The premise is simple here.
We’ve singled out the best Dream Team performer from each Premier League club this season.
Let’s get into it…
Arsenal – Nicolas Pepe (£3.9m) 121 points
The Ivorian winger remains the Gunners’ best performer this season after thoroughly enjoying himself in the Europa League group stages.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s (£4.5m) relatively underwhelming season left the door open for one of his team-mates and Pepe has stepped right through with eight goals, five assists and six Star Man awards.
Aston Villa – Jack Grealish (£4.5m) – 124 points
The Villains’ slick playmaker edges out Ollie Watkins (£3.1m) by just one point!
Grealish has been one of the most popular midfielders since the start of 2020/21 and tens of thousands of gaffers will be hoping he returns from injury in good form after the international break.
Brighton – Joel Veltman (£2.6m) – 73 points
Not much to celebrate from the Seagulls’ nest in terms of Dream Team this season.
Brighton’s underlying numbers are impressive but they’ve underperformed in the metrics that really count.
Veltman and his fellow defenders would all have 100+ points had they not been treated so brutally by the xG gods.
Burnley – Nick Pope (£3.2m) – 97 points
Another respectable campaign for a man hoping to be England’s No1 this summer.
Pope’s returns are particularly impressive when you consider he represents a team who seem permanently pinned in the bottom half.
He’s clinched six Star Man awards, allowing him to mix with the high-profile keepers — Ederson (£4.2m) is yet to be named Star Man this season.
Chelsea – Reece James (£5.0m) – 152 points
The Blues’ four best players at this stage are all defenders which is reflective of both their solid start under Frank Lampard and their current form under Thomas Tuchel.
James just about edges it over his team-mates thanks to 18 7+ ratings.
Many Dream Team bosses have has success installing a full Chelsea defence at times.
Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha (£3.0m) – 73 points
There was a brief period in the first half of the campaign when the Eagles’ talisman provided decent returns but you haven’t missed out on much if you decided to ignore Palace completely.
Everton – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£4.2m) – 180 points
With several high-profile forwards underperforming this season, the Toffees’ No9 has been a saviour for many.
Calvert-Lewin has bagged 19 goals in all competitions and is comfortably Everton’s best player as a result.
If Carlo Ancelotti can guide his troops to European qualification than DCL will surely be a popular pick again in 2021/22.
Fulham – Ademola Lookman (£2.5) – 79 points
Another club Dream Team gaffers have wisely swerved despite an upturn in form since Christmas.
Leeds – Patrick Bamford (£3.7m) – 151 points
One of the surprise packages of the season who has emphatically silenced his critics.
Raphinha (£3.5m) has impressed as well for the newly-promoted side but the Brazilian is 62 points adrift of Bamford, who has registered 14 goals and eight assists.
Leicester – Jamie Vardy (£4.7m) – 139 points
Everyone’s favourite party boy raced out of the blocks and looked to be mounting an impressive defence of his Golden Boot until a hernia derailed his season.
He has provided some impressive assists in recent weeks but the goals have dried up in a big way.
Vardy is one of six Leicester players with 100+ points.
Liverpool – Mohamed Salah (£5.8m) – 210 points
It says a lot about the Egyptian’s quality that he hasn’t always looked at his best and yet he’s amassed 210 points, bulked out by 25 goals in all competitions.
Sadio Mane (£6.2m) is the only Anfield resident close to Salah, who has exactly twice as many points as Andy Robertson (£4.1m), the Reds’ third-best player in 2020/21.
Man City – Joao Cancelo (£6.0m) – 218 points
The best of an exemplary bunch.
Pep Guardiola’s ‘false 2’ is the only defender with a double century of points, hence his eyewatering price.
Man City have 12 players with 100+ points, seven of which have over 150 points, but Cancelo is the runaway leader thanks to 22 clean sheets, 24 7+ ratings, and five Star Man awards.
Man United – Bruno Fernandes (£4.9m) – 255 points
The Portugal international isn’t as clear at the top of Man United’s rankings as you might think thanks to Marcus Rashford’s (£4.7m) haul of 215 points.
But Fernandes is in a league of his own among midfielders with 88 points more than his nearest rival.
23 goals and 14 assists in all competitions represents an almost superhuman effort.
Newcastle – Callum Wilson (£2.9m) – 89 points
Similar to Zaha in that there was a short window where he was viable but one that was ended with injury.
Even the most partisan Newcastle-supporting Dream Team boss probably hasn’t dabbled much in their own players…
Sheffield United – David McGoldrick (£2.3m) – 71 points
Moving swiftly on…
Southampton – James Ward-Prowse (£3.3m) – 115 points
A great effort from the Premier League’s set-piece specialist.
Saints’ captain is enjoying his best ever season in terms of goals with eight in all competitions and may well have earned himself a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad this summer.
Spurs – Harry Kane (£6.7m) – 290 points
What else is there to say about Dream Team’s MVP of 2020/21?
Tottenham’s talisman has added a plethora of assists to his game this season – 16 of them to be precise – while still banging in 25 goals.
Son Heung-min (£4.4m) has 183 points of his own but even he’s nowhere near catching his partner in crime.
West Brom – Matheus Pereira (£1.6m) – 49 points
That’s right, no West Brom player has passed 50 points this season yet…
West Ham – Tomas Soucek (£3.5m) – 122 points
The Hammers have overperformed against expectations more than any other Premier League club this season and their hard-working Czech midfielder has been key to their spirited attempt at Champions League qualification.
Soucek has scored nine goals – most of the headers – while also doing lots of the dirty work in the middle of the park.
Those who gambled and brought him into their Dream Team midfield have generally be rewarded for their faith.
Wolves – Pedro Neto (£2.8m) – 101 points
It’s been a bit of a slog for Wolves this season and there’s no underestimating the significance of Raul Jimenez’s (£4.3m) absence since his horrific head injury.
But Neto has impressed as the chief attacking threat at Molineux — he’s only just turned 21 years old.
11 goal contributions represents a decent effort from a player who has a bright future.