1. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Joshua Kimmich is a world-class right-back and a world-class midfielder who is one of the top players in the game. This frequently causes issues, as managers are confused of how to best utilize him. Kimmich has played in both positions and is known for his passing, crossing, and defensive ability. Kimmich has been compared to Philipp Lahm because of his adaptability.
The 26-year-old is one of the first names on the teamsheet for both club and country, having won the triple with Bayern Munich in 2020.
2. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
In 2016, Pogba returned to Manchester United after leaving Juventus for a then-club-record sum of £94.5 million. The 28-year-old has been chastised for his uneven performances, with world-class performances interspersed between sub-par outings.
The France international, on the other hand, has recently looked fantastic. Pogba has started the 2021/22 season well, registering five assists in just two league games. Manchester United should do everything they can to get him to sign a new contract before his current one expires next summer.
3. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)
Marco Verratti, one of the top midfielders in the world, showcased his talent once again at Euro 2020. Verratti is one of PSG's most valuable acquisitions. The Italy international was signed from Pescara for approximately £11 million in 2012 and has since developed into one of the top players in his position in the world. Verratti is a dynamic, technically adept footballer who can tackle well and pass well.
4. Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Chelsea were very active in the transfer market last summer, spending a lot of money on players like Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, and Kai Havertz. However, there is a case to be made that Thiago Silva was their best summer addition. The 36-year-old joined Chelsea after a successful period with Paris Saint-Germain, but there were doubts about his ability to start and perform consistently for the Blues.
Since joining Chelsea, Silva, who is widely considered as one of the best centre-backs of his generation, has been one of the club's top players. Chelsea's backline has benefited from his experience, leadership, and quality, and he played a key role in the club's UEFA Champions League victory.
5. Koke (Atletico Madrid)
Koke is a one-club man who is the captain of Atletico Madrid and one of the top midfielders in La Liga. Koke has made 504 appearances for Atletico Madrid in all competitions since his debut in 2009, scoring 46 goals and contributing 106 assists. The Spain international has twice won La Liga and the Europa League with the club, as well as assisting them in reaching the UEFA Champions League final.
6. Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool)
Thiago Alcantara had a quiet debut season with Liverpool last season and will be hoping to make a better impression this season.
Thiago is widely recognized as one of the best midfielders in the world. During his time at Bayern Munich, the Spain international was a key first-team player, impressing with his technical ability and quick feet. In 2020, Thiago won the treble with Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich.
The former Bayern Munich player joined Liverpool for roughly £20 million last summer, and a lot was expected of him. Thiago has yet to recreate his Bayern Munich form in the Premier League, but he is more than capable of having a world-class season this time.
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