EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 6

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterSeptember 28, 2017

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Alvaro Morata of Chelsea celebrates scoring the third goal (his second) during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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A weekend in which Premier League strikers seemed to take over unsurprisingly resulted in a truckload of goals. Alvaro Morata, Sergio Aguero, Alexandre Lacazette and Harry Kane were the stars on show, plundering at will, and that has made the striker's section particularly interesting this week.

We have updated our lists to take into account the latest weekend of action. They are divided into seven different position groups and 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.


SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23:  David de Gea of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Ima
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David De Gea is still No. 1 having collected another clean sheet. That Manchester United went to St Mary's Stadium and left without conceding was hardly a shock.

Thibaut Courtois is a big riser, having ensured another clean sheet of his own. Like De Gea, he's not doing too much in games but is still pulling off one or two strong saves.

Jack Butland's concession of four sees him slip badly, while Lukasz Fabianski has hadand will havemuch better games than the one he had against Watford.

Biggest rise: Thibaut Courtois (+5)

Biggest fall: Lukasz Fabianski (-6)

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

Right-Backs/Right Wing-Backs

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23:  Kyle Walker of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Antonio Valencia again reigns supreme among the right-backs; there was no thunderbolt strike this week, but he contributed to De Gea's clean sheet.

Kyle Walker has been superb since returning from suspension, playing his part in goals and defensive solidity, while Kiko Femenia returned to Watford's XI and made them far more stable.

The bottom of this section remains weak performance-wise. Hector Bellerin and Danny Simpson haven't been that good, but they prop us up here.

Biggest rise: Multiple (+2)

Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)

Top 10 RBs/RWBs
1Antonio Valencia (Stay)Manchester United
2Kyle Walker (+2)Manchester City
3Kiko Femenia (Stay)Watford
4Cedric Soares (-2)Southampton
5Tommy Smith (+1)Huddersfield Town
6Matthew Lowton (+2)Burnley
7Victor Moses (+2)
8Joe Gomez (New!)Liverpool
9Hector Bellerin (New!)Arsenal
10Danny Simpson (New!)Leicester City

Left-Backs/Left Wing-Backs

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Andre Ayew of West Ham United tackles Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on September 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Cathe
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Chris Lowe was our biggest faller last week (-4), but he bounces back to become our biggest riser (+3) this time. This is the life of a defender in a newly promoted Premier League team.

One concern here is Daley Blind. He's generally been excellent when he's played, but Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho now appears to favour Ashley Young in that position in the league and playing Blind in Europe. He'll slip out soon if this continues.

Danilo switches back over to left-back following Benjamin Mendy's injury. He could get some serious game time there.

Biggest rise: Chris Lowe (+3)

Biggest fall: Daley Blind (-3)

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


Stoke City's German midfielder Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (L) vies with Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on

Cesar Azpilicueta's two assists and clean sheet see him soar up the rankings into third. It causes Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Kurt Zouma and John Stones to all move down one even though they did nothing wrong.

There are quite a few new faces this week as this section continues to churn through names, with Andreas Christensen reappearing, Wesley Hoedt and Laurent Koscielny entering, and Davinson Sanchez earning a spot too.

Biggest rise: Cesar Azpilicueta (+8)

Biggest fall: Ahmed Hegazi (-4)

Top 20 CBs
1Eric Bailly (Stay)Manchester United
2Christopher Schindler (Stay)Huddersfield Town
3Cesar Azpilicueta (+8)Chelsea
4Ben Mee (-1)Burnley
5James Tarkowski (-1)Burnley
6Kurt Zouma (-1)Stoke City
7John Stones (-1)Manchester City
8Phil Jones (+2)Manchester United
9Zanka (+3)Huddersfield Town
10Jamaal Lascelles (-3)Newcastle United 
11Jan Vertonghen (-3)Tottenham Hotspur
12Ciaran Clark (-3)Newcastle United
13Wesley Hoedt (New!)Southampton
14Toby Alderweireld (-1)Tottenham Hotspur
15Andreas Christensen (New!)Chelsea
16Maya Yoshida (-1)Southampton
17Davinson Sanchez (New!)Tottenham Hotspur
18Ahmed Hegazi (-4)West Bromwich Albion
19Laurent Koscielny (New!)Arsenal
20Lewis Dunk (Stay)Brighton & Hove Albion

Defensive Midfielders/Central Midfielders

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23:  Mario Lemina of Southampton and Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on September 23, 2017 in South
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Picking between David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne was so hard this week; in the end, we left it the same because Silva didn't deserve to move down.

N'Golo Kante and Mario Lemina both starred once again this weekend and move into healthy spots in the process, and the former's midfield partner, Tiemoue Bakayoko, joins the fray. It's difficult not to be impressed by his quick settling into this team.

A couple of names to watch out for: Steven Defour is playing well for Burnley, driving them onward in midfield, and Mikel Merino is wowing St. James' Park with some somewhat Xabi Alonso-esque midfield showings.

Biggest rise: N'Golo Kante +4

Biggest fall: Abdoulaye Doucoure (-2)

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

Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at The London Stadium, in east London on September 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian
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There's serious movement at the top in this section this week, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan loses his throne for the first time since Week 2.

Christian Eriksen is the man who usurps him, after he played like a man possessed against West Ham United at the weekend, scoring and creating at will.

Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane have been in monstrous form for Manchester City of late and rank highly here, with Sane only just entering the rankings due to the fact he hadn't played enough football before.

Andre Carrillo of Watford has been handy early on and is one to keep tabs on.

Biggest rise: Christian Eriksen (+2)

Biggest fall: Dele Alli (-4)

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


STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Alvaro Morata of Chelsea celebrates scoring the third goal (his second) during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Ri
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

This week we replace a hat-trick hero with a hat-trick hero; Alvaro Morata skips to the top of the pile following his scintillating performance against Stoke City, leapfrogging Sergio Aguero.

Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette and Harry Kane all move up after scoring one or two themselves, while Shinji Okazaki joins Leicester City team-mate Jamie Vardy in the top 10.

Biggest rise: Multiple (+3)

Biggest fall: Roberto Firmino (-4)

Top 10 Strikers
1Alvaro Morata (+3)Chelsea
2Sergio Aguero (-1)Manchester City
3Romelu Lukaku (+1)Manchester United
4Gabriel Jesus (-1)Manchester City
5Harry Kane (+2)Tottenham Hotspur
6Alexandre Lacazette (+3)Arsenal
7Jamie Vardy (-1)Leicester City
8Shinji Okazaki (New!) Leicester City
9Roberto Firmino (-4)Liverpool
10Javier Hernandez (New!)West Ham United



All statistics via WhoScored.com 


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