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Premier League Player Rankings: Suarez Stuns, Lukaku Soars, Rooney Falters

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 14, 2016

Premier League Player Rankings: Suarez Stuns, Lukaku Soars, Rooney Falters

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    Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player rankings, a special edition owing to the full midweek slate of action.

    We have two new additions this week as some of the established names fall off the list, while we also have two notable risers—no prizes for guessing who they are!

    All statistics are from WhoScored.

Dropping out / Honourable Mentions

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    Dropping Out

    Dejan Lovren has slipped from second, to sixth, to eighth, to out over the past few weeks. His performance against Aston Villa was not a strong one by any sense.

    Yohan Cabaye has also fallen from grace after Newcastle United were comfortably bested by Swansea City.

     

    Honourable Mentions

    The ever-consistent Pablo Zabaleta impressed once again for Manchester City, Steven Gerrard was seemingly inches from an assist-filled evening, and Gareth Barry was instrumental in shutting out Manchester United at Old Trafford.

    Mesut Ozil has hit form in the past two games and comes back into the reckoning, while Adam Lallana had a pretty good game at St. Mary's Stadium without directly contributing to a goal.

    Yet another clean sheet sees Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny re-enter the discussion.

10. Yaya Toure, Manchester City

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    Yaya Toure added another brilliant game to his record this season, scoring two goals to put his side 3-0 up at the Hawthorns.

    His first was a delicate finish from inside the box, opening his body superbly to guide Aleksandar Kolarov's cross into the net, while his second was a well-converted penalty.

    Seven goals and three assists for the season make for an excellent start.

9. Phil Jagielka, Everton

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    Phil Jagielka and his defensive line have now posted four clean sheets from their last five games—the one exception being the 3-3 derby draw with Liverpool—and they deserve a huge amount of credit.

    The popular opinion this summer was that Roberto Martinez's introduction as manager would lead to the floodgates opening, but the Toffees have conceded the second-fewest amount of goals in the league (13).

    Jagielka's league form, in a FIFA World Cup year, is very encouraging.

8. Alvaro Negredo, Manchester City

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    Last Week: 7

    Differential: -1

    Just when Alvaro Negredo begins to catch fire...Manuel Pellegrini benches him for Manchester City's midweek clash with West Bromwich Albion.

    It's what happens at clubs stacked with talent, but the Spaniard will at least rest assured that while Edin Dzeko was decent in his place, he didn't rock anybody's world.

     

7. Loic Remy, Newcastle United

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    Last Week: 6

    Differential: -1

    For the first time in over a month Loic Remy didn't register a goal or an assist.

    Chances were limited given Swansea City's dominance on the ball on their own turf, and after a four-game win streak was snapped this is a game Alan Pardew will be happy to forget in a hurry.

    Remy slips as a result of his ineffectiveness, but his track record keeps him alive in our top 10.

6. Romelu Lukaku, Everton

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    Last Week: 10

    Differential: +4

    Romelu Lukaku bagged himself another impressive game, but this time it was against the might of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

    He picked up an assist for Bryan Oviedo's winning goal—whether it was a scuffed shot or intentional cross is unclear—and tormented the defensive line all game long with great pace, power and movement.

    It won't be remembered as one of his finest games, but it's a strong example of how well-rounded he is as a player.

5. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

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    Last Week: 4 

    Differential: -1

    Before kick-off at Old Trafford an interesting statistic was floated on Twitter: Wayne Rooney had been directly involved in 59 percent of Manchester United's goals this season, with no other player in the Premier League more influential.

    It stands to reason, then, that when Rooney had a bad night in front of goal, Everton were victorious at Old Trafford for the first time in more than 20 long years.

    A late goal from Bryan Oviedo sealed the win, while Rooney was left to re-think several missed opportunities.

4. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 2 

    Differential: -2

    Olivier Giroud was rested for Wednesday's clash with Hull City.

    It's a just reward for the effort he's put in to start the season. Arsene Wenger will be worried about burning him out, as the Frenchman has played almost every single game the Gunners have had on a hectic early-season schedule.

    Nicklas Bendtner scored after just 93 seconds to remove the possibility of Giroud coming on, and with other players around him playing so well, he inevitably drops.

3. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

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    Last Week: 3

    Differential: None

    Sergio Aguero was a little shot-happy on Wednesday night against West Bromwich Albion, but he scored his customary goal and that's all that will matter to him.

    He was a menace throughout when playing off the impressive Edin Dzeko, and Boaz Myhill had no chance for Aguero's scintillating strike that pierced the roof of the net.

    That's now 11 league goals for the season for "Kun."

2. Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 5

    Differential: +3

    B/R's Matt Ladson has suggested fans are quickly running out of superlatives to describe Luis Suarez following his unbelievable display against Norwich City.

    He has a penchant for scoring against the Canaries—that's 11 goals against them in the last three years—and some of his strikes were utterly sensational on Wednesday night.

    With four on the night and an assist for Raheem Sterling's late goal, Suarez turned in the best individual performance so far this season of any player.

1. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 1 

    Differential: None

    Arsenal had a relatively easy night's work shape up for them in the form of Hull City, and Aaron Ramsey was never really required to hit second gear.

    The midfield on the whole was very good as usual, with the Welshman's 116 touches on the ball indicative of the dominance the home side enjoyed.

    Ramsey's incredible reverse pass for Mesut Ozil's goal was something David Silva would have been proud of.

     

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