Premier League 100: Ranking the Top Players Entering 2015/16 Season

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Premier League 100: Ranking the Top Players Entering 2015/16 Season
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A new Premier League season beckons, which means a clean slate for everyone.

Chelsea will be pushed hard for the title as Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have tangibly strengthened in the transfer window, adding another layer of intrigue to an already exciting campaign ahead.

Further down the table, the new TV deal has enabled mid-to-lower-table clubs to spend above what has traditionally been their stations, with Swansea City, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Southampton, West Ham United and more all hauling in premium players to help them push on.

It's not as if we needed an excuse, but all the new additions represent the perfect opportunity for Bleacher Report to deliver its pre-season Premier League 100, a ranking of the best 100 players in the division based on ability alone. With no form to speak of, we gauge players as they are right now, measuring them against each other to crown a champion.

Rather than simply base the player's rank solely on the previous season's work, we take a more general view of each player and project into the coming season. For example, Luke Shaw had a horrible 2014-15, but looks primed to bounce back and re-establish himself as one of the best left-backs in the division this season. He's in the 100 here; he was distinctly absent from our end-of-season iteration in May.

Who is the best overall player in the Premier League as we enter 2015-16? Take a peek inside and find out!

 

All statistics are via WhoScored.com

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