Premier League Player Power Rankings: Ross Barkley Rises, Olivier Giroud Falls
Welcome to the latest edition of our player power rankings for the Premier League, tracking the top 10 stars who are in red-hot form.
Mile Jedinak has dropped from our top 10 after three weeks falling, while Nemanja Vidic has also dropped after failing to make the bench for Manchester United this weekend.
There are several on the cusp of the team who are not mentioned. If we could honour each and every one of them, we would!
3 Who Were Oh-so-Close!
Our three honourable mentions this week are all defenders, plying their trade for Everton, Southampton and Aston Villa respectively.
Coleman was influential in the Toffees' 3-2 victory over Newcastle United on Monday, tearing Davide Santon apart in his quest to assist Romelu Lukaku for goals.
Shaw has put together another excellent run of form, as has most of the stingy Saints defence, and represents one of the finest young left-back prospects in world football at present.
Villa stole a victory over Manchester City thanks in part to wonderful work by Bacuna. The Dutchman followed up marking Nathan Redmond out of the game the previous week with a goal and an assist at Villa Park.
10. Dejan Lovren, Southampton
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Dejan Lovren's star is rising as he quietly puts together a magnificent opening rally of games in the Saints' much-improved back four.
He scored the winner and put in a colossal performance against Liverpool last weekend, was instrumental in the clean sheet against Crystal Palace and before that recorded solid showings against West Ham, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland.
He's commanding and vocal. Perhaps best of all, he's made Jose Fonte twice the player he was last season.
9. Yaya Toure, Manchester City
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Yaya Toure, the holding midfielder, is Manchester City's top goalscorer in the Premier League so far.
City's forward line has been a little inconsistent, particularly away from home, but Yaya is putting in consistently excellent performances no matter the result.
He was the best player on the pitch at Villa Park on Saturday, and slotted home the opener.
8. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
Last Week: 8
Mesut Ozil did not grab an assist in Arsenal's victory over Swansea City last weekend, sparking worldwide confusion due to the fact many believed that was impossible.
His performance was solid, though, and he holds his ground in our rankings. Gooners are still infatuated with their new world-class player, and there's no doubt he's inspired their wonderful current form.
How does Florentino Perez feel, we wonder?
7. Leighton Baines, Everton
Last Week: 7
Baines received a heavy dose of positive press after his two-goal performance at the Boleyn Ground last weekend, but couldn't find the back of the net on Monday night against Newcastle United.
He contributed heavily to the overall attacking philosophy as usual, though, and was a key factor in pinning down right-back Mathieu Debuchy for long periods.
With Seamus Coleman emerging, Everton have one of the finest full-back duos in the league.
6. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur
Last Week: 4
Hugo Lloris' impressive record of goals (or lack of) conceded took a hit on Saturday as John Terry headed home from a superb Juan Mata free-kick.
He remains the in-form goalkeeper in the Premier League, though. Aside from a few questionable decisions involving potential handling outside the box, he's been a delight to watch.
You'll see plenty of goalkeeping coaches showing their prospects tape of Lloris' sweeping ability.
5. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Last Week: 6
In another abject team performance, Wayne Rooney was one of the best players in a Manchester United shirt on Saturday.
The Red Devils' home loss to West Bromwich Albion was tough to take for fans, but they can find a small amount of solace in the fact that their want-away forward is playing some of the best football of his life.
He shows commitment and desire every player should aspire to replicate.
4. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
Last Week: 5
The Daniel Sturridge we know and love has returned after a short hiatus from form, collecting one goal and two assists at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
His linkup with Luis Suarez was a joy to behold, and if Brendan Rodgers can adapt his new 3-4-1-2 formation a little better, Sturridge is set to profit even more.
He's the top scorer in the league with five goals.
3. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
Last Week: 2
Olivier Giroud went a second straight Premier League game without scoring, but remains a key cog in the Arsenal attack whether he's finding the back of the net or not.
His showing at the Liberty Stadium was typically slick and his touch is quickly becoming exquisite, and although he drops a place in our rankings, that's down to those below him performing superbly more than anything else.
The Frenchman bagged a trademark goal midweek and will look to get back on the Premier League goal trail this weekend in the Midlands.
2. Ross Barkley, Everton
Last Week: 3
Roberto Martinez keeps picking Ross Barkley, and the youngster keeps rewarding him with all-action performances that help win games.
He's taken a key role as a No. 10 in Everton's formation and never disappoints, combining technical finesse and an eye for goal with brute strength and solidity.
If you're looking for an outside bet to make Roy Hodgson's 2014 World Cup squad, this is it.
1. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Last Week: 1
Aaron Ramsey is an easy pick at the top of our form rankings this week as he continues to dominate the Premier League.
He put in another influential showing against Swansea City, aiding his team's cause with a second, killer goal at the Liberty Stadium. The Welshman has now scored 31 percent of his side's league goals this season—from central midfield.
Who'd bet against him turning in a majestic display at the Hawthorns?