The financial clout of the Premier League is one of its great strengths. It allows the biggest clubs in England to attract marquee players and coaches but it also allows clubs further down the table to spend big money on talented players.
And that inevitably leads to one big debate: who is the best player outside of English football’s traditional top six? There are several candidates scattered across the division.
Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu is a match-winner on his day. And is Ayoze Pérez at Newcastle United. Then there are the likes of Jamie Vardy, Callum Wilson, and Richarlison.
But the Football Whispers data scientists have narrowed down the debate to three players. Crystal Palace’s talisman Wilfried Zaha. Wolverhampton Wanderers’ striker Raúl Jiménez. And Leicester City schemer James Maddison.
We have analysed the trio’s numbers from this season to find out who can be crowned the best Premier League player outside of the top six. And the answer may come as a surprise to some of you.
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