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Premier League Player Power Rankings: Suarez, Aguero and Lovren Soar

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterOctober 30, 2013

Premier League Player Power Rankings: Suarez, Aguero and Lovren Soar

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    Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player power rankings!

    Dejan Lovren and Luis Suarez are on hot streaks, there's a new No. 1 and there's also one new entry to view this week. Competition was tighter than ever, so don't be disheartened if your favourite player didn't make the grade.

    Did we miss anyone? Add your comments in below!

Honourable Mentions

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    Yaya Toure, Manchester City

    Yaya Toure drops out of our power rankings pretty sharply due to the combination of a poor showing at Stamford Bridge and others around him playing out of their skins.

     

    Phil Jagielka, Everton

    Roberto Martinez's side aren't conceding a lot of goals, and Jagielka is a major factor in that. He handled (an unfit) Christian Benteke better than any other centre-back in months.

     

    Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur

    The clean sheet machine rolls on, but he just misses out here.

     

    Andros Townsend, Tottenham Hotspur

    One more Andros, and you're in.

10. Fabian Delph, Aston Villa

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    Last Week: 10

    Differential: None

    Fabian Delph retains his spot in our top 10 after another solid performance for Aston Villa. 

    No matter what his side manage on the scoreboard he always plays well, and with confidence coursing through his veins, he takes on player after player with vast success.

    He's yet to find his groove as a true playmaker, but he represents the clear-best option Paul Lambert has in his midfield and is currently seen as undroppable.

9. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    Sergio Aguero is the man keeping Manchester City alive right now, with five goals in his last three games allowing Manuel Pellegrini some breathing room as he figures out his best formula.

    He's introduced the headed goal to his repertoire rather successfully, but the screamer he scored against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was classic Kun.

    He's still the No. 1 striker on the roster despite Alvaro Negredo's emergence.

8. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 6

    Differential: -2

    Mesut Ozil had a bit of an odd 90 minutes at Selhurst Park.

    Some will suggest he had very little impact on the game, and statistically, that's true—he skied one effort well over the bar and failed to create much at all.

    But a closer look tells you that he was inches from serving up six or seven phenomenal assists in the box and only botched runs or bunching up prevented the German from adding to his prized tally.

7. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

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    Last Week: 8

    Differential: +1

    Reliable Wayne Rooney will step up for Manchester United whenever he's needed the most.

    They did not play well against Stoke City and struggled for long periods, but the Red Devils overcame an extremely beatable opponent thanks in part to Rooney's commitment and brilliance.

    Throughout David Moyes' troubled start at Old Trafford, the Englishman has come to the rescue time and time again—remarkable when you consider he requested a transfer this summer.

6. Ross Barkley, Everton

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    Last Week: 4

    Differential: -2

    Ross Barkley was substituted after 60 minutes at Villa Park on Saturday due to a relatively ineffectual showing.

    One of his three shots took a deflection and looped onto the top of the crossbar, but his passing was a little sloppier than usual, and he lost confidence throughout the game.

    His replacement, Leon Osman, scored the second, killer goal. A minor blip for Barkley, we hope.

5. Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 9

    Differential: +4

    It didn't take long for Luis Suarez to get match fit, and the version we're seeing now is a far cry from the clumsy Suarez we saw at Old Trafford upon returning to the side.

    His hat trick against West Bromwich Albion was the perfect example of how, on his day, there's no one in world football who can stop him, and you simply have to pray you don't catch him when he's hot. 

    Suarez is soaring in our rankings.

4. Dejan Lovren, Southampton

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    Last Week: 5

    Differential: +1

    Another Matchday, another clean sheet for the Southampton defence. Dejan Lovren must be wondering what all the fuss was about.

    Mauricio Pochettino's Saints made Fulham look like a League Two side. The gulf in class and confidence was nothing short of horrific, and the fact that the Cottagers failed to get a shot off in the first half represents a new record on the Premier League.

    Lovren is the glue that holds a young, inexperienced back line together.

3. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 3

    Differential: None

    Daniel Sturridge put together another strong game against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

    His Uruguayan partner stole all the limelight with a scintillating hat-trick, but "Studger" hardly misplaced a pass, tracked runs superbly and scored something of a stunner himself.

    His consistency is a major plus point for England and Liverpool fans everywhere.

2. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 1

    Differential: -1

    Aaron Ramsey drops from his perch for the first time in four weeks after a so-so display against Crystal Palace.

    It's partly not his fault—he was forced back into a deeper role after Mathieu Flamini's injury—but he did manage to burst forward and provide a beautiful clipped cross into the path of Olivier Giroud for the killer goal.

    He drops down solely because he failed to hit the elite standard he's set, and there's one particular player who just looks downright ridiculous right now...

1. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 2

    Differential: +1

    Olivier Giroud is in truly magnificent form, and after blitzing Crystal Palace with an all-action display, he moves to the top of our power rankings for the second time.

    He played the complete forward's game: holding it up, finishing lethally, making great runs, closing down after Mikel Arteta's sending off and more. He was exhausted at the final whistle, and it's easy to see why.

    Arsenal's second goal was his first for a month, but his overall form has been so fantastic it's hardly been a worry at all.

     

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