Premier League Player Power Rankings: Aguero & Rooney Rise, Suarez Falls
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player power rankings!
Competition for a place in our list this week reached optimal level, as no less than 15 players all appear to be in outstanding form. We have a new No. 1, while Sergio Aguero continues to rise and the Liverpool boys falter.
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Yaya Toure, Manchester City
The City midfielder scored a sublime free kick against Norwich City to add to his impressive tally.
Phil Jagielka, Everton
Jagielka, the leader of the Toffees' back line, contributed heavily toward shutting Tottenham out in impressive fashion last weekend to record yet another clean sheet.
Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur
Despite taking a Romelu Lukaku knee to the face—which caused the Belgian to be subbed off—Lloris continued to play and made a stunning save in the closing minutes.
David Silva, Manchester City
Silva is back to his silky best after working his way back into a full-time starting role.
Andros Townsend, Tottenham Hotspur
He was bottled up and rendered useless against Everton, but his form over the past month warrants a mention.
10. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
Last Week: 8
Mesut Ozil has dipped a little in form over the past two weeks, but that's understandable given the outright hyperbole and excitement following his arrival.
He did well to pick out Aaron Ramsey for his goal against Liverpool, but otherwise failed to impact the game in any major way.
Brighter times, and games, are ahead for the German.
9. Gareth Barry, Everton
Last Week: N/R
Gareth Barry's career looked done and dusted, and on the decline. Manchester City had nothing more to offer him, so the England international wisely opted to play out the final year of his contract on loan at Everton.
Roberto Martinez has him hungry, once again, to play football and make an impact. He's put in top-notch showings against Hull City, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks, even grabbing a goal against the Tigers.
Does a re-call await from Roy Hodgson?
8. Ross Barkley, Everton
Last Week: 6
For the first time this season, Ross Barkley was benched, with Roberto Martinez picking Leon Osman for the starting XI against Tottenham Hotspur instead.
The 19-year-old entered the fray in the second half, though, and in effect changed the game with his presence.
Spurs were winning the physical battle in the centre with ease, but the muscular Barkley put that notion to the test with some purposeful running and tackling.
7. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Last Week: 5
Luis Suarez had a poor day at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
He was expected to show the home crowd what they missed out on this summer after two very public bids for his services were made, but proceeded to stunt almost every meaningful attack for the away side.
Time and time again, he gifted possession away cheaply and failed when taking players on.
6. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
Last Week: 9
Sergio Aguero is fast moving up our form boards given his incredible domestic showings.
He scored one and assisted two against Norwich City, netted a golazo against Chelsea and bagged two brilliant strikes against West Ham in the last three weeks.
If we took into account UEFA Champions League form, he'd be even higher on our rankings.
Keep it up, Kun.
5. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Last Week: 7
Another week, another quality performance put in by Wayne Rooney.
Fulham are struggling, and on the day they looked nothing short of shocking, but Manchester United were able to win the game inside 22 minutes by scoring three quick-fire goals.
Rooney created one (superbly) for Antonio Valencia, then slotted home himself from a Robin van Persie square-ball.
4. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
Last Week: 3
Daniel Sturridge was rendered anonymous by Arsenal for much of the game at the Emirates, having very little impact and looking isolated for long stretches.
The midfield failed to link up with the forward line, and while Sturridge played his role in splitting wide and creating room for a central surge, his teammates let him down.
He drops as a result, but not too far—he was only following Brendan Rodgers' game plan, after all.
3. Dejan Lovren, Southampton
Last Week: 4
Southampton conceded a goal for just the second time in eight games, and you can't really blame anyone but the winds in Stoke-on-Trent.
Asmir Begovic's 12th-second clearance bounced high over the heads of the defence, caught the wind and looped over Artur Boruc's head.
Obscurities aside, the Saints defended strongly as usual, dominated possession and eventually equalised.
Dejan Lovren led his line well and came very close to scoring a second.
2. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
Last Week: 1
Olivier Giroud will want a few of his chances against Liverpool back—particularly the one-on-one he missed against Simon Mignolet.
Despite all the improvements to his game, holding his composure in a one-on-one situation is not something he's been able to do with any regularity at Arsenal so far. If he can add that to his game, he will have it all.
Giroud was our No. 1 player last week, but he's been dethroned by a certain someone yet again.
1. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Last Week: 2
After one week off the top spot due to colleague Olivier Giroud's form, Aaron Ramsey takes his mantle back in style after excelling against Liverpool.
His goal against the Reds was perhaps his best ever, letting the ball sit up before generating all the power himself in a dipping long shot that Simon Mignolet could only claw at in vein.
Some are suggesting Ramsey is the most in-form player in Europe right now, and it's getting tough to disagree.