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Who are the Premier League’s best wingers in 2024?

By Squawka News

Published: 15:00, 20 March 2024

The Premier League is home to some of the world’s best wingers.

Some of football’s most talented wingers have graced the Premier League, from David Beckham to Robert Pires to Eden Hazard and everyone in between.

But who are the standout winger right from the start of 2024?

2023/24 Top Five*:

  1. Bukayo Saka – 76%
  2. Mohamed Salah – 73%
  3. Cole Palmer – 72%
  4. Kaoru Mitoma – 66%
  5. Anthony Gordon – 65%

*excluding those who have played fewer than half the available minutes (1,260).

You’ll find a list below based on their Squawka Score across 20224. Only players who have played 400+ minutes of Premier League football are included.

Furthermore, some players like Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva are often deployed on the flanks but aren’t categorised as wingers.

That said, here are the five best wingers in the Premier League so far this year.

5. Timo Werner

  • Team: Tottenham
  • Minutes played: 445
  • Squawka Score: 69%

The temporary absence of Son Heung-min, who left for the Asia Cup, coupled with potentially dealing with key forward absentees through injury, saw Tottenham delve into the winter transfer market. They ultimately landed with Timo Werner, back in England’s top division, albeit on loan from RB Leipzig, following a much-discussed spell at Chelsea, where he didn’t consistently set the world on fire. So, to say the German is back to conclude some unfinished business would be an understatement, and to be fair, he seems more at home under Ange Postecoglou’s leadership, having already chipped in with some goal involvements (two goals and two assists through eight appearances)

4. Diogo Jota

  • Team: Liverpool
  • Minutes played: 406
  • Squawka Score: 72%

It’s been a stop-start campaign for Diogo Jota, who isn’t always guaranteed a starting berth in Jurgen Klopp’s team. Currently sidelined with a knee injury, the Portuguese forward was enjoying an incredible run of games, having netted four goals and creating three more in six outings to start the calendar year. A versatile talent, Jota can play on either flank or up-top as Liverpool’s centre-forward, though you hardly call him an orthodox option.

3. Cole Palmer

  • Team: Chelsea
  • Minutes played: 601
  • Squawka Score: 73%

Suppose whoever is eventually named signing of the season is not Cole Palmer. In that case, they’ve enjoyed an incredible debut campaign for their respective team because Palmer has been nothing short of a revelation at Stamford Bridge. There, he’s grown to arguably be Chelsea’s most dangerous attacking threat despite only being 21. Palmer’s overall numbers since the season began are eye-catching, and so far, in 2024, he’s bagged two goals while assisting on three other occasions.

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2. Gabriel Martinelli

  • Team: Arsenal
  • Minutes played: 468
  • Squawka Score: 73%

Gabriel Martinelli is quietly going about his business. He came into this season on the back of his most productive season. Currently sidelined with a foot injury, the Brazilian forward hasn’t always dominated the headlines, unlike some of his teammates. However, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta can still count on him when available. Following a meagre end to 2023, he turned some corners, registering three goals and two assists through seven appearances before sustaining his setback, as mentioned earlier.

Honourable mentions:

Several players, notably Mohamed Salah, Jérémy Doku, Raheem Sterling, and Jack Grealish have not met the minimum 400-minute threshold. Others who enjoyed admiration in 2024, such as Luis Díaz and Mohammed Kudus, are outside the leading five. Tottenham duo Brennan Johnson and Dejan Kulusevski have stepped up to support Son Heung-min, Richarlison and James Maddison. At the same time, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Anthony Elanga must reach another level if Nottingham Forest is to stave off relegation. Anthony Gordon, among the best across 2023/24, subsequently earning an England call-up and potential first cap, should rival Marcus Rashford within Gareth Southgate’s set-up. It’s fair to say that Alejandro Garnacho has stepped up to become Manchester United’s leading winger in recent weeks.

1. Bukayo Saka

  • Team: Arsenal
  • Minutes played: 606
  • Squawka Score: 74%

This has genuinely been the season which has seen Bukayo Saka level up and move into the ‘world-class’ discussion. Whatever some critics may say, his numbers and performances are undeniable. A graduate of Arsenal’s reputable youth set-up, Saka is now their leader in attack. If they are to end a two-decade championship wait, then much of that success rests on his shoulders. Already this year, he’s struck seven times while creating three goals across eight appearances. No one in the Premier League has been more prolific with him level with Rodrigo Muniz and Ollie Watkins regarding goals scored.

Squawka Score metrics and weighting

Here are the metrics used and the weighting given to each metric to come up with the overall Squawka Score:

  • 5: Goal Contribution, Goals Scored, Assists, Open Play Expected Assists, Non-penalty Expected Assists
  • 4: Touches in Opposition Box, Percentage of Open-play Chances Created that are Big Chances, Percentage of Sequences Featured In That End In A Shot, Big Chances Created, Conversion Rate, Big Chances Created, Shots On Target
  • 3: Successful Passes Into Box, Take-Ons Completed, Shot Accuracy, Retention Rate, Ground Duel Success (%), Fouls Won In Final Third
  • 2: Shots, Open Play Chances Created, Take-Ons Attempted, Shot Placement, Take-On Success, Fouls Won
  • 1: Cross Completion From Open Play, Possession Turnovers, Possessions Won In Attacking Third, Turnovers, Open Play Crosses Attempted, Through Balls Attempted, Final Third Passes Completed