The 2015/16 English Premier League season was one of the most remarkable and unexpected in the league’s history. Under the management of Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City, a club with relatively modest resources, secured their first-ever EPL title in a stunning Cinderella story. Led by top scorer Jamie Vardy, midfield maestro Riyad Mahrez, and midfield engine N’Golo Kanté, Leicester defied the odds to win the league, leaving traditional giants like Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal trailing behind. This season is widely regarded as one of the most remarkable and fairy-tale-like campaigns in the history of English football.
Lets see what the Topps 2015/16 can bring us!
10 – Matt Ritchie Rookie Sticker – #21
Known for his versatility, technical ability, and work rate, Ritchie has been a consistent performer throughout his career.
Ritchie’s playing style can be described as direct, tenacious, and creative. One of Ritchie’s notable attributes is his crossing ability. He possesses accurate delivery from wide areas, which makes him a valuable asset in providing quality service into the box for his teammates. His crossing is complemented by his vision and awareness, as he often spots teammates in scoring positions and looks to pick them out with pinpoint accuracy.
Another key aspect of Ritchie’s game is his work rate and defensive contribution. He is a diligent and hard-working player who is willing to track back and help out his team defensively. His willingness to press opponents and win back possession makes him an asset both in attack and defense.
Throughout his career, Ritchie has shown consistency in his performances and versatility, as he can operate effectively on either wing or even in a more central role. He is known for his strong work ethic and commitment to the team’s cause.
Here is the Scottish international’s rookie sticker, and a nice one to get us started.
9 – Glenn Murray Rookie Sticker – #26
Glen Murray is known for his physical presence, aerial ability, and predatory instincts in front of goal. He can be described as a classic target man excelling at holding up the ball and bringing his teammates into play with his excellent hold-up play. Murray’s heading ability is a key aspect of his game, as he times his jumps well and can direct the ball with precision towards the goal.
In addition to his aerial prowess, Murray possesses good positional awareness inside the penalty area. He has a knack for finding spaces and getting into scoring positions, making intelligent runs to exploit the gaps in the defense. His ability to anticipate crosses and be in the right place at the right time has resulted in many goals throughout his career.
Murray’s playing style is not solely limited to his goalscoring abilities. He is also a hardworking player who tracks back and contributes defensively. His commitment to the team’s cause and his willingness to put in the hard yards make him a valuable asset on both ends of the pitch.
Murray played his best football for Brighton, joining the following season. He managed 26 top flight goals for a weak Brighton outfit.
In my opinion, Murray was an underrated striker with deadly heading ability. I personally don’t have this rookie sticker yet, but I would love to add it to the collection.
8 – Patrick Bamford Rookie Sticker – #117
Bamford’s playing style is characterised by his intelligent movement, technical ability, and decent finishing. He has a good understanding of positioning and often makes well-timed runs to exploit spaces in the opposition’s defence. He is adept at finding pockets of space and making himself available as a target for his teammates’ passes.
One of Bamford’s strengths is his ability to link up play with his teammates. He has good ball control and passing ability, which allows him to hold up the ball and bring others into play. He is comfortable receiving the ball with his back to goal and can lay off accurate passes to teammates in better scoring positions.
It’s worth noting that Bamford’s career has seen periods of inconsistency, and he has faced criticism for occasionally lacking the clinical edge expected of a top striker. In addition, his progress has been hampered by constant injuries. Without a doubt, his best football came at Leeds United, playing under Marco Bielsa. He helped Leeds get promoted and bagged 17 goals in their Premier League return.
Still at Leeds, Bamford has been a good servant, and with Leeds fans being ultra passionate about their players, this is a good choice of rookie sticker.
7 – Joe Gomez Rookie Sticker – #176
Primarily a center-back, he is also capable of playing as a right-back when needed.
Gomez’s playing style can be described as composed, intelligent, and physically imposing. He is calm under pressure and rarely gets flustered, allowing him to make rational choices in critical situations. Physically, Gomez possesses excellent athleticism and strength. He has the speed to keep up with quick attackers and the power to win aerial duels. One of Gomez’s notable strengths is his ability to read the game effectively. He has good anticipation and positioning, which allows him to intercept passes and make timely tackles. His reading of the game enables him to anticipate the movements of opposing attackers and make well-timed challenges to break up the play.
Gomez’s passing ability is also commendable. He has good distribution skills and is comfortable playing accurate short passes to build the play from the back. During the 2015/16 season, Gomez made his breakthrough while playing for Liverpool in the English Premier League. The young defender managed 6 appearances for The Reds.
He has had his injury problems but now is a fixture in Liverpools defence. Hopefully he can stay injury free and further his impressive career thus far.
6 – Héctor Bellerín Rookie Sticker – #33
Hector is known for his exceptional speed, technical skills, and attacking prowess. Bellerin’s playing style is characterised by his marauding runs down the right flank, his ability to contribute in both defence and attack, and his overall versatility on the pitch.
Bellerin’s greatest asset was his blistering pace, which allows him to surge forward with incredible speed and beat opposition defenders in one-on-one situations. His acceleration and agility make him a constant threat on the overlap, as he can quickly burst past opponents and deliver crosses into the box. His speed also enables him to track back and recover defensively, making him an effective player in both phases of the game.
He was one of the world’s fastest players until he went down with a big knee injury. Post recovery, he never had the same speed and his level dropped. Some point to his decision to become a vegan, but I think this is unlikely
During the 2015/16 season, Bellerin had a breakout campaign with Arsenal in the Premier League. He established himself as a regular starter and quickly became one of the most exciting right-backs in English football. His performances were marked by his consistent attacking contributions, as he provided overlapping runs and accurate crosses. Arsenal finished second behind Leicester’s history title.
Despite not being able to replicate his pre-injury form, he is still a decent player; playing for Real Betis. I think this is one of those rookie stickers for Arsenal fans, as they can remember how good young Hector was.
5 – Dele Alli Rookie Sticker – #427
Alli’s playing style can be described as energetic, skillful, and technically proficient. He possesses excellent dribbling ability, close ball control, and quick feet, allowing him to navigate through tight spaces and beat opponents in one-on-one situations. He is known for his audacious flicks, tricks, and feints, often using them to deceive defenders and create scoring opportunities.
One of Alli’s notable traits is his exceptional timing of runs into the box. He has a keen eye for goal and frequently makes late, well-timed runs into the penalty area to provide an additional goal-scoring threat. Alli’s movement off the ball is intelligent and difficult for defenders to track, making him a dangerous attacking option. He formed an incredible relationship with Christian Eriksen, with the later suppling many assists from deep.
In terms of goal-scoring ability, Alli is highly effective. He has a powerful shot and is comfortable shooting with both feet. He is capable of scoring from various positions on the pitch, whether it be from long range, inside the box, or through headers.
Alli’s passing range and vision are also noteworthy. He can deliver incisive through balls and precise long passes to create scoring opportunities for his teammates. During the 2015/16 season, Alli rose to prominence in the Premier League. He made a significant impact, scoring important goals and providing creative contributions. Alli’s performances earned him recognition as the PFA Young Player of the Year for the season.
Touted as England’s next big thing, Alli hasn’t lived up to the potential he showed. Some off-field issues have hampered his progress with his form taking a dramatic dip. Now at Everton, maybe he can turn it around and become a EPL star once again. A great rookie sticker to have, even if it is to remember his younger days.
4 – Adama Traore Rookie Sticker – #69
Adama Traore is known for his explosive speed, strength, and dribbling ability. He primarily plays as a winger and is recognised for his unique playing style and physical attributes.
Traore sprints past defenders with ease. His acceleration and top speed make him a constant threat on the counter-attack, as he can quickly transition from defence to attack and leave opponents trailing behind. His speed also enables him to beat opponents in one-on-one situations and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
In addition to his pace, Traore possesses exceptional strength and physicality. He has a robust build that helps him shield the ball effectively and hold off challenges from opposing players. One of Traore’s standout attributes is his dribbling ability. He has excellent close control and ball manipulation skills, allowing him to navigate through tight spaces and evade challenges. He is adept at using feints, body movements, and quick changes of direction to leave defenders bewildered.
Traore is an excitement machine but his end product is often lacking. The 2015/16 season, was Traore’s first in the English Premier League. He didn’t get much opportunity to impress and wasn’t quite ready for the top flight. Traore’s best football came at Wolves under Nuno Espírito Santo. Wolves played with compact counter attacking tactics, getting the most out of Adama’s speed. He is still playing at Wolves and is mainly used as a super-sub because of his ridiculous speed.
I have ranked Adama this high because he is an iconic player. Mainly down to the fact he is so fast and so strong. I think this is just a cool rookie sticker to get.
3 – Steven Berghuis Rookie Sticker – #454
Steven Berghuis is is known for his technical skills, versatility, and ability to create and score goals. Berghuis’s has excellent ball control, dribbling ability, and agility. He has a quick and nimble playing style, allowing him to change direction swiftly and navigate through tight spaces. His close control and skillful footwork enable him to dribble past opponents with ease and create opportunities for himself and his teammates.
One of Berghuis’s notable strengths is his ability to deliver accurate and dangerous crosses. He has a precise and powerful crossing technique, which makes him a significant threat from wide positions. His deliveries into the box often find their targets, creating scoring chances for his teammates.
During the 2015/16 season, Berghuis had his only season in the Premier League. He undewhelmed for Watford but has gone onto be ver successful in the Eredivisie. He displayed his technical skills, creativity, and goal-scoring ability throughout his career. Notably, his goal scoring record for Feyenoord was incredible for a winger, scoring 87 goals in 199 appearances. He has since moved to Ajax, where he currently plays. His performances over the years have earned him 45 Netherlands caps, with more to come.
Being from the Dutch Eredivisie, Berghuis doesn’t have many products. I think this rookie sticker is a very nice one; not many people would know this is his rookie!
2 – Callum Wilson Rookie Sticker – #24
Wilson’s playing style is centered around his speed and agility, which allows him to outpace defenders and make sharp runs behind the defensive line. His acceleration and quickness enable him to create separation from markers and get into goal-scoring positions. threat in behind.
In addition to his speed, Wilson possesses good strength and physicality, which helps him hold off defenders and win aerial duels. He can use his body well to shield the ball and create space for himself or his teammates. One of Wilson’s standout attributes is his clinical finishing ability. He has a natural instinct for goal and is composed in front of the net. He is adept at finding the right positions to receive crosses or through balls and is capable of finishing with precision and power. Wilson’s coolness under pressure allows him to make accurate and well-placed shots, making him a reliable goal scorer.
During the 2015/16 season, Callum Wilson signed with Bournemouth for his first Premier League season. He showcased his goal-scoring prowess and overall attacking contribution. Despite suffering an injury that kept him out for a significant portion of the season, Wilson made a significant impact when he was on the field, scoring 5 goals in 13 appearances.
Wilson’s has gone on to be a mainstay in the Premier League, constistently scoring goals. Unfortantley, he has often been injured which has hindered his progress. This hasn’t stopped him from scoring over 100 Premier League goals. He Signed for Newcastle in the 2020/21 season and is still a regular fixture there.
Wilson is one of the underrated strikers of the Premier league. He scores goals wherever he goes and for that reason, his rookie sticker ranks at number 2!
1 – Jack Grealish Rookie Sticker – #66
Jack Grealish is the best rookie sticker in the Topps English Premier League 2015-2016 set.
Jack Grealish is known for his technical skills, dribbling ability, creativity, and vision on the field. He is recognised for his close ball control, agility, and ability to navigate through tight spaces. Grealish possesses excellent balance, which allows him to maintain control even when under pressure from opponents.
Grealish is an exceptional dribbler who excels at taking on defenders in one-on-one situations. He uses feints, changes of pace, and quick turns to evade opponents and create space for himself or his teammates. His low center of gravity and quick footwork enable him to maintain control of the ball while maneuvering through congested areas of the pitch. Grealish is also known for his ability to draw fouls due to his close ball control and quick changes of direction. This skill allows his team to earn free kicks in dangerous areas, providing additional scoring opportunities.
In addition to his dribbling skills, Grealish possesses excellent vision and passing ability. He has the awareness to identify and execute incisive passes to unlock defences and create scoring opportunities for his teammates. Grealish’s ability to pick out teammates with accurate through balls and his creativity in tight situations make him a dangerous playmaker.
After 10 years at Villa, Jack earned himself a big money move to Manchester City where he has played a key role in winning the EPL title and the UEFA Champions League title. He is currently a key player in City’s 2023/24 team playing predominantly off the left wing.
Jack is a super player and deserving of the number 1 place!
To explain myself, I also think its ridiculous that the Leicester players didn’t make the top 10. I made the decision to omit them in order to fit in rookie stickers – as you would notice the whole list comprises of rookie stickers. If I always picked the best players the list wouldn’t be so interesting so I try to give rookies the priority as it’s the only chance lesser players can make the list.
All that being said, those Leicester stickers are epic and ones I will be after. So I don’t know if I made the right call.
Anyway, thanks for reading!