Premier League Player Power Rankings: Lloris, Vidic, Sturridge and More
For the last three weeks, we've summarised the top 10 performances of the Premier League weekend and honoured those who played out of their skins.
But as we move through the gears in the new season proper, players can start to put together some semblance of form and our power rankings can begin to take shape.
We've taken into account performances from every Premier League game so far and ranked the top 10 players. There's also a marker for which way the player is trending, and whether it's up or down depends on their last performance(s).
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10. Ross Barkley, Everton
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Ross Barkley's fantastic start to the season has earned him a call-up to the senior England fold, and while he likely won't feature in the qualifiers, it's a real marker for how far he's come in such a short space of time.
He was part of the disappointment that was the England U-20 FIFA World Cup campaign, but he's put it behind him and excelled in Everton's midfield so far.
Tenacious, hardworking, powerful and wise beyond his years, he's going to be a real weapon sooner rather than later.
9. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
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Aaron Ramsey has continued his blistering form from the final six weeks of the 2012-13 season, dominating midfields with his box-to-box nature and calm decision-making process.
It was only a matter of time before he started to blossom once again, and with his mind seemingly off his previous horrifying ankle injury, he's set to improve exponentially.
His performance against Fulham in particular was world-class.
8. Fabian Delph, Aston Villa
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While the national press speak highly of Christian Benteke despite his form dipping, Fabian Delph is putting together an excellent string of games in the shadows.
He's now the one player in Paul Lambert's squad that is truly irreplaceable, and his first three Premier League showings have been absolutely superb.
He dominated Arsenal's midfield on the opening day, caused Chelsea a lot of issues at Stamford Bridge and pinned Liverpool back into their own third at Villa Park.
Injuries have been a real issue for him in recent years, but now that he's playing on a weekly basis, he's really starting to blossom.
7. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
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Daniel Sturridge—or King Midas—has the golden touch when it comes to scoring at the moment.
His contributions in the all-round game are diminishing, but he keeps cropping up to score important, poacher-esque goals.
His finish against Stoke City was incredible, but his magical goal against Aston Villa opened a lot of eyes to the talent he boasts. He's running the channels well, making better decisions and looking supremely confident.
6. Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United
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Nemanja Vidic has put together a superb start to the season, shelving injury concerns that have plagued him for years and dominating opposing strikers.
He did an excellent job dealing with Andre Schurrle's odd movement at Old Trafford and held steady for long periods at the Liberty Stadium while beating Swansea 4-1.
His performance at Anfield was his least impressive of the three so far, but his form is excellent overall.
5. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur
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For all the money Daniel Levy has spent and all the focus on Andre Villas-Boas' new-look front four, it's last summer's contentious purchase that's excelling.
Hugo Lloris, once branded "unnecessary" given Brad Friedel's presence, has been in fine fettle early on. He has swept up attacks, made tackles with his feet and pulled off outstanding reflex saves on his line.
Lloris is pushing Petr Cech for the mantle of best goalkeeper in the Premier League.
4. Mile Jedinak, Crystal Palace
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With Yannick Bolasie injured and Wilfried Zaha gone, fans were understandably concerned about a lack of flair and creativity in Crystal Palace's midfield
Mile Jedinak, though, is impressing everyone with his incredibly industrious, committed performances, tackling efficiently, running the hard yards and halting opposing attacks.
His work in the engine room has given fans something else to pin their hopes on, and now reinforcements have arrived thanks to a deadline day splurge. The pressure will lift.
3. Nathan Redmond, Norwich City
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Nathan Redmond has shocked everyone, taking to the Premier League like a duck to water and allowing his confidence and exuberance to reign free.
He's positive, energetic, outrageously quick and unafraid to have a crack—a different type of player to ones Carrow Road are used to seeing.
One with a bit more of an "X-factor," if you will.
"We've all been around long enough to know that young players have highs and lows. Fortunately for him, he's a level-headed young man," Chris Hughton told Goal.com after Redmond's solo strike sunk Southampton.
Norwich fans are hoping these highs continue for a while yet.
2. Kolo Toure, Liverpool
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It speaks volumes for how quickly and efficiently Kolo Toure has settled into life at Liverpool that the fans were concerned they'd lose to Manchester United without him.
As it happened, they picked up a win, but don't let that cloud your judgement on the astounding impact he's made on this side.
He's the only centre-back in recent memory who has managed to nullify Christian Benteke, and his steely presence complements Daniel Agger's finesse extremely well.
1. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
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Olivier Giroud's early season form has been insane, leaving Arsenal fans a little more comfortable with the striking options at the club.
The Frenchman was always capable of this, but took a whole season to settle. With confidence under his belt, he's bullying defensive lines on his own.
He gave Tottenham Hotspur a hellish ride—a stark contrast to the shallow footprint the €30 million-rated Roberto Soldado left on the game—and scored his third goal in four Premier League games.