When awards are going out to players, such as the PFA Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or, it is almost always won by an attacking player. One of the first times this trend was broken was at the London Awards just recently, when N’golo Kante took home the best player award. This got me thinking, what about defenders? Is there a way to figure out what player provides the most value to their team regardless of position? In my attempts to do so, I put together a bracket consisting of 37 field players in the Premier League, all with various positions. We are going to do a weekly series here at Loose Goose FC, where every week we go head to head to compare players purely based on statistics, and complete another round until only one player remains. Without further ado, here is the bracket:
This week, we are going to be doing the 5 “play-in” rounds, to narrow down the field to 32 players.
Jermain Defoe vs Sergio Aguero
Verdict: Jermain Defoe
Laurent Koscielny vs Shkodran Mustafi
Verdict: Laurent Koscielny
Seamus Coleman vs Victor Moses
Verdict: Seamus Coleman
David Silva vs Raheem Sterling
Verdict: David Silva
Adam Lallana vs Gylfi Sigurdsson
Verdict: Gylfi Sigurdsson
So, after round 1, here is the Round of 32 we are left with:
Be sure to stay tuned for Round 2 and keep updated with the rest of the tournament! Feel free to give us any feedback on the format.