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Ranking the best right-wingers in the Premier League right now

Who are the best right-wingers in the Premier League right now? Right-wingers are thriving in the Premier League this season with some of the finest in Europe currently at home in English football.

The role has evolved in the modern game with wingers required to be far more than just chance creators. An increase in inverted widemen and inside forwards has changed demands, with goals, assists, and work rate all part of the make-up of the elite.

Here, we’ve attempted to rank the best right-wingers in the Premier League from a pool of players who all offer varied skillsets.

Ranking the best right-wingers in the Premier League right now:

6. Leon Bailey – Aston Villa

Aston Villa fans have seen the best of Leon Bailey this season with the winger bouncing back from a patchy first two seasons with the club to shine. The talent had long been evident, but Bailey is now producing consistent performances and end product in Claret and Blue.

Villa’s capture of the Jamaica international from Bayer Leverkusen had been considered a coup, though there were question marks after a modest return of five league goals over the last two campaigns, and only flashes of his clear quality.

This season, Bailey has found his groove under Unai Emery. The 26-year-old has 11 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, with 15 of those goal involvements coming in the Premier League. That latter return has been recorded at an average of a goal or assist every 84 minutes, a ratio only Mohamed Salah and Erling Haaland can better across the division. In terms of non-penalty goals and assists per 90, Bailey is out in front as the Premier League’s most effective performer.

Bailey’s brilliance from the right-wing has helped propel Villa’s push for Champions League qualification. Alongside the in-form Ollie Watkins, he has formed one of the most exciting forward lines in the league.

5. Pedro Neto – Wolves

Pedro Neto is set to be in high demand in the summer with an electric season from the Wolves winger having turned the heads of the Premier League’s top sides.

The Portugal international has been scintillating as part of a Wolves team who have thrived on the counter-attack under Gary O’Neil, bouncing back from the fitness issues that have plagued recent campaigns with a productive season.

Neto has nine assists in the Premier League this season, a figure only Ollie Watkins and Pascal Gross can better. That return is even more impressive given the 23-year-old missed a portion of the season through injury and has started just 16 league games.

There’s an explosivity to Neto’s game that has hallmarks of wingers in the more traditional mould, with the wideman willing to utilise his searing pace to reach the byline and pick out teammates. Neto’s injury record is perhaps the only concern for teams preparing big bids in the summer.

4. Cole Palmer – Chelsea

The shining light of an otherwise forgettable season for Chelsea, Cole Palmer has found a home in west London.

Signed from Manchester City in the summer with a desire for regular minutes, he has exceeded all expectations since swapping the Etihad for Stamford Bridge. The 21-year-old has scored 10 goals and laid on six assists in the Premier League, form which earned him a senior England debut in November.

More than that output, however, Palmer’s cool and confidence has stood out in a Chelsea team that has lacked direction. So often at the heart of Chelsea’s best football this season, he has played himself into contention for England at this summer’s European Championship in his first real season at this level.

3. Bukayo Saka – Arsenal

Bukayo Saka is getting better and better in the Arsenal team, emerging as the go-to man for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Saka has evolved from a raw academy prospect who was introduced into the team at full-back, to one of the most effective wide players in European football. This season, he has 16 goals and 13 assists in all competitions and has transferred his Premier League form onto the Champions League stage, during a maiden campaign among Europe’s elite.

In Europe, he has seven goal involvements in six games, adapting effortlessly to the demands of club football’s most demanding competition. A quintessential modern winger, his pace, sharp-shooting and quality deliveries from wide areas make Saka one of the most dangerous direct opponents in the division.

2. Phil Foden – Manchester City

Phil Foden’s form has seen Manchester City’s championship challenge gain momentum, with the England international in sparkling mood in recent months.

Foden’s winner at Bournemouth last weekend saw the 23-year-old equal his best-ever goalscoring campaign for the Citizens (16) with three months of the season still to play.

Foden is a fabulous footballer to watch with immaculate close control and interpretation of space, ghosting between lines and delivering ruthless end product. Comfortable in any role, his placement on this list is a testament to his quality, given a preference for a more central position in the side.

“Forget about the goals. Of course they’re important, but do you know how he played? How he controls and accelerates. He has become already a top-class football player,” Pep Guardiola said after the recent win at Bournemouth.

“He was before a little boy, good actions. Now he has become already a world-class top player. So good. He can play everywhere, especially in the central positions, which is really, really good.”

1. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool

The benchmark for wide players in the Premier League, Mohamed Salah has sent records tumbling during his time at Liverpool.

Salah has scored 205 goals in all competitions for Liverpool and boasts a goal record comparable to any centre-forward, of any generation, in the Premier League era.

Before his arrival, Cristiano Ronaldo had been the only player to win a Premier League Golden Boot from a wide role, a feat Salah has since achieved three times. Only Thierry Henry (4) has ever won the award on more occasions.

The 31-year-old is the highest-scoring and highest-assisting African in Premier League history, while he has reached 15+ league goals in all seven seasons at Anfield. It is the sort of consistency and quality that puts Salah among the division’s all-time greats.

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