EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 12

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 21, 2017

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Alvaro Morata of Chelsea is tackled by Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on November 18, 2017 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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We were welcomed back to Premier League action in style!

A north London derby, a four-goal display from Chelsea, a standout showing from Mohamed Salah and much, much more was all crammed into a hectic three-day period. Gameweek 12, take a bow.

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     

WATFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19:  Heurelho Gomes of Watford celebrates as he Richarlison de Andrade of Watford scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19, 2017 in Watford, En
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We have a new entry this week in the form of Heurelho Gomes. The Brazilian returned from injury to put on a goalkeeping clinic against West Ham United, making three fine saves to deny the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate an equaliser.

Aside from that, there are no major storylines. Jonas Lossl and Rob Elliot both conceded four but can't really be held at fault for any of the goals, so they only move down one each, and that means Thibaut Courtois—essentially a spectator against West Bromwich Albionshifts up to fourth.           

Biggest rise: Multiple (+1)

Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)

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

Right-Backs/Right Wing-Backs

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Matthew Lowton of Burnley celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Kyle Walker's wise showing against West Brom widened the gap between himself and the rest of the pack once again, while Matthew Lowton's impressive performance against Swansea City closed the space between himself and second.

Kieran Trippier and Cedric Soares both endured rough weekends and move down a spot as a result, while Kiko Femenia and Mame Diouf both fared much better, so move up. Hector Bellerin's start to the season was slow, but he's improved of late and excelled in the north London derby, so he enters the top 10.

Biggest rise: Multiple (+1)

Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)

Top 10 RBs/RWBs
RankPlayerClub
1Kyle Walker (Stay)Manchester City
2Antonio Valencia (Stay)Manchester United
3Matthew Lowton (Stay)Burnley
4Kiko Femenia (+1)Watford
5Joe Gomez (-1)Liverpool
6Kieran Trippier (-1)Tottenham Hotspur
7Mame Diouf (+1)Stoke City
8Cedric Soares (-1)Southampton
9Danny Simpson (+1)
Leicester City
10Hector Bellerin (New!)Arsenal

Left-Backs/Left Wing-Backs

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18:  Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 18, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Sead Kolasinac's steady and assured performance in the north London derby keeps him snugly in first, but there's a change just below him, as Fabian Delph leapfrogs Ben Davies.

Delph initially struggled against the speed of Riyad Mahrez on Saturday so took on a firmer approach, clearing and smashing his way through the game to good effect.

Ashley Young is on the rise again after another peachy cross was converted for a back-post headed goal.

Biggest rise: Ashley Young (+3)

Biggest fall: Ryan Bertrand (-2)

Top 10 LBs/LWBs
RankPlayerClub
1Sead Kolasinac (Stay)Arsenal
2Fabian Delph (+1)
Manchester City
3Ben Davies (-1)Tottenham Hotspur
4Stephen Ward (Stay)Burnley
5Marcos Alonso (Stay)Chelsea
6Alberto Moreno (+1)Liverpool
7Ashley Young (+3)Manchester United
8Ryan Bertrand (-2)
Southampton
9Christian Fuchs (+1)Leicester City
10Javi Manquillo (-1)Newcastle United

Centre-Backs

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: James Tarkowski of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley and Swansea City at Turf Moor on November 18, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
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Another Burnley clean sheet means James Tarkowski stays at No. 1 in the centre-back section. He wasn't at his remarkable best against Swansea City but impressed alongside Ben Mee nonetheless.

The biggest mover this week is Nacho Monreal, whose recent form has generally been excellent, and he's up four spots (and into the top 10) following Saturday's performance.

Davinson Sanchez was arguably the only Spurs starter to impress in the derby, so his stock remains intact, while Christian Kabasele (goal-line clearance) and Kurt Zouma (headed strike) both had a big say in their respective games.

Biggest rise: Nacho Monreal (+4)

Biggest fall: Harry Maguire (-4)

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

Defensive Midfielders/Central Midfielders

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18:  Nemanja Matic of Manchester United and Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on November 18, 2017 in Manchester, Engla
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Paul Pogba's return to the pitch was a whirlwind of skill, but he's going to have to play a few more games before he can re-enter these rankings. His presence helped Nemanja Matic re-find a higher level, though, and he moves up one after a strong display against Newcastle United.

Jack Cork's heroics see him move into the top five, Abdoulaye Doucoure has been a bit patchy of late but re-found dominant form against West Ham, Antonio Conte is using Cesc Fabregas wel—and the results are tellin—and Davy Propper shone on Monday Night Football with his surging runs from midfield.      

Biggest rise: Multiple (+3)

Biggest fall: Multiple (-2)

Top 20 DMs/CMs
RankPlayerClub
1David Silva (Stay)Manchester City
2Fernandinho (Stay)Manchester City
3N'Golo Kante (Stay)Chelsea
4Nemanja Matic (+1)Manchester United
5Jack Cork (+1)Burnley
6Mario Lemina (-2)Southampton
7Steven Defour (Stay)Burnley
8Abdoulaye Doucoure (+3)Watford
9Tiemoue Bakayoko (Stay)
Chelsea
10Aaron Ramsey (Stay)Arsenal
11Cesc Fabregas (+3)Chelsea
12Mikel Merino (-1)Newcastle United
13Aaron Mooy (-1)Huddersfield Town
14Davy Propper (+2)Brighton & Hove Albion
15Eric Dier (-2)Tottenham
16Tom Cleverley (New!)Watford
17Georginio Wijnaldum (Stay)Liverpool
18Andrew Surman (New!)AFC Bournemouth
19Jonathan Hogg (-1)
Huddersfield Town
20Jordan Henderson (New!)Liverpool

Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul
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By far the most interesting section this week is this one, where star players performed out of their skins, causing some strange moves elsewhere.

For example, Riyad Mahrez, Pascal Gross, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Marcus Rashford all played well this weekend, but they all move down. Why? Because the likes of Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah and Alexis Sanchez come storming upward after destroying their respective opponents.

Further down, Mesut Ozil enters the top 20 for the first time this season, Robbie Brady re-joins it, and Xherdan Shaqiri has put together back-to-back strong showings.

Biggest rise: Eden Hazard (+4)

Biggest fall: Matt Ritchie (-5)

Top 20 AMs/Wingers
RankPlayerClub
1Kevin De Bruyne (Stay)
Manchester City
2Mohamed Salah (+3)Liverpool
3Raheem Sterling (-1)Manchester City
4Leroy Sane (-1)Manchester City
5Sadio Mane (+1)Liverpool
6Eden Hazard (+4)Chelsea
7Christian Eriksen (-2)Tottenham Hotspur
8Richarlison (+1)Watford
9Alexis Sanchez (+2)Arsenal
10Marcus Rashford (-3)Manchester United
11Riyad Mahrez (-3)Leicester City
12Anthony Martial (-1)Manchester United
13Pascal Gross (-1)Brighton & Hove Albion
14Anthony Knockaert (Stay)Brighton & Hove Albion
15Mesut Ozil (New!)Arsenal
16Robbie Brady (New!)Burnley
17JB Gudmundsson (Stay)Burnley
18Xherdan Shaqiri (+2)Stoke City
19Dele Alli (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
20Matt Ritchie (-5)Newcastle United

Strikers

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18:  Alvaro Morata of Chelsea scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on November 18, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Ge
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Not only does Harry Kane drop from the top this week, but he moves down two. His performance in the north London derby wasn't great; he didn't look fit or sharp.

Alvaro Morata takes his place after another impressive all-round showing. His combination play with Hazard is a sight to behold at times.

We scrabbled around for a 10th striker and landed on Tammy Abraham despite him being stretchered off against Burnley. Glenn Murray is on the radar, though, and could step in once he plays one more game.                   

Biggest rise: Multiple (+2)

Biggest fall: Harry Kane (-2)

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

                                           

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