Premier League Player Power Rankings: Gerrard's Big Impact, Adebayor Joins in
Welcome back to another update in our Premier League players power rankings where, after a full midweek programme, we've got another batch of movers and shakers for your viewing.
Unfortunately, two of the midweek games fell victim to the adverse weather conditions in England, with Everton-Crystal Palace and Manchester City-Sunderland both having to reschedule their matches, but everyone else was in action.
Here are the latest rankings with two new entrants.
John Terry continues to be absent from the Chelsea lineup through injury of late, so he drops out of our top 10 to allow for current performing players.
Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City also exits the rankings, though, after a superb season up until recently, his absence this week was enforced as his team did not play. No doubt he'll be back soon enough.
Wojciech Szczesny has been one of Arsenal's top performers all season and he saved a point for his team in the closing moments of their match against Manchester United on Wednesday.
Another two goalkeepers, Hugo Lloris of Tottenham and Adrian of West Ham have been in spectacular form of late with plenty of clean sheets—both picked up another during the week.
10. Kevin Nolan, West Ham United
Last week: NEW!
After a miserable winter which saw him sent off twice in quick succession and his team drop to near the foot of the table, Kevin Nolan has bounced back in impressive fashion.
The West Ham captain has been amongst the goal scorers of late to seal important points for the Hammers, and while he didn't find the net against Norwich on Tuesday, he was one of the driving forces behind their late victory.
Nolan was the only real goal threat for most of the game, running beyond the centre-forward. He was a real handful for Norwich's back line.
9. Per Mertesacker, Arsenal
Last week: 7
Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker put in a far more accomplished display against Manchester United than he did a few days prior at Liverpool, helping his team record a clean sheet.
He wasn't at his indomitable best by any stretch of the imagination, though, and several times—especially one notable moment late on—Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie got the better of the Arsenal defenders and could easily have won the game.
The Gunners need their boys at the back to pick up quickly over this coming run of games.
8. Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur
Last week: NEW!
Spurs' rejuvenation since sacking Andre Villas-Boas has been nothing short of amazing and spearheading their attack is Emmanuel Adebayor.
Two goals at St. James' Park during the week takes his season tally to eight in the league, all in the last 10 games, and he has been the main difference between them picking up wins and draws in plenty of games of late.
Adebayor deserves his place in the top 10 on current form—but how long can he keep it going for this time?
7. Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Last week: 5
With City's game being called off, Yaya Toure and Co. had no opportunity to put right the struggles in front of goal they had against Norwich City.
They'll hope Yaya can be one of their big performers when they return to action as they chase the league title.
6. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
Last week: 4
Giroud actually had a decent all-round game for the Gunners against Manchester United on Wednesday night and dominated Nemanja Vidic for the vast majority of the game.
Unfortunately, though, his finishing touch has deserted him, and the French striker missed a few presentable chances to add to his goal tally for the season.
The Gunners will hope he is quickly back to form with a number of big games coming up.
5. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
Last week: 8
Liverpool are one of the form teams in the league right now, and in Steven Gerrard they have a captain who has been rejuvenated and released to dictate his team's play from deep.
It was in attack where he had the biggest impact this week, though, setting up Liverpool's first goal with an outrageous pass with the outside of the boot—before netting a nerveless, 90th-minute penalty to win the game.
Liverpool beat Fulham 3-2 to move within four points of the top spot.
4. Gary Cahill, Chelsea
Last week: 3
Only a late goal against Cahill and Co. denied Chelsea another three points on Tuesday as they eventually drew 1-1 with West Brom.
Cahill himself has been in great form this season but looks slightly less assured without John Terry beside him.
Even so, he's got a great chance of being a title winner this term and will have had a big say in Chelsea's fortunes if they manage it.
3. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
Last week: 6
Daniel Sturridge just cannot stop scoring.
The Liverpool striker got his team back on level terms against Fulham with yet another fine finish—his 16th of the season in 18 league games, making him the first Red since John Aldridge to score in six successive league games.
With Sturridge still firing, the Reds have a great shout of achieving their seasonal objectives.
2. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Last week: 2
Luis Suarez continues to be a massive presence and talisman for Liverpool even though his scoring touch has ever so slightly deserted him of late.
Again he hit the woodwork against Fulham and generally caused havoc.
While he's still contributing so much to the attack and Sturridge is scoring, nobody at the club will be too worried about Suarez now only averaging 1.1 goals per game.
1. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
Last week: 1
Eden Hazard couldn't inspire his team to victory this time around as Chelsea recorded a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion during the week.
Even so, his sumptuous displays of late surely leave him as the current top recent performer, and he remains our No. 1 pick.
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