The 20 best players in the Europa League this season.
The Champions League may be where it’s at, but make no mistake, there are some supremely talented players in the Europa League too. This week saw the return of the competition alongside it’s bigger brother, and as such, we are bringing you a rundown of the twenty best superstars on display in the competition this year.
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20. Virgil Van Dijk – Celtic
The Dutch defender has been one of the few consistencies at Celtic this season, but his good form may earn him a move away from Glasgow after Arsenal were rumoured to be interested over the summer.
19. Giovani Dos Santos – Villarreal
The former Barca youth product has done well to rebuild his career since an unhappy spell at white Heart Lane, and he will be instrumental in unlocking opposition defences over the course of the tournament.
18. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur
The France international is undoubtedly the finest goalkeeper in the competition this year, and his presence will make an interesting looking Tottenham side even more difficult to get past.
17. Thorgan Hazard – Borussia Monchengladbach (on loan from Chelsea)
The young Belgian impressed whilst on loan with Zulte Waregem last term, but has now sought to take the step up to the Bundesliga in a bid to prove his worth. The Europa League will serve as another platform for him to showcase his considerable talent.
16. Demba Ba – Besiktas
The Senegalese hit man will be looking to rebuild his career following a stop-start time with Chelsea. Should he rediscover his goalscoring touch he would be a potential frontrunner for the golden boot.