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Premier League Player Power Rankings: John Terry, Wayne Rooney & More

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterAugust 28, 2013

Premier League Player Power Rankings: John Terry, Wayne Rooney & More

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    Another week of Premier League action, another host of individual displays of brilliance.

    The goalless draw between Manchester United and Chelsea was a dire game, but three players in particular stood out in the contest. We've got representatives from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and more in our top 10 this week.

    Read on to see how we've ranked them, and comment below if you feel someone's been overlooked!

10. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

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    Aaron Ramsey followed up his fantastic performance against Fenerbahce in midweek with another great display at Craven Cottage.

    He ran the midfield during the 3-1 win over Fulham, leading counterattacks, controlling the tempo and recycling the ball with ease.

    His biggest area of improvement is undoubtedly his ability to find the right pass when pressuring the opponent's penalty area, and it was a skill he needed to develop to move into the next tier. 

9. John O'Shea, Sunderland

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    Sunderland were a certainty to lose against Southampton on paper, but football always offers twists and turns in a 3 p.m. kickoff.

    The Saints went 1-0 down early and pressed all afternoon long for an equaliser. The Black Cats defended doggedly for 85 minutes but succumbed to the pressure eventually, yielding a late goal from a free kick to James Ward-Prowse.

    John O'Shea was at the centre of it all, largely besting Rickie Lambert in the air and putting his body on the line where it hurts. 

8. Gary Medel, Cardiff City

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    Cardiff City worked extremely hard to pull off their 3-2 victory over Manchester City, and while Fraizer Campbell takes the plaudits for his goals, the hard yards were equally important.

    At times, the Citizens' 70 percent possession looked as though it would overwhelm the Bluebirds, but two men in the midfield worked tenaciously to close pockets of space and pressure ballplayers.

    Their names were Aron Gunnarsson and Gary Medel, and while either could feature here, we've opted for the latter. 

7. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

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    Olivier Giroud played the lone striker's role superbly against Fulham, and to pull off what he did in such torrid conditions was nothing short of remarkable.

    It's a slog up top on your own, but in that rain, everything is much more difficult. His goal was opportunistically taken, and his touch to bring down the ball for Lukas Podolski's second was out of this world.

    That he's started strong is very encouraging, and Arsenal fans will hope this rich form continues. 

6. Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United

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    Nemanja Vidic put in another excellent performance in Manchester United's back line on Monday, with Chelsea rarely threatening David de Gea's goal as a result.

    Andre Schurrle played in an odd forward role that must have been difficult to gauge, but the Serbian colossus got his timing, anticipation and positioning absolutely spot on every time.

    He's still borderline unbeatable in the air, and considering his injuries in the past, he's got a surprising amount of pace over short distances. 

5. Andros Townsend, Tottenham Hotspur

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    Andros Townsend continued his rise to prominence against Swansea on Sunday, and his Man of the Match performance at White Hart Lane saw him earn a call-up to the England squad.

    He dazzled and danced into the box to win a penalty that proved to be the difference, with Roberto Soldado converting for the only goal of the game.

    He's quick, has great feet and remains thoroughly unpredictable. Aaron Lennon should be worried, as Townsend is in the same ilk, yet has a far better end product at a younger age.

4. Kolo Toure, Liverpool

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    How do you stop the Belgian beast that is Christian Benteke?

    Put Kolo Toure on the field. That will do the trick.

    The two men battled for the entire 90 minutes when Aston Villa hosted Liverpool on Saturday, and the defender came out on top after putting in a stunning defensive showing.

    It's the sort of performance that makes Manchester City fans question his release at the end of last season, but also the sort to make Reds fans extremely worried about Toure's groin injury sustained against Notts County. 

3. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

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    Wayne Rooney put in an exemplary display on Monday night, playing with 100 percent determination against a side he supposedly wants to join.

    He chased every ball, tracked midfield runners extremely well and did a lot of hard legwork behind Robin van Persie. His linkup and distribution was excellent, particularly when working with Michael Carrick, and could even be seen as far back as his goal line tackling and intercepting. 

2. John Terry, Chelsea

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    Coming into the season, it seemed John Terry was fourth choice at centre-back behind David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill.

    But with Luiz out and Ivanovic at right-back in place of Cesar Azpilicueta, Terry has seized his chance, putting in a Man of the Match performance at Old Trafford on Monday.

    Brave, fearless dominant: All the words we used to associate with the former England international were dug up once again by fans and pundits alike.  

1. Fraizer Campbell, Cardiff City

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    Cardiff City upset the 2012 Premier League winners Manchester City on Sunday, and Fraizer Campbell's name will go down in the history books alongside the result.

    He scored two of the Bluebirds' three goals, worked extremely hard in closing down and could have scored a hat-trick were it not for early misses.

    He was substituted late in the second half by Malky Mackay, and the crowd took the opportunity to give him a standing ovation for his immense efforts on the day.

     

     

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