How long will the term ‘big six’ survive in the current climate?
For a few seasons, there did seem to be a gulf between the top six teams (Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs) and the rest but in recent times the lines have blurred.
As the weeks go by, Leicester’s omission from a group dubbed ‘the big six’ appears increasingly illogical.
And it’s highly likely West Ham and Everton will also finish above two or three members of the supposedly elite group.
Here at Dream Team we’re calling for an end to usage of ‘the big six’ in its current form and so we’re choosing to acknowledge the best players from ‘the small 14’ — a term that thankfully doesn’t exist.
These are the ten players with the most Dream Team points this season who represent clubs outside the so-called ‘big six’.
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£4.3m) – 180 points
- Patrick Bamford (£3.4m) – 151 points
- Jamie Vardy (£4.8m) – 139 points
- Harvey Barnes (£2.9m) – 133 points
- James Maddison (£4.1m) – 129 points
- James Justin (£3.8m) – 128 points
- Jack Grealish (£4.5m) – 124 points
- Ollie Watkins (£3.2m) – 123 points
- Tomas Soucek (£3.3m) – 122 points
- Emiliano Martinez (£3.6m) – 118 points
It’s no surprise to see so many of Brendan Rodgers’ troops make the cut given the Foxes haven’t dropped out of the top four all season.
All four Leicester players in question would have even more impressive tallies had they not suffered injury setbacks.
Aston Villa are the next-best represented team with three players in the list.
Grealish and Watkins have 35 goal contributions between them in all contributions this term while only Ederson (£4.2m) has more Premier League clean sheets than Martinez in 2020/21.
Everton’s No9 leads the way having plundered 19 goals, including two hat-tricks.
Calvert-Lewin raced out of the blocks and became a must-have Dream Team asset in the first month — his returns have dipped since then but his campaign as a whole remains very fruitful.