Power Ranking the EPL Brazilians

Callum Fox@@cjfox21Contributor IIISeptember 25, 2013

Power Ranking the EPL Brazilians

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    Another weekend of Premier League action and more fine performances from the Premier League's cast of Brazilians—plus a horror show from one particular individual.

    Using the same principles as in previous weeks, the performers are ranked in the top five on the basis of their individual displays for their club.

    Regardless of previous form or ability, a bad showing will see a Brazilian slide down the rankings.

    So here are the top five Brazilians performers from the weekend's Premier League action.

5: Lucas Leiva

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    The top five begins with a woeful display from Lucas Leiva as Liverpool were stunned by Southampton in a 1-0 defeat at Anfield.

    The clash was decided by a midfield battle that pitted Lucas and his captain Steven Gerrard against a Saints trio of Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama.

    Lucas delivered a defensive display so inept that Wanyama had the freedom of the pitch at Anfield, overrunning the Reds midfield seemingly at will.

    The Brazilian was unable to stop the powerful Kenyan's barnstorming runs through the middle of the pitch and Southampton took advantage of the space left behind.

    The former Gremio star is fast becoming one of the casualties of the current Premier League season, with many questions asked over his ability to cut it in a Liverpool side challenging for the top four.

4: Ramires

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    Ramires delivered an average performance for Chelsea as they ground out a 2-0 win over London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

    With Jose Mourinho favouring a Ramires-John Obi Mikel axis in midfield, the Brazilian has enjoyed an extended run in his preferred position.

    Ramires was called just once into action, completing a solitary tackle all game and registering an 80 percent pass completion according to statisticians Squawka.

    The game proved to be a scrappy affair and Ramires was part of a Blues side that was bogged down by a stern Fulham resistance.

    Chelsea eventually broke through in the second half and secured the win, but this was a game to forget for Ramires.


3: Fernandinho

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    Fernandinho put in a shift for Manchester City in their superb 4-1 win over local rivals Manchester United.

    Goals from Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri gave City the win, and Fernandinho was once again deployed alongside Toure in a double pivot.

    The Brazilian was very much in the back seat throughout the game as the City attack ripped apart a poor United defence.

    But Fernandinho didn't need to be on top of his game as he maintained possession and intervened when needed, as shown by his 83 percent pass completion rate and his six interceptions according to Squawka.

    The former Shakhtar Donetsk star has had a slow start to life in the Premier League, but his performance was enough to help City overcome their arch rivals.

2: Oscar

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    Oscar played a vital role in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Fulham after the Cottagers' resistance was broken in the second half.

    The Brazilian swept home in the 52nd minute to send the Blues on their way to three points but it wasn't all plain sailing.

    Fulham prevented Mourinho's side from playing their usual game and frustrations were clear in the first half as they toiled without much reward.

    In the midst of this, Oscar was struggling with a low pass completion rate of 73 percent and finding his man with just two of fourteen attempted crosses, according to Squawka.

    But Oscar provided the moment that broke the deadlock with a crucial strike, and that alone puts him ahead of others in the top five.

1: Paulinho

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    One of the Premier League's newest arrivals, Tottenham's Paulinho has taken to life in England with aplomb, snatching all three points with a late winner against Cardiff city.

    Tottenham had struggled against the Bluebirds in a game that was seemingly destined to end goalless, but Paulinho intervened in the dying seconds with a superb instinctive effort.

    Argentinean winger Erik Lamela squared the ball along the six-yard box and Paulinho deftly back-heeled the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net.

    A sensational finish and one that served to highlight Paulinho's smooth adaptation to the Premier League.

    His goal wasn't the only moment of note, as Paulinho was a constant goal threat with six efforts, four of them in the box, according to Squawka.

    Single-handedly winning the match for Spurs, Paulinho deserves his place at the top in this week's rankings.