The 2019/20 season is finally over. All it took were 11 months, a global pandemic, and Liverpool finally getting their hands on the Premier League trophy after 30 long years. We also saw legends David Silva leave Manchester City and Everton's Leighton Baines retire, and last day drama saw Bournemouth and Watford get relegated alongside Norwich City.
There was no doubt that Liverpool were the best team in the league by a distance and thoroughly deserved to lift the Premier League trophy. Jordan Henderson was named the Football Writers’ Association’s Football of the Year earlier this week, and while awards and accolades are a great way to pinpoint the best players in the league, statistics also give an interesting insight into who has performed best.
And while statistics don't always tell the full story, WhoScored have been giving out ratings in every game this season and their data has been collated to produce an average match rating.
Using that data, here are the top 25 players in the Premier League this season, based on their average ratings.
25. Richarlison - Everton - 7.19 rating
Everton failed to live up to anyone's expectations this season, but their star player Richarlison ended the campaign with 13 goals and three assists.
24. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - Manchester United - 7.19 rating
Wan-Bissaka was defensively solid for Manchester United at right-back, and contributed with four assists at the other end of the pitch.
23. Trent Alexander-Arnold - Liverpool - 7.20 rating
Given his levels of performance, it is easy to forget that Alexander-Arnold is still only 21-years-old. The Liverpool youngster provided 13 assists this season, the most by a defender in a single campaign in the Premier League.
22. Jamie Vardy - Leicester City - 7.22 rating
Vardy enjoyed another stellar campaign that saw him surpass 100 career goals in the competition. His Golden Boot-winning campaign saw him finish with 23 goals while he also provided five further assists for team-mates to score.
21. Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City - 7.23 rating
The Nigerian midfielder was among the Foxes' top performers and produced a series of all-action displays in the middle of the park.
20. Jack Grealish - Aston Villa - 7.23 rating
It's difficult to imagine Villa surviving had it not been for their captain, Jack Grealish. He scored eight goals and assisted a lot more as Dean Smith's side stayed up by the skin of their teeth on the final day.
19. Heung Min-Son - Spurs - 7.24 rating
Double figures for goals and assists for Son this season (11 goals, 10 assists). The South Korean forward is worth his weight in gold for Spurs.
18. Raul Jimenez - Wolves - 7.25 rating
Jimenez enjoyed another superb season leading the line at Molineux. 17 goals and six assists make for a very good return.
17. Gabriel Jesus - Manchester City - 7.26 rating
Fourteen goals and seven assists from just 21 starts is pretty good from Man City's 23-year-old Brazilian forward who is being touted to replace Sergio Aguero in the future.
16. David Silva - Manchester City - 7.29 rating
This was Silva's last season in the Premier League, and the Spaniard provided 10 assists and bagged six goals this term. What an incredible midfielder he has been over the past 10 years!
15. Allan Saint-Maximin - Newcastle United - 7.29 rating
The Newcastle winger has enjoyed an excellent debut season in the Premier League, even though his goal contribution stats (three goals and four assists) weren't the most eye-catching.
14. Michail Antonio - West Ham United - 7.29 rating
The Hammers forward finally got to double figures in the Premier League, finishing a strong individual campaign with ten goals, including eight after the restart, and three assists.
13. Willian - Chelsea - 7.31 rating.
In what could well have been his final season at Stamford Bridge given his contract is up soon, the former Shakhtar Donetsk man scored nine times and contributed further with seven assists.
12. Anthony Martial - Manchester United - 7.31 rating.
Easily the Frenchman's best season in a United shirt. He bagged 17 goals in 31 appearances, as well as assisting on six occasions.
11. Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool - 7.32 rating
No defender has recorded more clean sheets in the division this season than Van Dijk (15), with the Netherlands international able to adapt to whoever is alongside him in the Reds' backline.
10. Harry Kane - Spurs - 7.33 rating
Harry Kane will be slightly disappointed with his tally of 18 goals - an average return by his lofty standards - but he did only make 29 league appearances this term owing to a long drawn injury.
9. James Maddison - Leicester City - 7.34 rating
The Leicester City playmaker was superb during the opening months of the 2019-20 season and ended the campaign with six goals and three assists.
8. Marcus Rashford - Manchester United - 7.35 rating
17 goals and seven assists in an impressive term from the England man, who also did brilliant work off the pitch, helping underprivileged kids during the coronavirus pandemic.
7. Raheem Sterling - Manchester City - 7.35 rating
Even with a dry spell in front of goal, Sterling finished the domestic campaign with 20 goals - making 2019/20 the best goalscoring season of his career.
6. Mohamed Salah - Liverpool - 7.40 rating
Salah was unable to win a third consecutive Golden Boot award, but Liverpool’s brilliant Egyptian still finishes the season with a mighty respectable 19 goals and 10 assists.
5. Sadio Mane - Liverpool - 7.45 rating
Arguably the player of the first half of the season, Mane finished the league season with 18 goals and nine assists in 35 appearances.
4. Riyad Mahrez - Manchester City - 7.48 rating
While he doesn't always start for City, 11 goals and nine assists is impressive for a player who has only started 21 games.
3. Adama Traore - Wolves - 7.49 rating
Wolves’ lightning-quick winger had his most fruitful season to date for Nuno Espirito Santo's side, scoring four goals and assisting nine more - seven of which were for Jimenez to find the net.
2. Ricardo Pereira - Leicester City - 7.50 rating
The Portugal international was superb for the Foxes in the season just gone and his absence was sorely felt when he was sidelined through injury in the latter stages.
1. Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City - 7.97 rating
Mind the gap, will ya?
In first place - and by some considerable distance - it is Man City’s brilliant Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
With an incredible 13 goals and 20 assists this season, De Bruyne has been this season’s standout Premier League player, according to stats. De Bruyne was directly involved in 33 Premier League goals this season (13 goals & 20 assists), the most by a central midfielder in a single season since Frank Lampard’s 36 in 2009-10 (22 goals & 14 assists).