EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 8

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterOctober 18, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Leroy Sane of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Etihad Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

The Premier League's return from the latest international break brought the excitement and drama we all crave.

Centre-backs suffered as attackers reigned supreme, and shock resultssuch as Crystal Palace's victory over Chelsea, and Watford's win over Arsenal—jostled for headline space with Manchester City's seven-goal demolition of Stoke City.

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


Goalkeepers

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) shakes hands with Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on Octobe
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The gap between first (David De Gea) and the rest is now a chasm. The Spaniard's brilliant performance at Anfield in the 0-0 draw, inclusive of one unbelievable save from Joel Matip, widens the distance between himself and the chasing pack.

Jonas Lossl's latest error sees him tumble again, while Hugo Lloris' brilliance against AFC Bournemouth is rewarded with a spot in the top 10.

Biggest rise: Lukasz Fabianski (+1)

Biggest fall: Jonas Lossl (-5)

Top 10 Goalkeepers
RankPlayerClub
1David De Gea (Stay)Manchester United
2Nick Pope (Stay)Burnley
3Ederson Moraes (Stay)Manchester City
4Thibaut Courtois (Stay)Chelsea
5Hugo Lloris (New!)Tottenham
6Rob Elliot (Stay)
Newcastle United
7Jordan Pickford (Stay)Everton
8Asmir Begovic (New!)AFC Bournemouth
9Lukasz Fabianski (+1)Swansea City
10Jonas Lossl (-5)Huddersfield Town

Right-Backs/Right Wing-Backs

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United and Joe Gomez of Liverpool battle for possession during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 14, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by
Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Last round's top four right-backs all performed well this week, so no changes there, but Joe Gomez's man-of-the-match performance against Manchester United sees him move up into fifth.

Kieran Trippier continues his steady climb following another...well, steady performance on Saturday. Tommy Smith was the best of a bad bunch as Huddersfield Town lost again, but that's not saying a lot, and he's clinging on down there.

Biggest rise: Multiple (+3)

Biggest fall: Multiple (-2)

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

Left-Backs/Left Wing-Backs

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: A dejected looking Marcos Alonso of Chelsea covers his face during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Ima
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Apologies, but the left-back section's a bit boring this week.

Ben Davies was ill, Sead Kolasinac didn't look fit and Stephen Ward put in a below-par showing. None are overtaken, though, as Marcos Alonso's Chelsea lost to Palace and Ryan Bertrand of Southampton looked average against Newcastle.

That Javi Manquillo comes in at sixth speaks to the troubles we're having in finding quality for this position at the moment.

Biggest rise: None

Biggest fall: Danilo (-2)

Top 10 LBs/LWBs
RankPlayerClub
1Ben Davies (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
2Sead Kolasinac (Stay)Arsenal
3Stephen Ward (Stay)Burnley
4Marcos Alonso (Stay)Chelsea
5Ryan Bertrand (Stay)Southampton
6Javi Manquillo (New!)Newcastle United
7Kieran Gibbs (Stay)West Bromwich Albion
8Danilo (-2)Manchester City
9Charlie Daniels (-1)AFC Bournemouth
10Christian Fuchs (New!)Leicester City

Centre-Backs

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Nick Pope of Burnley and James Tarkowski of Burnley celebrate victory together after the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/G
Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Eric Bailly's absence from Manchester United's matchday squad on Saturday means two things: First, Phil Jones took centre stage, shone again and moves up three; and second, James Tarkowski's latest good performance lifts him to the top of the rankings, replacing the Ivorian.

Ben Mee made a rare mistake and moves down as a result, while John Stones' superb form continues and he moves into second. Tottenham's collective all move up after securing a clean sheet, while Nicolas Otamendi's surprising error-free run is rewarded, too.

Biggest rise: Multiple (+3)

Biggest fall: Zanka (-9)

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

Defensive Midfielders/Central Midfielders

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Etihad Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, Kevin De Bruyne retains his No. 1 ranking after blowing Stoke City to smithereens. He has been the best player in the Premier League through eight gameweeks, and no one else is close.

Paul Pogba will drop out of the rankings next week if he doesn't return to the Manchester United XI, and as he's gradually fallen, Mario Lemina of Southampton has taken advantage. He's now up to third.

Philippe Coutinho has now played enough games to feature in the rankings, and he enters in the central-midfield section, as he's played the majority of his Premier League minutes there.

Biggest rise: Multiple (+3)

Biggest fall: Aaron Mooy (-3)

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

Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23:  Raheem Sterling (L) of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his team mate Leroy Sane (R) during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on Septembe
Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Christian Eriksen was the difference in Tottenham's match against AFC Bournemouth, continuing his strong recent run of goalscoring or assisting. He staves off a serious challenge from Manchester City's rapid wing duo and keeps his spot at the top.

Richarlison drew some ire over the weekend, but there's no doubt he's been effective for Watford, and he's been a pivotal factor in their rise to fourth.

Some names to watch here: Matt Ritchie, Michail Antonio and Tom Cleverley. They're all playing well and impacting positively for their teams.

Biggest rise: Tom Cleverley (+5)

Biggest fall: Andre Carrillo (-5)

Top 20 AMs/Wingers
RankPlayerClub
1Christian Eriksen (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
2Raheem Sterling (Stay)Manchester City
3Leroy Sane (Stay)Manchester City
4Richarlison (+2)Watford
5Marcus Rashford (Stay)Manchester United
6Henrikh Mkhitaryan (-2)Manchester United
7Mohamed Salah (+1)Liverpool
8Sadio Mane (-1)Liverpool
9Anthony Martial (Stay)Manchester United
10Michail Antonio (+4)West Ham United
11Juan Mata (-1)Manchester United
12Robbie Brady (-1)Burnley
13Danny Welbeck (Stay)Arsenal
14Matt Ritchie (+4)Newcastle United
15Tom Cleverley (+5)Watford
16Dele Alli (-1)Tottenham Hotspur
17Andre Carrillo (-5)Watford
18Alexis Sanchez (-2)Arsenal
19Riyad Mahrez (New!)Leicester City
20Jeff Hendrick (New!)Burnley

Strikers

Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku chases the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICT
PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

It's getting quite tough to order the top five. Largely, we just base it off how they played in their last performance, as they're all so close in goal tallies.

That means Gabriel Jesus' excellent performance against Stoke City is rewarded with a rise of four, while Romelu Lukaku's poor showing at Anfield sees him move down the same number of spots.

Chris Wood's back in after netting an equaliser for Burnley against West Ham, and Tammy Abraham makes his first appearance in the top 10 after notching his third and fourth goals of the campaign.

Biggest rise: Gabriel Jesus (+4)

Biggest fall: Romelu Lukaku (-4)

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

                                           

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