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Premier League Player Power Rankings: Coleman, Sakho and Rooney Rise

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 24, 2013

Premier League Player Power Rankings: Coleman, Sakho and Rooney Rise

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

    We have one new arrival after another hectic weekend of action, while Arsenal's representatives drop as their poor form continued. Defenders are on the rise across the league.

    As always, we want to hear from you. If you don't agree with our rankings, use the comments below!

    All statistics are courtesy of WhoScored.com.

Honourable Mentions

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    Dropping Out

    Gareth Barry drops out this weekend to make room for another midfielder, but it was a tough decision and the Everton man could consider himself unfortunate to fall.

     

    Honourable Mentions

    Manchester United's defence has been an issue this season, but Phil Jones is really starting to put together an excellent run of form. Jordan Henderson, too, is looking fantastic of late.

    Yaya Toure had another dominant game, and Jussi Jaaskelainen remains excellent in goal.

10. Pablo Zabaleta, Manchester City

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    Last Week: 7

    Differential: -3

    Pablo Zabaleta failed to make the squad for Manchester City's trip to Fulham on Saturday, necessitating a drop in our rankings.

    The Argentine limped off during the Citizens' win over Leicester in midweek and failed to recover in time for the league match, and Manuel Pellegrini will be praying he gets him back for at least some of the Christmas schedule given that Micah Richards is also sidelined.

9. Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    Yohan Cabaye has been a regular around these parts, but he dropped out last week due to suspension.

    He returned to the first team and immediately made an impact, scoring one goal and grabbing the Man of the Match award for a dominant performance.

    He's the driving force behind a rather excellent Newcastle side this season, and his quality is now unquestioned.

8. Romelu Lukaku, Everton

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    Last Week: 6

    Differential: -2

    Romelu Lukaku moves down this week as he failed to score for the fourth game running.

    His game isn't always about goals and Everton are winning when he isn't hitting the net, but they've found it decidedly harder to put teams away when the Belgian isn't contributing directly.

    That Toffees fans can worry about this is a sign of the times.

7. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 5

    Differential: -2

    Olivier Giroud had a game to forget against Chelsea, compounding some pretty poor recent form.

    It's been a long time since he finished a one vs. one and appears to be snatching at his chances pretty badly. He's firing wide and high, not true, and his goal drought coincides with Arsenal's recent barren run.

    Better days ahead for the Frenchman.

6. Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 9

    Differential: +3

    After a rocky start, Liverpool fans were wondering just what kind of player Brendan Rodgers had splashed out on, but Mamadou Sakho is now undoubtedly the best centre-back at the club.

    He's a physical beast, good on the ball and a serious goal threat from set pieces. On Saturday, he was excellent, and with Cardiff City threatening only through counter-attacks, he mopped up the slack superbly.

5. Seamus Coleman, Everton

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    Last Week: 8

    Differential: +3

    Seamus Coleman, or Seamus "Goalman" as some are calling him, found the net for the fourth time this season at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

    With Leighton Baines out, he's really taken centre stage, and with Bryan Oviedo providing great cover on the left, the team really haven't been disadvantaged.

    He's a machine at both ends of the pitch, and it's great to see him finally getting the adulation he deserves.

4. Phil Jagielka, Everton

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    Last Week: 4

    Differential: None

    Phil Jagielka played a commanding game at a tough stadium on Sunday as Everton squeezed out a victory over Swansea City.

    It wasn't an easy assignment and Sylvain Distin marginally outshone him, but Roberto Martinez's solid defensive base remained intact on a ground where many come unstuck.

3. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 2

    Differential: -1

    Aaron Ramsey did his best to get things going for Arsenal on Monday night but came up short.

    He's not reached the dizzy heights set earlier in the season of late, and while he's been solid (if unspectacular), he's leaving those who are expecting just a little disappointed.

    The Welshman drops to a season-low third.

2. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

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    Last Week: 3

    Differential: +1

    Wayne Rooney is looking as consistently brilliant as ever, and his performance against West Ham United led Manchester United to a vital home victory.

    He bagged two assists and controlled the game throughout, amassing a whopping 104 touches of the ball and completing 69 passes.

    While Adnan Januzaj is improving and Danny Welbeck is finding form, Rooney has to be on his game every week for the Red Devils to succeed. He's responding to that pressure.

1. Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 1

    Differential: None (three consecutive weeks at the top)

    Luis Suarez's form is just ridiculous at the moment. Nineteen goals from 12 games is an incredible ratio, and the quality of the goals continues to rise.

    His volleyed effort against Cardiff City, to open the scoring, was truly brilliant, but his second—a curler from distance—was even better.

    He's taken the captain's armband and used it as extra motivation.

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