When it comes to taking on opposing fullbacks, getting into the box, and scoring goals, wide players are incredibly effective. They’re also vital in getting the ball into the box for strikers to feed on.
Goals and assists play a big influence in identifying who the best wingers in the league are. Apart from statistical tools, the teams that these players play for and against, as well as the sheer difficulty for certain wingers to get in among the goals, must all be considered.
Here is the list of the top five Premier League wingers in the 2021/22 season:
- Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Egypt national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing.
On 19 April 2022 Salah became the first Premier League Player to score 5 goals against Manchester United in a single season after scoring a brace in a 4-0 win at Anfield. In 29 April 2022, Salah was named England’s Men’s Footballer of the Year for the second time since 2018. He won the annual vote of the Football Writers’ Association, and is said to receive the award on May 5.
- Sadio Mané – Liverpool
Sadio Mané was born 10 April 1992. He is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the Senegal national team. Mané finished fourth for the 2019 Ballon D’Or, and in the award for the Best FIFA Men’s Player he ranked fifth in 2019 and fourth in 2020.
On 16 October, Mané scored his 100th Premier League goal becoming the third African to reach the landmark after Didier Drogba and Salah with Liverpool’s opening goal in the 5–0 win away to Watford. On 10 April 2022, his 30th birthday, Mané scored Liverpool’s equalising goal in a 2–2 away draw against Manchester City.
Mané then followed this with two goals against the same opposition on 16 April at Wembley Stadium in a FA Cup semi-final, in a 3–2 win to help Liverpool reach their first FA Cup Final since 2012.
- Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City
Riyad Karim Mahrez is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City and captains the Algeria national team. Mahrez began his career as a youth player for French club AAS Sarcelles.
On 28 November 2020, Mahrez scored his first hat-trick for City in a 5–0 home league win over Burnley. On 4 May 2021, Mahrez scored both goals in a 2–0 home win over Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals, and by scoring via a direct free kick in a 2–1 away win a week earlier, he led City through to the first European Cup final in the club’s history.
- Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
Raheem Shaquille Sterling MBE is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team.
Born in Jamaica to Jamaican parents, Sterling moved to London at the age of five. He began his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010.
Sterling scored his 100th Premier League goal, a penalty, scoring the only goal of the game in the 1–0 home win over Wolves on 11 December 2021. Sterling was later bestowed with the Premier League Player of the Month award for December 2021.
- Son Heung-min – Tottenham Hotspur
Son Heung-min is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the South Korea national team. Considered one of the greatest Asian footballers of all time, Son was the first Asian player to score more than 50 goals in the Premier League.
On 23 July 2021, Son extended his contract with Tottenham until 2025. On 15 August, he scored his first goal of the season in the opening match against Manchester City, which ended in a 1–0 win. On 4 November, he scored in new manager Antonio Conte’s first match in charge, a 3–2 victory over Vitesse in the group stage of the Europa Conference League.
In doing so, Son had the distinction of scoring the first goal under each of Tottenham’s last three permanent managers. On 26 February, Son scored a goal against Leeds United in a 4–0 win; the goal was assisted by Harry Kane meaning this was the 37th time Kane and Son had combined to score, which set a new record in goal-scoring partnerships in the Premier League.