Premier League Player Power Rankings: Jedinak Drops, Rooney Rises

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterSeptember 25, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United retrieves the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on September 17, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player power rankings, tracking the in-form studs so you don't have to.

With another victory Arsenal's contingent of key performers remains in place, while Norwich City and Aston Villa's stars drop for the time being.

We have a new No. 1 and four new entries, so what are you waiting for? Get stuck in!

10. Mile Jedinak, Crystal Palace

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31:  Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on August 31, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Movement: Down Three

Mile Jedinak struggled on Sunday against Swansea City, as the entire Crystal Palace team put in a rather disjointed, uninspiring performance.

It puts a slight dampener on his excellent start to the season and sees him drop a little in our rankings, but he at least maintains a place.

He failed to contain Swansea's free-flowing movement and struggled when faced with the presence of Michu. He finished at the game at centre-back to cap off his worst showing of the season so far.

9. Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United

Movement: Down Two

Nemanja Vidic is one of perhaps two players who can hold their heads high after a dismal defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

He worked hard, remained passionate and even braved the press after a humiliating experience (that last bit doesn't factor in our form rankings!).

Conceding four sees him drop, but hangs onto a deserved spot in the top 10 for yet another week.

8. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

Movement: New Entry!

So far, so good for the £42 million man from Gelsenkirchen.

Mesut Ozil has lit up the Arsenal fanbase since swapping Madrid for North London on transfer deadline day, giving them a world-class figure to rally around, and the team are reaping the benefits.

The German recorded three assists in the Gunners' 3-1 victory over Stoke City at the weekend and assisted Olivier Giroud for his opener against Sunderland the week before.

7. Leighton Baines, Everton

Movement: New Entry!

Marseille will wish their star man—Nicolas N'koulou in this case—could simply "forget" heavy summer transfer speculation and resume demonic form like Leighton Baines has.

The England international has proven himself a very capable defender in a run of three consecutive clean sheets under Roberto Martinez, and against West Ham showcased his wand of a left foot.

He expertly placed two free kicks into each corner of the net, leaving Jussi Jaaskelainen no hope in hell of saving either.

6. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Movement: New Entry!

It's arguable Wayne Rooney is carrying Manchester United right now, and it's refreshing to see someone play so well after a nightmare summer of speculation.

He's put it all behind him and focused on the pitch, even returning early from a horrific training incident to aid David Moyes' cause.

He's locking Shinji Kagawa out of the team, it seems, with his relentless work ethic, linkup ability and ruthless finishing skills.

5. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool moves away from Jay Rodriguez of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on September 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Cl
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Movement: Down Three

Daniel Sturridge played badly on Saturday afternoon, but it's difficult to attribute the loss to him when there were so many flaws in a poor Liverpool side.

He justifiably falls, but not too far, and it will be interesting to gauge his role now Luis Suarez is set to return to the side—who plays as a central striker, who drifts wide or drops in?

The England international has lead the line brilliantly thus far despite a slight blip against Southampton.

4. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur

Movement: Up One

Hugo Lloris: clean sheet machine.

The sole strike he's conceded is Olivier Giroud's winner in the North London derby, and since then the Frenchman has kept three shutouts to help his side grind out victories.

The importance of a stingy defence and excellent goalkeeper cannot be underestimated in a race for the top four, and Lloris is one of the top three goalkeepers in the league.

3. Ross Barkley, Everton

Movement: Up One

A crazy game at the Boleyn Ground saw Everton claim a late 3-2 victory over West Ham United on Saturday, with Ross Barkley again given a show of faith from Roberto Martinez.

The England youngster worked hard in preseason and at the U-20 World Cup to ensure he was on his new manager's radar, and Barkley appears to be a direct beneficiary of Martinez's insistence on blooding young charges.

Barkley's earned his starts now, and he's one of the first names on the team sheet despite being just 19 years of age.

2. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

Movement: Down One

For the first time in more than 30 days, Giroud disappointed the expectant faithful with a thoroughly average performance.

Perhaps it's simply borne from the immense standards he's set, perhaps we were simply hyperbolic in the first place, but the truth is he was slated to score at least one vs. Stoke by most fans.

He showed some nice touches nonetheless, and Swansea City away is the arena he will stake his claim to move back atop our form rankings.

1. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Aaron Ramsey (C) of Arsenal celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Movement: Up One

He wasn't the best midfielder on the pitch against Stoke City, nor across the entire weekend, but Aaron Ramsey turned in another 8/10 performance, which earns him top billing in our form guide.

He drilled home the opening strike after Mesut Ozil's free kick had been parried out by Asmir Begovic and went on to control the game for long periods with his combative style and accurate passing.

The rise of Ramsey has allowed the Gunners to turn their opening-day nightmare into a thing of the past, as Arsene Wenger's side sit top of the English Premier League.


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