EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 5

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterSeptember 20, 2017

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring  his third and the team's fifth goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on September 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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After five gameweeks, the Premier League table shows the Manchester clubs neck and neck at the summit—level on points, goal difference and even goals scored. That fierce battle for supremacy also filters into our EPL 100, as the two clubs boast many of the top-performing players in each position.

We have updated our lists to take into account the latest weekend of action. They are divided into seven different position groups and are based solely on performances in the Premier League in 2017-18.

To be eligible, a player must have taken part in at least half the games his team has played.


Goalkeepers

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on September 17, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Live
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David De Gea retains the No. 1 spot and this week put significant distance between himself and the rest of the pack.

He has four clean sheets from five games, but even in the relatively easy wins, he's still required to pull off a few impressive stops. Twice he denied Everton with the score at 1-0, ensuring the game did not swing against the Red Devils.

Lukasz Fabianski's form looks like it's going to be crucial to Swansea City's relegation battle this year. He played well against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and collected his third clean sheet of the campaign.

He will need to keep doing that and hope his team-mates can figure out how to find the back of the opposition net at the same time.

Biggest rise: Lukasz Fabianski (+4)

Biggest fall: Jordan Pickford (-3)

Top 10 Goalkeepers
RankPlayerClub
1David De Gea (Stay)Manchester United
2Jonas Lossl (Stay)Huddersfield Town
3Jack Butland (Stay)Stoke City
4Lukasz Fabianski (+4)Swansea City
5Rob Elliot (Stay)Newcastle United
6Ben Foster (Stay)West Bromwich Albion
7Jordan Pickford (-3)Everton
8Thibaut Courtois (+1)Chelsea
9Kasper Schmeichel (-2)Leicester City
10Ederson Moraes (New!)Manchester City

 Right-Backs/Right-Wing-Backs

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Kyle Walker of Manchester City and Richarlison de Andrade of Watford battle for possession during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road on September 16, 2017 in Watford, England.  (P
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The emphatic combination of a rocket strike and a clean sheet ensures Antonio Valencia keeps his throne this week. 

Just below him, Cedric Soares and Kyle Walker continue to impress, steadily creeping upward, while the fact Kiko Femenia was injured and missed Watford's 6-0 defeat to Manchester City keeps his stock intact.

Quality right-back performances have been in short supply across the league. You're reaching for names after the top seven here.

Biggest rise: Kyle Walker (+2)

Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)

Top 10 RBs/RWBs
RankPlayerClub
1Antonio Valencia (Stay)Manchester United
2Cedric Soares (+1)Southampton
3Kiko Femenia (-1)Watford
4Kyle Walker (+2)Manchester City
5Danilo (Stay)Manchester City
6Tommy Smith (+1)Huddersfield Town
7Allan Nyom (-1)West Bromwich Albion
8Matthew Lowton (+1)Burnley
9Victor Moses (-1)Chelsea
10Adam Smith (New!)Bournemouth

Left-Backs/Left Wing-Backs

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Sead Kolasinac has now played more minutes at left wing-back than he has at centre-back, so he's able to switch categories. He comes in at No. 1 having put in another strong showing at the weekend, leapfrogging the subdued Marcos Alonso and the rested Ben Davies.

Chris Lowe's brilliant start to the campaign has begun to falter, and his giving away of a penalty in rash circumstances against Leicester City sees him fall to eighth. 

On the whole, the performance levels in this position have been far stronger than at right-back.

Biggest rise: Sead Kolasinac (+5)

Biggest fall: Chris Lowe (-4)

Top 10 LBs/LWBs
RankPlayerClub
1Sead Kolasinac (+5)Arsenal 
2Ben Davies (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
3Marcos Alonso (Stay)Chelsea
4Benjamin Mendy (+1)Manchester City
5Daley Blind (-2)Manchester United
6Ryan Bertrand (Stay)Southampton
7Stephen Ward (+1)Burnley
8Chris Lowe (-4)Huddersfield Town
9Chancel Mbemba (Stay)Newcastle United
10Chris Brunt (New!)West Bromwich Albion

Centre-Backs

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16:   Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores the winning goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle up
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The biggest risers this week can be found here, where certain individuals are starting to heat up.

John Stones put in a stunning performance at Watford on Saturday, killing the home side with accurate passing and wrapping up their attacking runners well. Jamaal Lascelles was similarly impactful, netting his second goal of the season to give Newcastle United another valuable three-point haul.

Burnley duo Ben Mee and James Tarkowski continue to play out of their skins. How much longer will they keep this up?

Biggest rise: John Stones (+12), Jamaal Lascelles (+9)

Biggest fall: Zanka (-5)

Top 20 CBs
RankPlayerClub
1Eric Bailly (+1)Manchester United
2Christopher Schindler (-1)Huddersfield Town
3Ben Mee (Stay)Burnley
4James Tarkowski (+3)Burnley
5Kurt Zouma (+2)Stoke City
6John Stones (+12)Manchester City
7Jamaal Lascelles (+9)Newcastle United 
8Jan Vertonghen (+1)Tottenham Hotspur
9Ciaran Clark (+2)Newcastle United
10Phil Jones (Stay)Manchester United
11Cesar Azpilicueta (-3)Chelsea
12Zanka (-5)
Huddersfield Town
13Toby Alderweireld (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
14Ahmed Hegazi (+6)West Bromwich Albion
15Maya Yoshida (New!)Southampton
16Federico Fernandez (New!)Swansea City
17Shkodran Mustafi (New!)Arsenal
18Harry Maguire (-1)Leicester City
19Alfie Mawson (New!)Swansea City
20Lewis Dunk (New!)Brighton

Defensive Midfielders/Central Midfielders

Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at th
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There's change at the top in this section, with Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva rising to the top two spots after more scintillating showings against Watford.

Nemanja Matic's own excellent performance against Everton allows him to stay in third, while the injured Paul Pogba drops just below him. Fernandinho's complex role stabilising this brilliant City attack is rewarded with the fifth spot.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Nathaniel Chalobah take big hits to their stock for their part in the 6-0 drubbing they received.

Biggest rise: Kevin De Bruyne (+6), Fernandinho (+6)

Biggest fall: Abdoulaye Doucoure (-6)

Top 20 DMs/CMs
RankPlayerClub
1David Silva (+3)Manchester City
2Kevin De Bruyne (+6)Manchester City
3Nemanja Matic (Stay)Manchester United
4Paul Pogba (-3)Manchester United
5Fernandinho (+6)Manchester City
6Aaron Mooy (-1)Huddersfield Town
7N'Golo Kante (-1)Chelsea
8Abdoulaye Doucoure (-6)Watford
9Mario Lemina (+6)Southampton
10Steven Defour (-1)Burnley
11Jack Cork (-1)Burnley
12Nathaniel Chalobah (-3)Watford
13Mikel Merino (+1)Newcastle United
14Mousa Dembele (-2)Tottenham Hotspur
15Gareth Barry (+2)West Bromwich Albion
16Sam Clucas (New!)Swansea City
17Philip Billing (-5)Huddersfield Town
18Oriol Romeu (+2)Southampton
19Darren Fletcher (-3)
Stoke City
20Idrissa Gueye (-2)Everton

Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Danny Welbeck of Arsenal attempts to get away from Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Get
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Only two players retained their previous position from last week in this section: fifth-placed Sadio Mane, who is serving a suspension, and leader Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who netted a neat strike against Everton—his first of the campaign.

Danny Welbeck's been on a nice run of form and continued that into Arsenal's bout with Chelsea, but he left the pitch with an injury, which is a huge shame for him. At least he'll have the international break to recover.

Raheem Sterling continues to sneak his way up the rankings and deserves his high position, having now scored in three successive Premier League matches.

Biggest rise: Danny Welbeck (+4)

Biggest fall: Richarlison (-6)

Top 20 AMs/Wingers
RankPlayerClub
1Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Stay)Manchester United
2Mohamed Salah (+1)Liverpool
3Christian Eriksen (-1)Tottenham Hotspur
4Raheem Sterling (+3)Manchester City
5Sadio Mane (Stay)Liverpool
6Marcus Rashford (-2)Manchester United
7Juan Mata (+2)Manchester United
8Anthony Martial (+2)Manchester United
9Danny Welbeck (+4)Arsenal
10Michail Antonio (+2)West Ham United
11Dele Alli (-3)Tottenham Hotspur
12Richarlison (-6)Watford
13Elias Kachunga (+3)Huddersfield Town
14Robbie Brady (New!)Burnley
15Tom Cleverley (-4)Watford
16Ruben Loftus-Cheek (+2)Crystal Palace
17Riyad Mahrez (-3)Leicester City
18Pascal Gross (New!)Brighton & Hove Albion
19Nathan Redmond (-4)Southampton
20Tom Ince (New!)Brighton & Hove Albion

Strikers

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero signals a good pass to a teammate during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on September 16, 2017. / AFP PH
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Unsurprisingly, Sergio Aguero shoots to the top of this section, having netted a hat-trick (and added an assist) against Watford, displacing his colleague Gabriel Jesus, who also impressed in that game.

Alvaro Morata, Roberto Firmino, Harry Kane and Alexandre Lacazette all drop two spots, though all flashed a few positives in their performances. In the case of Firmino, it is again necessary to question why Jurgen Klopp pushes him out wide to fit Daniel Sturridge into the XI. He doesn't generally play that well from the flank, just rotate them!

We were so short for strikers to make up the 10 that Wayne Rooney comes in to prop them up. He's been fine, but he did miss a brilliant chance at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Biggest rise: Sergio Aguero (+5)

Biggest fall: Multiple (-2)

Top 10 Strikers
RankPlayerClub
1Sergio Aguero (+5)Manchester City
2Gabriel Jesus (-1)Manchester City
3Romelu Lukaku (+1)Manchester United
4Alvaro Morata (-2)Chelsea
5Roberto Firmino (-2)Liverpool
6Jamie Vardy (+2)Leicester City
7Harry Kane (-2)Tottenham Hotspur
8Chris Wood (+1)Burnley
9Alexandre Lacazette (-2)Arsenal
10Wayne Rooney (New!)Everton

                 

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