Premier League Player Power Rankings
Welcome to the first edition of B/R's weekly player power rankings, where we rank the top 10 in-form Premier League players.
It's been a frantic start to the action, and with 11 games to survey, the following 10 players have received the honour of gracing our first run-out.
With so many impressive first performances and no semblance of "form" to go on just yet, there are plenty who could have made the cut.
Read on to see who's made the grade!
Given the first week for the rankings is largely based on one performance, there are plenty of standout candidates. Here, we honour those who came mighty close to making the grade.
10. Oscar, Chelsea
Oscar has started both of Chelsea's league games under Jose Mourinho so far and got the regime off to a perfect start against Hull City.
Kevin De Bruyne slipped a wonderful ball into his path and he finished with aplomb, then helped the Blues dominate possession as they eased to a win.
Against Aston Villa he was decent, but most of his good work—interlinking, dropping into space—was ruined by Demba Ba's misunderstanding of the offside rule.
9. Edin Dzeko, Manchester City
Edin Dzeko played his part in a superb team performance by Manchester City on Monday, smashing Newcastle United 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
There wasn't a bad showing from a blue shirt, and Dzeko in particular caught the eye. He's a more well-rounded player than many give him credit for, and he demonstrated that by crossing from the left wing for David Silva's opening goal.
His work rate and commitment have been fantastic, and he looks much happier with a proper winger in the side.
8. Ross Barkley, Everton
Ross Barkley was a surprise start for Everton away to Norwich City, but he managed to put an international summer of disappointment behind him and put in a Man of the Match showing.
Powerful, quick, fearless and hardworking, the English youngster showed immense commitment to the cause and technical talent beyond his years.
He opened the scoring for the Toffees with a wonderful long-range effort and then went on to dominate the midfield with ease. What a prospect.
7. Ciaran Clark, Aston Villa
Ciaran Clark put in a sublime performance on Saturday at the Emirates—the best of any centre-back across the Premier League.
He subbed in for Nathan Baker after 19 minutes and adjusted to the pace of the game immediately, locking down the left side and helping Antonio Luna deal with Theo Walcott.
His positioning was superb, his tracking of Olivier Giroud admirable and his passing exemplary given the direct nature of the game plan.
Against Chelsea, he was subbed off and required stitches.
6. Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho served up five passes on a silver platter for his teammates on Saturday, and only profligacy and a superhuman Asmir Begovic in goal prevented that from becoming five assists.
The Brazilian sees passes regular people do not, and he has the technique and ability to execute them from any angle. Iago Aspas should have scored two, while Jordan Henderson will feel he was unlucky not to get a brace.
Coutinho offers a serious threat from any area of the pitch.
5. Danny Welbeck, Manchester United
Danny Welbeck doubled his goal tally last season in a single game, scoring two goals in Manchester United's win over Swansea City.
His first was an easy tap-in after great work from Antonio Valencia, but his second was a sublime chip, on the run, at an angle, which left Michel Vorm utterly helpless.
His performance in the Community Shield was also promising, and perhaps David Moyes will get the best out of him this year.
4. Gabby Agbonlahor, Aston Villa
Aston Villa fans are struggling to remember a performance from Gabby Agbonlahor as good as the one he put in at the Emirates on Saturday.
The work rate on show was incredible, tracking back to help his midfield and full-backs while retaining the stamina to stretch the opposition the other way.
He went on a mesmerizing run to win the first penalty, then outfoxed Laurent Koscielny for the second. His wicked pace and acceleration was a threat all afternoon, and Carl Jenkinson looked helpless at times.
At Stamford Bridge he came oh-so-close to curling an 18-yard effort into the goal.
3. Robin van Persie, Manchester United
Robin van Persie was the difference in a tight, even game at the Liberty Stadium, proving once again you can't pay enough for a clinical striker.
He controlled a high ball, nipped it away from Chico Flores and fired in an overhead kick to open the scoring. He later made it three with a curling, sumptuous strike from distance.
He looks fit, confident and immensely agile—bad signs for every other defence in the league.
2. Fabian Delph, Aston Villa
Fabian Delph has had a cracking start to the season, and it seems he's finally showing the potential that convinced Martin O'Neill to sign him from Leeds United in 2008.
He played the disruptor role at the Emirates Stadium, pressing high and passing intelligently, then strode forward and smashed a grass-cutter against the post in the second half.
At Stamford Bridge he was even better, bossing the game in midfield and running through players with ease.
1. Asmir Begovic, Stoke City
Rounding off our power rankings is Asmir Begovic, who put in a one-man display of every positive adjective under the sun at Anfield on Saturday.
He continually denied Liverpool's forward three, tipping efforts wide, high or onto the post, with Iago Aspas missing three opportunities as Begovic came off his line early and often.
Stoke City won't be relegated if the Bosnia and Herzegovina international keeps this form up, but they might have trouble holding on to him for much longer as a result.
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