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The algorithm from CIES Football Observatory focuses on different areas of "technical play" - shooting, take on, recovery, rigour, distribution, chance creation.
This unique methodology does not take players' positions into account and has thrown up plenty of surprises when it comes to the English top flight.
Jorginho, who has played 799 minutes of league football this calendar year, leads the way with an index value of 89.5.
Top performing outfield players per team for last trimester @premierleague matches as per @CIES_Football Performance Index? #Jorginho :flag_it: greatest score ahead of @rubendias :flag_pt: & @Ndidi25 :flag_ng: :clap: Data for all big-5 league teams :arrow_right: https://t.co/xRtJ2ec20y pic.twitter.com/gLHLpltrSZ- CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) March 29, 2021
Manchester City's imperious defender Ruben Dias (89.4), Wilfred Ndidi (85.3), Luke Shaw (83.4) and Harry Kane (83.1) feature in the top five, while Thiago Alcantara and Granit Xhaka's inclusions are particularly interesting given many feel they have been disappointing this term.
Leeds United winger Raphinha (79.3) completes the top ten after a slew of impressive performances in his debut season.
In terms of the top five leagues, it's a usual suspect who tops the charts. Lionel Messi has been irresistible in 2021 for Barcelona and has been given a staggering 92.5 out of 100 for his displays.
Robert Lewandowski is second overall on 89.5 after banging in the goals again, with Cristiano Ronaldo in fifth with a score of 89.3.
Here is the list of top 20 in full:
1. Jorginho - Chelsea - 89.5
2. Ruben Dias - Manchester City - 89.4
3. Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City - 85.3
4. Luke Shaw - Manchester United - 83.4
5. Harry Kane - Spurs - 83.1
6. Thiago Alcantara - Liverpool - 81.7
7. Granit Xhaka - Arsenal - 80.9
8. Pascal Gross - Brighton - 80.8
9. Ruben Neves - Wolves - 80.7
10. Raphinha - Leeds - 79.3
11. Ademola Lookman - Fulham - 77.9
12. Michael Keane - Everton - 76.0
13. Declan Rice - West Ham - 75.9
14. Stuart Armstrong - 75.6
15. Eberechi Eze - Crystal Palace - 73.4
16. Miguel Almiron - Newcastle United - 70.3
17. David McGoldrick - Sheffield United - 70.3
18. Dwight McNeil - Burnley - 70.0
19. Ollie Watkins - Aston Villa - 69.4
20. Matheus Pereira - West Brom - 69.3
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