It’s always frustrating when the new Premier League season is called off just a few games into it, especially following a record-breaking summer transfer window.
However, we’ve made it through the difficult part, and fans all around the world are only a few days away from witnessing Cristiano Ronaldo and a slew of other stars return to club football.
In the meanwhile, now that all 20 squads have been finalized, we’ve tried to keep you as involved in the 2021/22 Premier League season as possible by breaking down various positions.
We’ve previously given the Tiermaker treatment to goalkeepers, centre-backs, full-backs, and strikers at GIVEMESOCCER, and now we’re moving on to the league’s wingers.
We’re evaluating players that are generally labeled as a ‘right winger’ or a ‘left winger’ by Transfermarkt, with a few interventions along the way, for consistency’s sake.
Mason Greenwood and Diogo Jota, for example, were both listed in our striker rankings, so they won’t be appearing here.
Premier League wingers ranked
The final decision is based on my personal opinion, which is based on current data, the eye test, and my visceral instincts – though we’d love to hear yours as well.
It’s also worth noting that, in particular for the ‘underrated’ and ‘overrated’ portions, the titles of the tiers, which will be revealed in due course, are more essential than their order in respect to one another.
That, and the fact that anyone who plays as a Premier League winger gets recognition for their hard work and talent, so keep in mind that this is all in the context of England’s top division.
But enough with the housekeeping and disclaimers; we know you’re here for the debate, drama, and controversy, so scroll down to see the top 2021/22 Premier League wingers:
Andriy Yarmolenko and Ryan Fraser
Let’s be clear about one thing: Yarmolenko and Fraser are both quite talented footballers, and we’re not implying that they’re the worst two wingers in the Premier League.
Rather, they are, in my opinion, performing below the level of talent and ability that we know they have when compared to other wide receivers in the division, hence the term “disappointing.”
Injuries have undoubtedly hampered their progress since joining West Ham United and Newcastle United, respectively, but both players have fallen far short of expectations.
We can’t help but wish to witness their peak Bournemouth and Euro 2020 form in the Premier League this season, after 11 goal contributions in 71 games at their current club.
Does a job
Andros Townsend, Jóhann Berg Gumundsson, Alex Iwobi, Tariqe Fosu, Aaron Lennon, Moussa Djenepo, Nathan Redmond, Theo Walcott, and Jacob Murphy are among the players who have made an impact this season.
With this category, you already know the drill. In the Premier League, these players don’t exactly light the world on fire, but they get the job done and serve in underappreciated roles for their respective clubs.
Lennon and Walcott are past their peak, but they contribute a wealth of experience and top-level knowledge to their respective squads, while Iwobi, Murphy, and Djenepo provide solid back-up alternatives during extended seasons.
Gumundsson is Sean Dyche’s go-to choice at Turf Moor, Fosu has yet to show himself in the Premier League, and Redmond is a constant presence in the Southampton team.
And credit where credit is due, because Townsend has surprised us with his impressive start to life at Everton, so he may be due for an upgrade before the end of the season.
Christian Pulisic and Adama Traore are both overrated.
Again, it’s important to note that we’re not implying that Pulisic and Traore are worse than any other winger on the horizon. That couldn’t be further from the truth; they’re both great.
However, the term ‘overrated’ is generally applied to fans rather than players, and we believe that these two have received an excessive amount of attention in relation to their performance.
Furthermore, you get the impression that Tottenham Hotspur’s reported interest in Traore was a little ham-fisted after a season in which he only managed two goals and two assists in the league.
While Pulisic has a lot of potential, we need to temper our expectations a little because four Premier League goals in a year when Chelsea won the Champions League isn’t exactly impressive.
Give the youngsters some time.
Bryan Gil, Przemysaw Pacheta, Gabriel Martinelli, Dwight McNeill, and Christos Tzolis are among the stars of the show.
We believe it is too early to place any of these players in our other levels, regardless of their age or general experience in the professional game.
That may seem harsh when it comes to McNeill because he hasn’t really kicked on in 111 appearances for Burnley, but let’s not be too harsh considering he’s still only 21 years old.
Middle of the road
Bertrand Traore, Takumi Minamino, Daniel James, Milot Raschia, Ademola Lookman, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Sergi Canos, Steven Bergwijn, Daniel Podence, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Bryan Mbeumo and Leandro Trossard
When you’re talking about Premier League wingers, including World Cup and Champions League winners, being referred to as “middle of the road” is far from an insult.
And this is likely our most diverse tier, as you’ll note there’s a wide range of players, some of them are on the verge of being demoted to ‘does a job’ or ‘competent,’ depending on your viewpoint.
Despite their desire to succeed, the jury is yet out on James and Minamino, while Trossard, Podence, and Traore all fall into the category of being dependable pairs of hands in the Premier League.
Bergwijn and Lookman must score goals before receiving an upgrade, and while Canos, Raschia, Mbeumo, and Elyounoussi are all outstanding players, they must transfer their form to England’s top tier.
Hudson-Odoi is simply too good to be stuck in ‘give the lad time,’ despite his shortcomings.
Nicolas Pepe, Demarai Gray, Jarrod Bowen, Pedro Neto, Anwar El Ghazi, and Yoane Wissa are all underrated.
Is it possible that I’ve gone insane by declaring Pepe underrated? No, I haven’t, since despite being a huge disappointment for £72 million, the Arsenal star hasn’t been as bad as fans would have you believe.
Besides, with all of the issues at Emirates Stadium right now, a winger who was one of their best players last season with a cool 16 goals is the least of their concerns.
Bowen’s role at West Ham is underappreciated, Neto is rarely considered among the finest young players in the world, and El Ghazi appears to get lost in the shuffle of Villa’s attacking firepower.
Meanwhile, Wissa still has a lot of work to do in the Premier League, but the ‘underrated’ moniker is well-deserved because not enough people are talking about how good of a signing he is for Brentford.
And, based on some supporters’ recent assessments of Gray, you’d be forgiven for believing he was washed up at just 25 years old, but his quick start at Everton proves that isn’t the case.
Saïd Benrahma, Lucas Moura, Emiliano Buendia, Jack Harrison, Allan Saint-Maximin, Harvey Barnes, Ismaïla Sarr, Raphinha, Leon Bailey, Wilfried Zaha and Francisco Trincão
Many of these players have one thing in common: their potential is obvious, and they have great technical ability, but they don’t necessarily bring in the numbers that the league’s top do.
You can undoubtedly point the finger at Saint-Maximin, Raphinha, and Benrahma, but it’s a great situation to be in, and one that they’ll most likely overcome as they become more accustomed to life in the Premier League.
Sarr, Barnes, and Bailey will only improve with experience, Buendia is poised to flood the Premier League with goals, and Harrison deserves far more recognition for his outstanding influence at Leeds.
Maybe we’ve been a little harsh on Zaha because 11 goals in 2020/21 was a terrific return, but it’s his inconsistency that prevents him from receiving offers from every ‘big six’ team.
And, if Moura’s form has slowed in recent seasons, his relentless masterclass against Manchester City demonstrated that he’s still one of the league’s finest.
Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane, Marcus Rashford, Ferran Torres, Jack Grealish, and Raheem Sterling are all certified ballers.
Simply put, these are the greatest wingers in the Premier League who we believe are just missing out on the coveted ‘world-class status.’
These players’ reputation as Premier League ballers is unquestionable, whether it’s due to undeniable raw talent like Foden and Mahrez or consistent goal contributions like Rashford and Grealish.
Sancho may not be able to claim that position just yet, but we’d be crazy to put him much lower given his over 100 goal contributions for Borussia Dortmund at the age of 21.
Mane and Sterling would have been in the world-class area this time last year, and they’ll most sure be back in the coming months, but a little relegation was unavoidable after the grueling 2020/21 seasons.
And, while we may have been generous with Torres, we’re prepared to bet the farm that he’ll succeed in a more central role for the Citizens this season, ironically.
Heung-min Son and Mohamed Salah
Look, no matter how strongly you disagree with some of the Tiermaker’s choices, you can’t deny that Salah and Son are world-class players.
We’ll certainly admit that there’s a case to be made that Mane and Sterling are equally deserving of the top slot, but I’ve already stated this summer that I believe the Premier League currently has only 17 world-class players.
Sure, it’s a bold position, but Salah and Son have set the bar extremely high, with both players contributing 27 goals in the league last season – and they’ll certainly fight for the Golden Boot again this season.
So much quality
Also, remember to take a deep breath. The caliber of wingers in the Premier League is quite excellent, and the lower parts were far more difficult to rate than some of the other positions.
As a result, it’d be easy to argue that most of these wide-men at every level of the Tiermaker are deserving of promotion, and more power to you if you believe that.
At the end of the day, the raw talent at every level is admirable, and we’d love nothing more than for some of the lower-ranked players to prove us wrong this season.