Manchester United duo and Chelsea star, and England wonderkid

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The football has a new season feel about it but rest assured, we’re getting ever closer to the 2019/20 campaign’s climax.

Liverpool have won the title at a canter but have been inconsistent lately having dropped points in two games, a goalless draw at Everton as well as a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City.

Liverpool have been the best team this season but indifferent since it restarted

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Liverpool have been the best team this season but indifferent since it restarted

The relegation battle is starting to settle down with Brighton, West Ham and Watford picking up vital points while Aston Villa and Bournemouth have failed to get a win under their belts.

The race for Champions League football is the most intriguing saga of this season at the moment. Leicester, Chelsea, Manchester United, Wolves and even Arsenal are vying for a place in Europe’s premier club competition.

It’s been made all the more interesting because fifth could well be enough to make it but only if Man City’s European ban is upheld.

The Premier League’s form table shows that the teams going for the Champions League spots have generally started well but who have been the standout players?

talkSPORT.com has picked out seven players from the top flight who have hit the ground running since the restart.

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Mason Greenwood

Man United have indeed been one of those form teams of the restart with six wins and one draw.

The Red Devils have looked very sharp going forward, especially 18-year-old Greenwood, who has been outstanding since football came back.

At the start of the season, while showing clear signs of talent, he cut a figure of a boy playing a man’s game. But he’s used the break to his advantage by transforming the shape of his body and now defences can’t cope with him.

Greenwood has scored four goals in his last three matches, including a brilliant brace in their against Bournemouth.

He’s been so good that former United player John O’Shea believes it could lead to the club altering their transfer plans amid their links to Jadon Sancho.

O’Shea also suggested Greenwood has what it takes to become a United legend

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O’Shea also suggested Greenwood has what it takes to become a United legend

Bruno Fernandes

It’s unfair to say Fernandes has had a good restart. He’s been fantastic from the moment he walked through the door at Old Trafford in January.

The Red Devils are a much better team when he’s playing and stats show United would be top of the Premier League if the season started when Fernandes joined the club.

But this feature looks at how players have been since the restart and his restart stats make for impressive reading.

The Portuguese has scored five goals and provided three assists in five league matches. If there’s more of the same in their final four matches then United should sneak into the Champions League spots.

Fernandes has been compared to Eric Cantona despite being a United player for less than six months

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Fernandes has been compared to Eric Cantona despite being a United player for less than six months

Phil Foden

Replacing David Silva is a tall order but Foden’s form very much suggests Man City have found a worthy successor to the Spaniard’s throne.

Foden, 20, has scored four goals in four Premier League appearances and was in particularly scintillating form in victories over Burnley and Liverpool.

City have lost twice in the restart – against Chelsea and Southampton – but Foden wasn’t even in the squad for the Stamford Bridge clash and didn’t come on until the final half hour at St Mary’s.

It’s no coincidence that City are a better team with him on the pitch and there’s no doubting he has a huge future at the club.

Guardiola’s initial decision to restrict Foden’s action with the first-team is really paying off now

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Guardiola’s initial decision to restrict Foden’s action with the first-team is really paying off now

Kevin De Bruyne

Again, it’s almost unfair to say De Bruyne has had a good restart as he was outstanding last season, the season before and in pretty much every match he’s played for City since signing in 2015.

The Belgian really caught the eye in victories against Arsenal and Liverpool and although he played the full 90 minutes of the defeat at Chelsea, he still managed to score a stunning free-kick.

Like Foden, De Bruyne didn’t start the defeat at Southampton which shows just how important to Pep Guardiola’s side he is.

Liverpool may have run away with the title but there’s a very strong case to suggest De Bruyne has been the league’s best player this term.

When De Bruyne is playing, City are a formidable force

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When De Bruyne is playing, City are a formidable force

Christian Pulisic

He’s always maintained that he doesn’t want to be compared to Eden Hazard but if he carries on playing like he is then being likened to the Chelsea legend will happen.

It looked like his season was over when he sustained a torn abductor muscle in January and coronavirus threatened to derail the season. His absence also saw Chelsea lose their form as they only won three out of eight Premier League matches.

But the American has recovered and is back to the form he showed at the start of the season and regularly runs rings around his opponents.

Pulisic scored a wonderful goal against Man City and has also found the net against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. Just think how much fun he’ll have when Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner start playing for the Blues.

His menacing runs from the left are inevitably going to lead to Hazard comparisons

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His menacing runs from the left are inevitably going to lead to Hazard comparisons

Allan Saint-Maximin

Newcastle have been a real surprise package of the restart having amassed eleven points from six matches.

And their best player of the restart and perhaps all season has been winger Saint-Maximin.

The 23-year-old has only scored once in their restart matches but has been almost unplayable to opponents when on form.

Most notably, Bournemouth were run absolutely ragged by the Frenchman as he bagged three assists in a 4-1 victory for the Magpies at the Vitality Stadium.

The Frenchman is still something of a raw talent but his game is getting increasingly polished every week

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The Frenchman is still something of a raw talent but his game is getting increasingly polished every week

Danny Ings

The season’s stoppage would have been very inconvenient for striker Ings, who was on 15 Premier League goals in 2019/20.

However, he’s picked up from where he’s left off, adding another four to his tally as he chases the likes of Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Golden Boot.

Ings was in particularly good form during Saints’ 3-1 triumph at Watford, scoring a brilliant brace.

But it’s not just his ability to find the net that’s stood out but his work-ethic off the ball too. He was feeding off scraps against Man City a lot of the time but still ran his heart out and gave their defence all sorts to think about. His defending from the front gave his teammates some respite as they held on to win 1-0.

Ings (right) has 18 Premier League goals this season and is four off the league’s top scorer, Vardy

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Ings (right) has 18 Premier League goals this season and is four off the league’s top scorer, Vardy





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