enough of watching him.

Adama Traore
Traore is a real crowd pleaser | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Ever since Adama Traoré’s time in Barcelona’s academy, Adama Traoré has earned a reputation as one of football’s most entertaining players.

Known mostly for his undying desire to beat a defender, Traoré can often be seen using his terrifying combination of lighting pace and raw strength to completely overwhelm opponents in a way which they will have never seen before. Blink and you’ll miss him.

Since moving to Wolves, Traoré has shown remarkable improvement when it comes to his end product, and he’s now one of those players you simply can’t stop watching.

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